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Good Morning and welcome. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
I am sorry to hear about Cooper's condition.
Most likely this is an allergic reaction and the constant scratching will cause a secondary pyoderma or skin infection which causes the odor and flaky skin. The best treatment if this is the case for Cooper is as follows:
If there is no response, then your vet will have to run tests such as skin scrapings and cultures to determine the cause and then they will treat according to these results. Some dogs will suffer from a Hypothyroid condition that will cause this skin issue also so this should be checked for Cooper.
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I have been giving him benadryl when needed for excessive itching, I wasnt sure if more was always better. I have trimmed away his hair before which seems to help for a bit. Thank you so much for all this information...Im going to get started on this. What do you think of lavender oil as well?
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