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I have a maltese that all of a sudden has been chewing and

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i have a maltese that all of a sudden has been chewing and turning the areas pink
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: His name is
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: chewie and he is 8 years old
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Can it be ALLERGIES or diet
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

I am sorry to hear that Chewie is having this issue. Where is he chewing the most?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

I will give you a list of things to help with allergies but if there is any discharge, oozing, or no improvement with the recommendations then please consider a veterinary exam to control symptoms

- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours to help with the itch. This might cause mild sedation but this will subside with use
- Oatmeal-based dog shampoo daily at first with ten minute contact time to the most itchy areas then rinse thoroughly. Once the chewing begins to subside you can reduce the frequency of the baths
- Fish oil supplementation to promote a healthy skin and coat. A dose of 750 mg EPA & DHA daily and will take 2-4 weeks to have full effect
- A high quality organic diet not one that contains by products
- If necessary a thin layer of a 1% cortisone cream to the areas of irritation and chewing. Please wipe off after ten minute to minimize systemic absorption but also prevent ingesting it when licking
- A cone or e- collar that you can purchase at your local petstore to break the cycle of chewing and inflammatory reaction while the above recommendations begin to take effect

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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