|Barked: Thu Aug 18, '11 6:58pm PST |
|If he has a bad enough flea allergy, one is all it takes!
I've learned this first hand- right now I'm dealing with one of the worst flare ups I've ever experienced with Mulder, and only recently have I been able to get things somewhat under control.
If its bothering him badly enough, you might want to take him to the vet and get their opinion. I didn't believe Mulder even had fleas until the vet basically did a full body comb and found them on him (only a couple, not a bad infestation at all). I was shocked, but there was the problem. It only takes one to make an allergy dog absolutely miserable.
Switching flea products is what the vet prescribed in my case. And steroids to help with the itching, though I have decided not to go through with that.
Belly/groin itching doesn't really scream "food allergy" to me, but the paw chewing might. The Blue is a good option, though you could always try a grain-free if you're really thinking its food related.
Does he get gunk (think yellow-ish discharge) in his eyes as well, or is it just the head rubbing/scratching? Might be seasonal allergies- dogs can get them every bit as bad as people/ I know ragweed is a really bad one here.
Talk to your vet about trying an antihistamine. Mulder was beyond being helped by benadryl (tried it, did nothing), but it might be helpful in your case.
Maybe consider some cortisone cream for the belly rash- just make sure he doesn't lick it! Could also try an aloe spray or other soothing topical, might not help if its bad enough, but it certainly couldn't hurt.
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