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I believe my dog has developed allergies as he is constantly

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I believe my dog has developed allergies as he is constantly scatching, biting, and lickinghl himself self raw. What should I do? No fleas either
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months 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 11 months ago.

1) Is your companion taking any medication at this time?
2) Any illnesses you know about?
3) When did the itching begin?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No medication.
No illnesses
This summer...march...
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

It's very common for pet owners to complain that their had allergies during the summer and what we typically recommend for the average healthy dog is a dose of antihistamines. There are a wide range of medications that we can use that are available OTC for humans. My favorite antihistamine for dogs is Zyrtec because it seems to work better for most dogs than other antihistamines. I would recommend trying this with Diesel to see if this helps him. It may take 3-5 days of daily dosing to see the benefit, but they should be noted quickly after you start the medication. From there, you can continue giving until allergies resolve or you may continue through winter and back into summer. It will not harm a dog to be using antihistamines daily.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Could it be the food? I am feeding blue wilderness salmon. Could this be an issue
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

The potential exists, but we typically I see these symptoms from seasonal allergies. If you don't see any benefit at all from oral antihistamines, a diet switch to something novel like turkey, duck, quail, pheasant, rabbit, bison, etc. would be worthwhile. Unlike oral antihistamines, it can take 16 weeks or so before you'll see benefits from feeding a novel diet to an allergic dog. The allergens must leave their body and their immune system stop responding to the assault for the body to then respond in kind. One of the best ways to rule this out is to give oral antihistamines and see if the pet improves. If they do but not at 100%, other medications like atopica or apoquel can be considered.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

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