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Hello my 10 yr old Chihuahua is in a lot of distress which likes fleas which she has been treated now a grass allergy her belly is very red and she scrathes constantly

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the Chihuahua's name?

Sunshine she is a rescue dog

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the Chihuahua?

Our vets are closed but she is very healthy she does have some trust problems

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Is she on treatment currently? If so, what specifically?

When did she last have it?

How much does she weigh?

Is she just red or any skin changes (ie pustules/pimples, scabs, crusts, etc)?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
She has oral flea but it is red and very itchy no changes in her tummy apart from the redness and alot of scratching
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

My apologies I was called away urgently to a family emergency.

Now I am glad to hear that you have covered bases for the fleas directly but often dogs do keep being itchy after exposure to flea saliva (or anything they are allergic too like grass) because the immune system continues to overreact post-exposure. Therefore, we'd want to address that too and can try an OTC antihistamine to do so. Most often we use Benadryl/Diphenhydramine (ie. 0.5-2 mg per pound of their body weight every 8-12 hours) or Cetirizine (ie. 0.5 mg per pound of their body weight every 12-24 hours). We like to keep the dose low, as it can cause drowsiness. Of course, check with your vet first if your wee one has any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medications. Of course, if that isn't strong enough for Sunshine then you can speak to her vet about using a Atopica, Apoquel or a long acting steroid injection to control the immune reaction and with that soothe her skin irritation before she damages her skin or develops a secondary skin infection.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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