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Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Has she created a sore on her skin?
2- Have you checked for fleas?
3- How much does she weigh?
4- How long has this been going on?
Thank you for the picture; Is the skin becoming thick and black on the left side?
1- Did she have fleas?
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Friend, the area where she is itchy and losing hair is consistent with Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD). The thing with dogs with FAD is that it only takes 1 flea to bite the dog to cause the entire inflammation and itching so very often we don't find any fleas. I am going to make some recommendations below, if she does not show significant improvement within 1-2 days I would have her checked by family veterinarian for a hands on examination including a blood test to check her thyroid hormone levels. In addition, she may benefit from a short course of corticosteroids. Keep in mind it will take months for all of the hair to grow back.
1- Start her on Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg every 12 hours for the next 1-2 weeks.
2- Supplement with omega-3 fatty acids; you can buy this over the counter in any pet store, give at label dose
3- Put an ecollar (cone) on her to stop her from scratching. You can buy an ecollar (cone) over the counter in any pet store.
4- If no improvement within 1-2 days I would have her checked by family vet as discussed above.
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