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I've read a couple of threads on here that hits on similar skin issues that I am having w/Duke, but I didn't want to hijack anyones threads by posting about my dog.

It all started about 3 months ago (roughly) he slowly started itching from time to time and it eventually escalated to severe itching to the point he would nearly fall because he would try and scratch behind his front legs while walking. He has dug a penny size bloody patch on top of his head and scratched up behind his frontlegs to the point of scabbing as well.

One month ago the vet thought it may be food allergies so started giving him Natural Balance venison and sweet potatoe dry food with no change.

He then thought it may be scabies and since it's easier to treat than diagnose he gave him medicine for that; again no change.

I don't like the way my vet just shoots from the hip so I decided to try Bendryl. This helped a great deal. The spot on his head is healing, but he still scratches enough to keep behind his front legs tore up.

My logical deduction is that he has allergies, but to exactly what I don't know.

Would it be safe practice to try Temaril P on him or should I see a specialist first?
 

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There are just soo many things that can cause allergies and the logical one always to start with is food..But it sounds like that hasn't gotten any better after your food switch..Benadryl is good for relieving allergy symptoms, but I would want to find the cause..This time of year with all the pollen a lot of dogs and us peeps as well are having allergy problems, so yes he could just be reacting to the pollen..Or it could be dust or soo many things....We have a few people on here that have had a lot more experience with this, so hoping they will chime in
 

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Your vet can draw a blood sample and have it sent in and they will tell you what allergies he has.  I had that done for Mateo and he is allergic to the World!  Poor guy.  They then can make up a vaccine that you give every 3 days or so to help with the allergies.  I started him on it for a few weeks and he was so crazy itchy from that so I just stopped it and went back to bendadryl which helps but isn't a cure.  You could ask your vet about the Temaril P if you want and try it for a while.

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we went through the same thing with Harley (bassett hound). turned out he was allergic to any food that was red. I know it sounds weird, but since then, we havent had any problems until recently. We thought maybe he was over it or had out grown it. Nope, he started scratching his sides and chewing his underside like crazy again. we just changed his food again and hes getting better. I don't know how much help that will be, changing food with our Bassett hounds isn't a big deal since they seem to have cast iron stomachs!!
 

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We have an appt at the doggy dermatologist next Thursday so hopefully he can shed some light on his condition.
 

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Dukes...did you visit to the dog dermatologist yield any results?  Out Layla has been having some itchy issues lately too so I'm wondering what the dermatologist had to say.  We've been keeping her on Benadryl which seems to help, but I still notice redness in some areas, particularly arm pits of front legs.
 

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Maybe adding oil supplements to the food?  I know that Henry is kinda itchy right now, not as bad as your's though.  Adding a little NutriCoat to his food helps quite a bit.  Plus a little Benadryl.  For us it is mostly fire ants.  I swear that dog attracts those things! :roll:   Good luck finding what it is.  Can you keep in touch and let us know how it goes?
 

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Yes...forgot to mention that we do add some oils to her food.  DVM gave us something called 3VCaps...supposed to have the right mix of the oils and fatty acids that she needs.
 
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