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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 (to ensure you are administering the proper dose for him but you can also use claritin 0.25 mg/ pound daily as an alternative as some dogs simply don't respond to benadryl)- 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- 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. If needed allergy testing and a consideration of a medication called apoquel which works incredibly well to control the discomfort associated with itch in dogs (prescription only through your veterinarian).Please let me know how else I can assist you both today
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