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Our 3 year old Great Dane male has been scratching mself in

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Our 3 year old Great Dane male has been scratching himself in a variety of places. He has had a problem with ear mites, was treated and don't know if this has returned....What to do? (no hair missing or appearance of raw-like skin thus far)
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am sorry to hear Mac is itching so much. Luckily ear mites are localized to the ears and do not cause generalized itching

I can give you some basic guidelines but if there is no change please consider a veterinary exam to determine the underlying cause and more aggressive ways to control his symptoms
- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours for itch. It may cause mild sedation initially
- Oatmeal-based dog shampoo three times weekly to control the rich with ten minutes contact time before rinsing. This will help to soothe the skin and if there is a contact allergy it will rinse away the allergen
- Begin a fish oil supplement with 1500 mg EPA & DHA daily. This will help skin and coat health but can take 2-4 weeks to take full effect
- Ensure he is on a high quality diet with no by products which can cause itchiness in some dogs

I hope this information makes sense and gives you a starting point for how to control his symptoms. Please let me know how else I can assist you both this evening

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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