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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am sorry to hear your dog is itching so much.
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 the symptoms
- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours for itch. It may cause mild sedation initially- Oatmeal-based dog shampoo twice daily at first until reduced redness to those spots then slowly taper to two to three times weekly to control the itch 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 you are feeding a high quality diet with no by products which can cause itchiness in some dogs- If necessary socks on the back feet temporarily so they cannot cause further damage to the areas of redness/ bleedingI hope this information makes sense and gives you a starting point for how to control her symptoms but if she is very uncomfortable and no change with my recommendations she may require medicated shampoo, oral antibiotics, and possibly even steroids to control her symptoms. Please let me know how else I can assist you both this evening, I am online another 30 minutes to assist you
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