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Is she digging with her front paws?When did this begin?Is she routinely groomed by a professional?Is she taking any medication at this time?
How well does the Benadryl work for her?How much does she weigh?How many milligrams are given and how often?
The dose is appropriate for her, but if it doesn't help with the itching she needs to switch medications. I would urge you to try Zyrtec instead as it tends to work better for dogs. The dosing information is available here: http://www.aahneenah.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/antihistamines_dogs.pdf If this doesn't help, talk to your vet about medications like cytopoint, apoquel or atopica for her.The scooting behavior you're seeing is likely due to full anal glands that need to be expressed. Have your vet check these anytime she scoots. These are most often expressed during a regular grooming appointment but many smaller breed dogs need this done every 4-6 weeks and every 12 may be too infrequent for her needs. The cost of having your vet express them would likely be similar in cost to having a groomer just bathe her. You may wish to have this done monthly, if so, between her regular grooms so that the groomer can express the glands. This is both a smelly and invasive job and one I urge owners to leave to the professionals due to what it entails.Quite frequently when dogs dig on the carpet indoors they are hearing animals under the floor or in the walls of the home. If you live in an older home or one with multiple floors/spacing under the home, this may be the case for Bronte. With the seasons changing toward fall, animals or insects may be coming into these spaces and she may be able to hear them. Correct her, but redirect her attention to something else to do such as chewing on a bully stick or playing with a toy. You can also turn a radio on or leave the TV on to give her something else to listen to aside from these noises.
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