Have you seen fleas in your home? or on him?
Are there any raised areas?
Recent change of food?
What type of steroid shot did he receive if you remember?
Is he on any medications?
any other medications?
No, I have nto seen fleas on him or in my home. I was going to buys a flea comber to see if I pick uo any from his fur.
He has scabs from bititng hard. Skin on his left tail is exposed after chewingf hair off
Im not quite sure what type of shot he receieved. I will check my vet paper work at home
I have given him benedryl
How much benedryl?
No recent change in food. He eat Nutro Brand for Adult Dog
He weighs about how much?
When he stays at my boyfriends house. He feeds him a different type of dog food. Not the same. Would that make his itching worse?
He weighs 96lbs
He swims alot in my pool too
Food/diet can be a cause for itching if the pet has an allergy to something in the food. From now on I would take his food over with him.
After the pool he should be rinsed off to remove chlorine from his skin. Also, swimming can really dry the skin so a conditioner may be helpful.
what type of conditioner do you recommend
His benedryl dose is not sufficient for his size. He can actually have 4 tablets of benedryl 3-4 times daily.
and what do I use for his exposed skin on his tail
I would also recommend that he start on omega three fatty acids as well for his skin and coat.
Actually, I wouldn't worry about the exposed area. With air able to get to it the skin will heal faster.
I am not home during the day. I can only give him benedryl in the morning and in the evening when I get home.
Any conditioner made for dogs will work fine but be sure to rinse it out thoroughly. You can also use a spray coat conditioner sold in some stores or by your vet. The one I use is called HyLyt Bath spray and it works wonders but you have to try to get it as near the skin as possible.
Twice a day will work but he does need 100mg of benedryl.
Stick with this plan. If you still aren't seeing results then I would suggest alternating with benedryl in the morning and 10mg of zyrtec in the evening. These are two different types of antihistamine blockers that can have an added benefit, but it is best to start with one before adding another to see what works.
Is the Nutro food a good brand.? The one I get him has chicken in it
Nutro is fine. Down the road though if you continue to have year round versus seasonal issues then you may want to consider something hypoallergenic.
Or at least grain free to start.
So using the cone that was recommended is not necessary?
I would use it until he starts healing up more. Maybe another day or two but hopefully by then you will see some significant improvements.
ok. thanks for your advice.
The benedryl will need to be continued religiously until it gets cold again outside. Stay on the flea prevention as well at least for the rest of the summer and fall.
Should I still check for fleas?
You are treating him for them. So no need to go through the extra steps at this point. Just understand that he can still be getting bitten by fleas without you seeing them and can still be bitten even with a topical applied but hopefully this will be lessened.
If he has a severe flea allergy then all it takes is one bite to set him off. This is another reason why he should stay on the benedryl at least until it gets cold out again.
ok. understood. Thanks again
Thank you for coming to Just answer. I am so happy that I was able to assist you today. One thing I do want to recommend is that our goal is to get Harley as comfortable as possible and limit the amount of steroids if at all possible. If he develops further issues or continually gets worse come back and we can bounce off some more ideas off of eachother.
ok. Thank you very much ; )
You are welcome.
Hi Theresa - Sorry it took me awhile to get back to you. Harley is doing good. He isnt biting as much, the benegryl seems to be helping as long as he recieves his daily dosage. His tail is healing, starting to scab. Is it possible that it could get infected. Should I get him a flea collar as well. I read somewhere that the Advantage Flea Topical doesnt do the job.