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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- What is the name of the food that she is on now?
2- When you changed food did the brand have chicken, beef, etc.?
3- How much does she weigh?
4- How many milligrams of benadryl were you giving and how often?
5- Any lesions on the skin like: Redness, crusty, etc.?
6- Did your vet do a skin scrapping?
7- Is she currently on any medication?
1- How many times a day are you giving her Benadryl?
2- How often are you bathing her?
3- What shampoo do you use?
Friend, give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, certainly this could be related to allergies as your vet suspected. But, if you are bathing her once a week and are seeing dandruff in her skin it is possible she could have a dry coat, which would be very itchy.
It is also important to remember that when doing a food trial you should place the patient on a diet with a source of protein that they seldom ate in the past. Or, try a hypoallergenic diet like Hill's z/d. This is what you can try:
1- Change her diet to a prescription food called Hill's z/d, this is a hypoallergenic diet only available through a veterinarian. Or, you can try a grain free diet with a different source of protein than what she normally has had in the past. For example: If she seldom ate fish then put her on a grain free diet with fish. When on this diet she should not eat anything else (no table food) or she will not improve. Needs to be on this diet for 6-8 weeks before you see significant improvement. For treats you can give veggies like: Broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.2- Continue on Benadryl.3- Supplement with Eicosaderm (omega 3 fatty acids); you can buy this over the counter in any pet store or online. Give at label dose.4- Bath her once every 21 days and use an oatmeal based shampoo.5- If after doing the above there is no improvement I would have her re-checked by family veterinarian. Discuss with your vet about doing a skin scrapping, if negative consider a trial with allergy medications like apoquel.Please do not forget to rate my answer - I hope you found it to be excellent. If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know. It’s my goal to provide you with excellent service." Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!Dr. Peter