|Barked: Tue Jul 27, '10 9:42pm PST |
|As nearly as both the doctor and I can tell, fleas are not involved at this time. Plus, that's a different kind of itching.
I am not ready to allow Moira to have any steroids. That was just one of the options offered. The antihistamine targets histamine production, so it addresses just the allegic reaction. Steroids are like trying to kill a fly with a shotgun, IMO. They certainly have their uses, but I prefer to save them for more 'serious' issues.
Earlier today, I was just thinking of outdoor allergies, but things like laundry detergent are certainly suspect. I have never used fabric softener in the past, but have recently, plus a new detergent. I will go tomorrow and get a detergent that rinses out more thoroughly than what I currently have. I have been down this road with skinkids and allergies.
The location of the irritated skin indicates a contact allergy when she is laying down. Grass? Her bedding? My bed? Dust on the couch or carpet? The detective work begins.
Thank you, Panda, for your concern.
Edit: her doctor feels less than 20% of dog's allergies are caused by food and her itchies are not in the 'correct' areas for a food allergy. Moira eats a very varied diet so her exposure to a particular allergen is rotated often. I'm not starting with food. Contact allergies + yeast infection are my first focuses.
Edited by author Tue Jul 27, '10 9:47pm PST
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