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1) Do you have pictures of the irritated area? 2) What antihistamines have been used? 3) Have any diagnostics been performed on him to see if there's a cause for itching? 4) Are you seeing hair loss? Pigment changes on his skin? If so, which and where? 5) What flea prevention is being used and when was it last applied? 6) Where is he primarily scratching?
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The first thing I would do is get your companion to a vet's office (or a groomer) to have the anal glands checked. Full, irritated anal glands are the top reason for a dog licking in this area.I would also recommend using a topical flea prevention. Sentinel only keeps flea eggs from hatching, it does absolutely nothing for adult fleas. This is the second most common reason we see dogs licking in this area.The two concerns combined could certainly cause the hair loss and irritation you're seeing in this area.Another method of approach will be to switch antihistamines. It's my professional experience that benadryl does not help allergy dogs very well. My favorite is zyrtec and its available OTC, as well, in the pharmacy section. Dosing info here: http://cheyennewest.com/antihistamines-for-dogs-cats/If this does not help with the itching, I would talk to your vet about using something like atopica or apoquel as both are more effective at helping itching dogs than antihistamines. It may take a full 3-5 days (sometimes longer) on daily zyrtec to see the benefits, if there are any to be had on this medication, for him.
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