HI again --
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Now to the problem at hand --
this sounds like a bacterial/yeast infection likely secondary to allergies (aka atopy, atopic dermatitis). Allergies will respond to steroids -- but it is not safe to give those for long term treatments.
This can be a very complex issue -- (also read expensive issue) to address correctly -- so if you are looking at less than $30 per month -- we are very limitedin what may work.
There are a few things to try -- and one has to remember that this is a managed disease -- it does not get cured. Just like a person with allergies it will have to be managed with a combination of medications, control of exposure to allergens, and food possibly.
Allegies are triggered by environmental things (pollen, grass, carpet claeners, etc. etc. etc) , food ingredients, and flea saliva (so one flea bite can do this). Flea bite allergies are the most common -- and easiest to control -- so it is always advised to have an allergic dog on a good safe flea preventative (Frontline, advantage for example -- do avoid generic or sale priced brands due to toxins and reactions in allergic dogs).
Next -- benedryl can be used up to 1mg per pound every 8 hours for allergies --so 1/2 of a tablet every 8 hours for this size dog is appropriate. And may need to be used after the allergic reaction has been brought under control by a steroid (in other words -- start this med while on teh steroid -- and continue) . Medicaitons may be needed seaseonally (if due to a pollen or grass) or full time all teh time.
Other antihistamines that are over the counter that sometimes works are -- chloramphenramine, and loratidine (claritin) . Use only one at a time -- and give for 2-3 weeks for a full effect.
regarding food -- Usually a prescription diet is used to trial this -- but more than 30 per month -- you may try something like blue buffalo wilderness food -- which takes out many of the grains. Dogs can be allergic to such common things as chicken etc. .so this can be a bit of a challenge -- and food trials have to be run with NO TREATS and the trialed food only for 2-3 weeks to see a full effect.
Lastly -- topical treatments that are over the counter are limited - oatmeal shampoos are short lived releif. as are hydrocortsone creams.
And if the skin is red, painful, oozing or infected -- Allergy testing (where you actually find out what yrou dog is reacting to so it can be avoided, or allergy shots given, and diets recommended to avoid ingredients) can be done (cost 350 - 700 -- depends on where you are located).
If you have other specific questions -- you can write me back .
I hope this information helps!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian