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Was she having these itching licking issues before you put the soresto collar on her?
Have you tried any other treatment?
Are you seeing fleas or flea dirt?
How much does she weigh?
Thank you. And when did the itching licking start? Is the time frame the same as when you put the flea collar or drops on her?
Okay it sounds like she has allergies.
The most common allergies are environmental, food, and flea saliva.
So in her case with no signs of fleas environmental and food would be more likely.
She could have allergies to both.
Your vet could blood test her to see what she is allergic to. That is the only way to know what she is allergic to.
You can try over the counter benadryl which is an antihistamine. 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet every 12 hours.
Over the counter hydrocortisone cream or spray can be applied to itchy areas as well. It is not toxic if she licks it.
But you can not control things like pollen or molds or dust mites in the house even if she never goes out. There are things in the house she can be allergic to.
Yes, that is correct regular human adult benadryl and hydrocortisone cream.
Chicken is a common food allergen.
The way we determine what they are allergic to is to put them on a hypo-allergenic diet.
It has to be a protein that she has never ever had ever. Some examples are venison, goat, and rabbit.
For her breed? I thought you were worried about the allergies and so you would need to do a hypoallergenic diet.
She is licking her nails because her feet itch from allergies or she has anxiety. They lick their feet with anxiety.
They can get nail bed infections which cause the nail beds to be red and inflamed. If the nail beds are red and inflamed she should see a vet for sure.
Beef, lamb, soy, wheat, corn, and dairy are also common allergens.
I would try Hill z/d for the 8 week diet trial. You can buy it from the vet clinic or online.
You could also do Wellness limited ingredient.
But you need to pick a protein she has never ever had before.
My first guess would be allergies then with all her other symptoms.
As far as why she is licking her nails I would rule out allergies first.
Did all of that make sense? Do you have any other questions?
Try Wellness limited ingredient then. I just use the Hills z/d for the 8 week diet trial.
If she has allergies they are not going to go away so you have to give benadryl basically for the rest of her life.
You could take her to the vet, get allergy testing done to see what she is allergic to, and then get allergies shots to desensitize her to the allergens.
Otherwise she is going to remain allergic if she has some environmental allergies.
There should not be any problems with giving benadryl long term.
You are very welcome.
It is going to take some detective work on your part to figure out if it is food allergies or environmental allergies or both.
Even if you get the blood test done that is really only reliable for environmental allergies.
Then you still have to do a 8 week hypo-allegenic diet trial to see if she has food allergies.