Dog Itching on Multiple Body Parts; Causing Scabs & Hair Loss
by John L.
(Alhambra, CA, Los Angeles)
We have a 4 year old border collie mix female spayed, who every so often used to get skin rashes and once in a while her itching got worse. Temaril-P seems to be the only thing to help her.
For the past two and a half weeks she has been scratching a lot behind her ears and sides, and licking and biting her paws, rear and sides to the point that she has scabs from the scratching. Also, she has bite wounds on her rear and sides, and lost hair. Just to clarify, the rash is localized in the areas mentioned above.
Around three weeks ago we stopped giving her Temaril-P because we were concerned of the side effects to her in the long run and because we had some credibility issues with her current vet and the treatment provided to another of our dogs. We have been treating her hot spots with witch hazel and giving her benadryl 25 mlg in tablet form and no luck in controlling the issue.
We continue giving her benadryl and we switched to apple vinegar to help clean the hot spots. It seems to help but temporarily. We also gave her a baking soda bath to relieve the itchiness but again it is temporarily. For over a year and a half now we switched her food to be grain free (B.G.-before grain brand) and every other day we give her one omega 3 and glucosamine tablet.
Our question is what can we give her to control, what we think to be environmental allergies, that it is organic or at least not steroidal with horrible future side effects?
We believe it is environmental because once in a while after going to the park she gets a small rash on her behind and after a bath with oatmeal shampoo she seems to get better. This was of course when she was taking Temaril-P daily. She rarely sneezes and has good appetite but lately she does not even what to eat much her dry food but does eat carrots and some treats.
Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.
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