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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your dog! Has your vet tried any other medications on your dog? It sounds like he likely suffers from atopic dermatitis if your vet doesn't suspect that a food allergy may be involved (has your vet advised you of certain diets to try ?). Here is an article on this condition:http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=597
There are a few drugs that can be effective in these guys, including Atopica and Apoquel. Other long term options include allergy testing and allergy shots.