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1) Where is she chewing? 2) What flea prevention is being used and how often is it applied? 3) On any meds? 4) When did she last have diagnostics with your vet (blood work? x-rays) and what was run?
Can you attach a few pictures of her and/or video so that I may see what you're seeing?
Bless her little heart. She is textbook for allergies and flea allergy dermatitis. Goodness.Okay, let's see what I can find to help your girl:What medication is she taking at this time that isn't flea prevention?Still on rimadyl? What date was the cortisone injection?Have you tried anything other than frontline, advantage and capstar? Have you tried any oral antihistamines?
No problem. How much does she weigh and how much Benadryl is she receiving at each dosing? How often?I am going to put in an offer for a phone call if this might be easier for you over the phone.
That's okay, I offer them when I can. If the customer cannot accept, we continue on as we have been.At 50-60#, she is not only not receiving enough Benadryl but she's not receiving it as often as needed. As well, I have never found a medium to large breed dog with allergies that has responded very well to benadyl. I prefer and use Zyrtec. The intense itching that she is experiencing may be part of her weight loss, but it could also be something else.Give me just a few moments here to type out some extra info for you on what I'd do in your position.
1) Begin giving daily Zyrtec. With her intense itching, go 7-10 days before judging how well it's working for her. You can buy this OTC at any human pharmacy and if the off brand is available, save some pennies and get the cheaper version. Dosing info here: http://cheyennewest.com/antihistamines-for-dogs-cats/2) Switch to another flea prevention. Frontline and advantage are showing lots of resistances, which I'm surprised your vet didn't mention. The seresto collars do seem to work quite well for dogs, but the Scalibor collars don't. Confirm which one you've used, just to be sure. I would look at using Bravecto, Comfortis or Nexgard. This is a chewable tablet, so if you need to bathe her you won't be washing off the product (which can happen with advantage, which decreases the chance that you'll see benefits). These can be purchased online, but you may need a prescription to order. Bravecto may be out of your price point, but Comfortis and Nexgard may be in your price range. Also consider calling vet offices to see if anyone sells single doses. Depending on local regulation, they may need to see your pet first so make sure to ask if this needs to happen and, if so, if the vet charges for this check. Some vet offices are required to see the pet before they dispense but don't charge to peek at the dog and say they definitely need flea prevention and then not charge for that brief exam. More info: http://www.1800petmeds.com/NexGard+Chewables-prod10356.html3) Start giving her satin balls to help put weight on her. This can wait until later on if needed and money put toward other treatments. She's thin but she is not emaciated. Recipe: http://www.njboxers.com/satin-balls-recipe.html
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