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I am sorry to hear your visiting 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- Oatmeal-based dog shampoo three times weekly up to daily if necessary 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 allergenMore longterm:- 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 her symptoms. Please let me know how else I can assist you both today
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Frontline can help with some of these but I have seen better results with revolution (which is also heart worm prevention) or nexgard which off label is approved for use in mites and small bugs versus frontline which is not as wide spectrum
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