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I will give you a list of things to help with allergies but if there is any discharge, oozing, or no improvement with the recommendations then please consider a veterinary exam to control symptoms- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours to help with the itch. This might cause mild sedation but this will subside with use- Oatmeal-based dog shampoo daily at first with ten minute contact time to the most itchy areas then rinse thoroughly. Once the chewing begins to subside you can reduce the frequency of the baths- Fish oil supplementation to promote a healthy skin and coat. A dose of 750 mg EPA & DHA daily and will take 2-4 weeks to have full effect- A high quality organic diet not one that contains by products- If necessary a thin layer of a 1% cortisone cream to the areas of irritation and chewing. Please wipe off after ten minute to minimize systemic absorption but also prevent ingesting it when licking- A cone or e- collar that you can purchase at your local petstore to break the cycle of chewing and inflammatory reaction while the above recommendations begin to take effect- Again if no improvement then please consider a veterinary exam. There are medicated shampoos as well as oral medications to control symptoms such as apoquel (CLICK HERE) and hopefully help get Maggie comfortable.I hope this information is helpful but please let me know how else I can assist you both today!
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