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    My dog cannot stop scratching and biting himself to pieces.
    elsie826 posted:
    We have a 2 1/2 year old male chow/rottweiler mix who we have had to the vet several times for this same problem. We live in Florida and the vet thought he had bad allergies, he had been put on prednisone and another steroid for itching and antibiotics. They have always helped but the steroid makes him fight with our pit bull nonstop and he becomes very mean. Anytime he is done with the meds it starts right back up again. I was also given a list of 5 different over the counter antihistamines to try on him, nothing seems to help. My husband baths him every few days with Allermyl which we purchased from the vet. We have also tried benadryl cream, spray and hydrocortisone cream...Any suggestions?
    Home2strays responded:
    im in florida as well- perhaps its time to go ahead and see a board certified veterinary dermatologist? in the long run it could save you money instead of trying different things with your regular vet. Another thing would be to do a blood panel for allergies although they are not always reliable especially for the food portion of it but he needs to be off of steroids for (i believe) 4 weeks prior to having the test done. Where exactly is he itching? what time of year/day? Have you done a strict food trial? what food is he on?
    elsie826 replied to Home2strays's response:
    When he scratches it is usually under his arms and legs and sometimes his belly. He is constantly biting his belly area and he keeps picking at his paws. A few months ago he had a skin infection from all of that biting and the pads on his paws were almost raw. We had used neosporin ointment and taped a baby sock over his paws until they healed up. Last year whenever he had these allergies it was mainly in the summer, once the cooler weather came they stopped. We try to keep him inside as much as possible thinking that something outside has been the culprit, he has been scratching no matter where he is at 24/7. We had cooler weather for a few days recently and it didn't ease up at all. I have been very careful in whatever I buy him, I make sure it has meat or chicken listed as one of the first ingredients, that hasn't helped either. He had been eating Pedigree or Purina dog food right along. We have been giving him more table food like chicken, beef, etc since we know that would be more natural. He seems to be getting worse. We were trying to wait until it cooled off to see if it made a difference before taking him to see a specialist. It is just so pitiful watching him already. We have talked to the vet a few times and we were told that should be the very last option to take him to a specialist since it is so expensive, it is coming to that point. Thanks so much for all of your help!!
    Home2strays replied to elsie826's response:
    seeing as how its his feet, belly, armpit then it definetly sounds like a contact allergy (hes laying and walking on something making him itchy otherwise it would be his ears and back as well) it could even be the carpet or rugs in your house or whatever you clean your floors with. If its a food allergy those usually cause ear infections as well- but not always- to do a food trial your dog needs to be on a special limited ingredient diet of something hes NEVER eaten, we usually put them on venison and potato or duck and potato and thats a prescription diet sold by vets but he can have NOTHING else while on the food trial, the theory is to give them something theyve never had (therefore cant be allergic to) before and get the allergies better and then you can start adding in different treats 1 at a time to see if one of those has the ingredient in it thats causing the problem. You have to be very, very strict though that he gets only that prescription food and NO people food or treats and the trial should last about 3 months.
    elsie826 replied to Home2strays's response:
    Thanks also for the great advise...I was talking with a friend again and he had mentioned to me before about a supplement called Chlorea, it is supposed to help with itching. He said he knows someone who gives it to her dog so I did call my vet and she did some research on it and told me as long as it has an algae base it should be okay to start on a very low dose. I did call a guy from a local GNC who I have talked with before about other supplements and he told me his dog has the same exact problem. My dog is a chow/rottweiler mix and he said he has a chow/lab mix and it has to do with the thick fur and the pores on the skin of a chow. I'm not sure of the exact name of it, he did give me the name of a vet where he takes his dog every year whenever it starts up. There is an allergy type shot he gets with antibiotics for 3-4 days and the shot lasts the entire season. He said with the visit, shot, antibiotics it costs around $60.00. We are taking Bear to talk more with this guy at GNC and he is going to contact the vet to tell him what has been going on with Bear. He should be able to get us in that same day. I am keeping my fingers crossed this will help him, he said his chow/lab has not had anymore problems as long as he continues to get that shot. I was relieved to hear that and I'm very anxious to see if it works for Bear, otherwise we'll have to try food. We have ceramic tile in our entire house but it is very possible it could be on the couch. He gets alot of people food but I have been buying him a better selection of treats, he's not real happy with them but anything has been worth a try...thanks again...after he sees this vet and gets a shot I'll give you more details..thanks again!!

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