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I have 2 mastiffs and they both have been scratching

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I have 2 bull mastiffs and they both have been scratching themselves, licking and chewing their paws. I have looked in between their pads on their paws and they are red.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Are either dog currently receiving any medications? has anything been tried and failed to work?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No medications for the itching, licking and chewing. They did the same thing last year around summer at the same time that I gave them the flea and tick med Bravecto. Wondering if those are side effects of the med?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

It's very unlikely. What you're describing is more common with seasonal allergies, especially the licking of the feet.

I can give you some steps to take at home, Donnie, but if this does not help them they'll need to see your vet. Antihistamines often work well at home but once pets have begun damaging their skin they my need more aggressive therapy such as steroids to bring down inflammation and antibiotics to prevent or treat an infection on the skin. At home, I would try Zyrtec for them both. You can find this OTC at most any human pharmacy: http://www.aahneenah.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/antihistamines_dogs.pdf

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Checking in. How is your companion today?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.
Hi Donnie,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Samson.. How is everything going?

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