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eddiea17 posted:
HAVE TAKE MY DOG TO THE VET EVERY YEAR FOR SKIN IRRITATIONS --EACH TIME SHE GETS PUT ON MEDS FOR 3 MNTHS AND THEN IT goes away till the next summer when it reoccurrs! We dont have fleas and she is mainly an inside dog. She is on dick pattens natural balance dog food and gets plenty of rest n exercise-i bathe her with special medicated shapoo--$30 from vet--she itches herself raw. What can i do to rid this problem for good
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
In 2010 the number one pet insurance claim was for allergic skin disease in dogs. I wonder if your dog fits into this category? Since it is a recurrent skin problem you might want to ask your veterinarian if there is a skin specialist for dogs in your area. The veterinary dermatologist might have some special methods of controlling this pesky problem.

Ann Hohenhaus
Violets_are_Blue responded:
Will agree with Dr. Hohenhaus on seeing a skin specialist. Since it is an issue that happens around the same time every year, it could be seasonal allergies like humans get. See if you can discuss preventative measures with your regular vet and/or the specialist.


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