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I am sorry to hear about Cookie's itching.
What flea treatment are you using?
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I would not use prednisone first; it has a lot of side effects and we use it only when absolutely necessary. Have you tried antihistamines? She could take 12.5 mg Benadryl 2 to 3 times daily or 2.5 mg Claritin once to twice daily. Be sure to get the plain antihistamine, nothing with pseudoephedrine in it.
It will help to know what flea product you are using, and what other questions you have.
Keep using the Advantage every month.
There is a medication called Apoquel, that I use before prednisone these days. It really helps about 80% of itchy dogs, without the side effects of the prednisone. It is by prescription.
If you use prednisone, use as little as possible, and try to wean her off it as soon as possible. I would start a 10 pound dog on 2.5 mg twice daily for 2 to 3 days then go to once daily then every other day. If it were my own dog, I would not use the pred.
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