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My dog is scratching all the time and has dry flaky skin. Her

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My dog is scratching all the time and has dry flaky skin. Her skin is also red when you look under her fur. What can I do to help her flaky itchy skin.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Debbie replied 5 years ago.


Does your dog have any bald spots?

How much does she weigh?


Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She is about 15 lbs. a rat terrier. She doesn't have any hairloss. She has a red rash on her stomach as well. She is also chewing on her feet a times.
Expert:  Dr. Debbie replied 5 years ago.

This definitely sounds like canine atopy, or allergies. This can be due to environmental allergens, insects or foods. It is hard to tell which exactly is causing the problem without testing so many people treat the allergy symptoms of their pets with antihistamines or steroids since allergy testing usually runs around $300.00. The reddened, itchy, flaky skin and foot licking/chewing are all signs of canine atopy. You can try treating with Benadryl, 1 teaspoon or 1/2 tablet, three times daily. If this doesn't work then you may need to see your vet for some prescription steroids. You can also use a hydrocortisone spray on the red areas just to help reduce the itch and inflammation.


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