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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 but unfortunately there is no natural substitute for prednisolone
I can give you some basic guidelines but you may want to investigate the cause of the itching. For example is it food allergy or environmental. Food allergies are not seasonal but year round versus environmental allergies may wax and wane in severity throughout the year
- 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 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 (or a medicated shampoo with chlorhexidine)- 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 dogsI hope this information makes sense and gives you a starting point for how to control his symptoms. You can also talk to your veterinarian about apoquel which is a newer medication that is very effective to minimize itching and is easier on dogs than the prednisolone is with no side effects. CLICK HERE for more informationPlease let me know how else I can assist you both today
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