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My companion Maxxy (Black Labrador) has been awfully itchy for the last month or so, the vet said it could be any number of things and to wait and see (because it may just be allergies), so we've been rubbing his hot spots with anti-itch lotion, bathing him once a week in anti-itch shampoo and after shampoo cream, as well as a benerdryl twice a day.<br><br>
Is there anything else we can be doing, what has worked for any of you?!
 

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Is he on flea control? Depending on your area fleas can be a yearlong problem and can cause severe allergic reactions. The first step with itchy pets is usually flea control if the area warrants. Fleas are sneaky little creatures that can be present in low levels in the environment and escape most people's detection while still existing in large enough numbers to make an allergic pet miserable.<br><br>
Have you looked at his diet? What kind of food is he getting? Food allergies can crop up and an elimination diet is a pretty simple thing to manage. For example, if we feed Bodhi chicken he itches himself raw and develops an infection. Same deal for duck. A lamb or fish based food works well for him. Usually food trials can be implemented by trying a food with both a novel protein and carb source and feeding *only* that food for several weeks.<br><br>
For Bodhi during his worst periods we had him on antibiotics because of the secondary infections and Vanectyl-P for the itching. Vanectyl-P is a combo of a steroid and an antihistamine so it definitely knocks out the itching. Of course, steroids can cause side effects so I tend to use it very sparingly with him. Fortunately we hit on the food angle pretty quickly with him and he was only on the meds for 10 days.<br><br>
Great article on Itching and Allergy in Dogs [/url}
 

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yea i would treat w/ a flea product to be safe, they are not always easy to find.<br><br>
how old is he? seasonal allergies often develop around 2 yrs of age in pets once they get re-exposed to environmental allergens for the 2nd time. diet allergies are more common in older pets, the best way to differentiate between seasonal and diet is to just see if things change as the season changes. could always try a different diet if u wanted, choose something w/ different ingredients and something with fewer ingredients in general.<br><br>
there's lots of things that can cause itching though, there's certainly a number of parasites aside from fleas.
 

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Is he on flea control? Depending on your area fleas can be a yearlong problem and can cause severe allergic reactions. The first step with itchy pets is usually flea control if the area warrants. Fleas are sneaky little creatures that can be present in low levels in the environment and escape most people's detection while still existing in large enough numbers to make an allergic pet miserable.<br><br>
Have you looked at his diet? What kind of food is he getting? Food allergies can crop up and an elimination diet is a pretty simple thing to manage. For example, if we feed Bodhi chicken he itches himself raw and develops an infection. Same deal for duck. A lamb or fish based food works well for him. Usually food trials can be implemented by trying a food with both a novel protein and carb source and feeding *only* that food for several weeks.<br><br>
For Bodhi during his worst periods we had him on antibiotics because of the secondary infections and Vanectyl-P for the itching. Vanectyl-P is a combo of a steroid and an antihistamine so it definitely knocks out the itching. Of course, steroids can cause side effects so I tend to use it very sparingly with him. Fortunately we hit on the food angle pretty quickly with him and he was only on the meds for 10 days.<br><br>
Great article on Itching and Allergy in Dogs [/url}</div>
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No Fleas, And we changed his food (waited the appropriate amount of time to see if that would help, it didn't)
 

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Do you brush him regularly? He may be trying to blow his winter coat. That is, if labs get winter coats. Sorry, I'm not very helpful am I?
 

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Do you brush him regularly? He may be trying to blow his winter coat. That is, if labs get winter coats. Sorry, I'm not very helpful am I?</div>
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He's brushed every other morning to save the carpets :p
 

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He might need a short course of cortisone. Something else that works super-great for itchiness is apple cider vinegar. Add it to the bath water when you rinse him off, or dab it on the itchy spots.<br><br>
Good luck to you and Maxxy!
 

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Sounds like it could be seasonal allergies. You seem to be doing all that you can! Itchy allergy dogs (and cats) can be frustrating! Hopefully its not a dietary allergy.
 

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He actually seems to be doing very well, I'm not terrified at the moment that every time i leave the house he's scratching himself bald, so that's good.
 

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Are his nails filed down so he won't tear himself up or introduce bacteria while you are working on finding out why he is itchy?<br><br>
As much as it sucks if he keeps pulling the fur out and licking himself while you are not there, you might was to get him an e-collar so the ointment has a chance to sooth him.
 

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Are his nails filed down so he won't tear himself up or introduce bacteria while you are working on finding out why he is itchy?<br><br>
As much as it sucks if he keeps pulling the fur out and licking himself while you are not there, you might was to get him an e-collar so the ointment has a chance to sooth him.</div>
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He has a cone when we're not home, and his nails are kept trim, its doing much better lately, but he's still going back to the vet Friday.
 

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On the radio yesterday, they were talking about all the itchy dogs and how it's going around all of Western Washington. Hmph...
 
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