Dog Constantly Licking & Scratching
(Yorba Linda, CA, USA)
I have a 10 year old Shih Tzu who is having problems with constant itching, licking and chewing. I have been to the vet several times and they tell me he has allergies.
He's on CD Hills Prescription dog food because he has urinary tract infections. He gets hot spots that I treat with a cortisone spray. I give him Benadryl to relieve itching. The vet said that should help. But the Benadryl really doesn't help at all.
He does have the black spots on his skin (around his legs) that another person wrote you about. His skin is oily and he does have a different smell when he's going through this.
He also tends to get very hot. This condition normally goes for about three to four weeks, then it goes away.
I'm at my wits end. I can't get any sleep because he cries and licks and bites himself all night long.
We are on week five and no changes in sight. The condition comes back every 3 months.
I have been putting drops in his food that are called HP. Drops really aren't helping, but I just started them three days ago.
He does eat treats that are not CD treats. He also gets table scraps.
He hasn't had vaccination shots in over five years.
What can I do to help him?
As far as his personality, he's not a real affectionate dog, yet he always needs to be in the same room as a family member. He doesn't get along with other dogs unless he has gotten to know them.
He hates having birds in his territory. He chases them until they leave. He eats CD hard food mixed with soft food twice a day.
I would love any help you can give me.
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