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Where exactly on his body is he itching?
Any areas of hair loss or sores/redness on the skin? If so, where?
Is there any substance that looks like dirt on his skin?
Thanks for the information. I assume no areas of hair loss either? While fleas are still possible because you cannot always see the fleas, especially if there are only a few running around on them, or the dog is allergic to the flea saliva, there is a strong possibility that you are dealing with some other form of allergy as well, either environment or food. Environmental allergies are most likely. The best course of action is to have your vet rule out an underlying skin infection to make sure he doesn't need to be on antibiotics (less likely if there are no skin lesions whatsoever, including hair loss, scaling and crusting), but it sounds like he most likely needs to be on a course of prednisone to get the itching under control. Determining what the allergy may be usually requires allergy testing, which is usually not necessary if you don't plan on putting him on allergy injections. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Well, like I said, it does sound like he has more of an environmental allergy issue to something growing or pollinating outside. It could be stuff in the house as well, like dust mites, mold, dander, etc. The problem with allergies is that there is not a cure. The closest thing to a cure is allergy injections based off allergy testing, which is not always 100% effective. Some of these dogs may need to be on prednisone a few times a year to control the allergies or something like Apoquel or Atopica if needed more year round. It could just be a seasonal thing for him. Skin mites are still possible and cannot be ruled out without a skin scraping, but it sounds more like allergies to me. As far as food allergies go, the only way to rule those out is to put him on a prescription hypoallergenic or novel protein/carbohydrate diet for 12 weeks. Nothing else but water can pass his lips during that time. He at least needs to be on some medication for the itching before he really does damage to his skin, though. Those medications should work, but they will not cure the problem. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.
Hello. I was following up to see how Bo is doing and to see if you have any further questions.