Relieving Itching for Dogs


I have a fox terrier who has been taking prednisone. However, he is still itchy around the eye, behind the ears, and the bottom of the paws. Apparently he is allergic to grass. He has lost the hair around his eyes, behind his ears, and is always chewing his paws. I am looking for something to put on these areas that would help relieve the itch. Can you recommend anything?
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Jenny from Charters Towers, Australia

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Relieving Itching for Dogs

Plain old hydro cortisone works for our dog. She has mild allergies and any area that she is itching or licking I put some of this on it. My vet told me that this is perfectly acceptable and what he would have done, only much more expensively. I bought the generic store brand. Good luck! (11/07/2005)

By smcarney

Relieving Itching for Dogs

Our vet recommended something called bitter apple spray sold at pet stores (like Petco or Petsmart), to keep our dog from itching. (11/07/2005)

By imaqt1962

Relieving Itching for Dogs

I use a shampoo that I got from the Vet.
It is called, Aloe & Oatmeal Shampoo for Dogs and Cats. It is made by VET Solutions and is sold only through Veterinarians. You can use this on a weekly basis, because it does not remove natural oils.
I hope this helps. (11/07/2005)

By djcrews at charter.net

Relieving Itching for Dogs

Watch the prednisone. It is a cortisone and dogs can only tolerate it for so long.
(11/07/2005)

By djcrews at charter.net

Relieving Itching for Dogs

Try bathing him in an oatmeal shampoo for dogs, and then see your vet for a prescription for his allergies. (11/07/2005)

By Robin

Relieving Itching for Dogs

Poor doggie. To prevent his grass allergy, maybe. Try setting a corner of your yard with gravel (after removing
grass) and letting the dog use the gravel area for potty.
I have put EMU oil on one of my dogs for itching, and no more itching. The dog had scratched his belly and then kept scratching it more. The EMU oil seemed

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to help heal fast and no more scratching at his belly. (11/07/2005)

By meoowmom

Relieving Itching for Dogs

If the dog is on Prednisone, you will always have trouble. He will develop all kinds of irreversible problems. My dog was allergic to grass, and was placed on Prednisone. He continued to itch, lose hair, and developed Diabetes, which went into blindness, and his kidneys failed. The over the counter creams help, but not around the eyes, get something from the vet for the eyes. The creams on his feet will only last as long as he doesn't lick it off. The
Bitter Apple spray is just torture for the animal. (11/08/2005)

By Sue

Relieving Itching for Dogs

We have a kelpie with grass allergies too, the main symptom being chewing at his paws. Last season saw constant vet visits and steroids which he reacted to. Tricks we've now found help are 1) improve his diet. Kibble doesn't give him enough enzymes that veggies and meat do 2) increase his omega 3+6. Drops can be added to food 3) use a barrier cream before going outside - such as Vaseline 4) regular foot baths in medicated shampoo such as Malaseb which helps control any secondary infections 5) topical creams when it gets too bad - nappy rash cream works best, also my eczema cream. Don't let him lick it off though - take him for a walk! It can be a long, repetitive process but it's worth it if he can stay off the medications which made him lose energy, interest, and dried out his skin. (11/08/2005)

By susie

Relieving Itching for Dogs

Try to keep him out of the grass until you get your winter. If he goes out in your yard, can you plant something other than grass for him to play and "go" in? (11/09/2005)

By Carol

Relieving Itching for Dogs

I have a lab/chow mix who has allergies. We give him antihistamines during his allergic period, late summer and early fall, ragweed is his problem. We are also in the process of doing the allergy shots, very expensive but worth it if it works. But try Benadryl, very cheap over the counter. (11/09/2005)

By Marfette

Relieving Itching for Dogs

Get your dog a 'cool cot' for use outdoors. They come in various sizes. It's a low taut mesh 'sling' or platform that the dog can lie on, keeping him out of the grass while reducing contact with the vegetation whenever he's outdoors. Another advantage is that it keeps them cooler in the summer as the air can circulate underneath them, and it keeps any raw skin out of the dirt (reducing secondary bacterial infections). You can even make one yourself using plastic plumbing pipe, and sewing the velcro-attachable fabric portion out of something sturdy that can take the sun. Ebay sells them too, some dealers have returns that are 'like new' - just the box was damaged, or someone returned it because their dog outgrew the original size too fast! I bought ours from eBay, and it was about $20 for the medium-large size. You'd probably need the large size for your dog, you want it large enough so they'll be able to stretch out on it to snooze. No problem with our puppy getting used to it, as soon as I put it down, he recognized that it was 'his' place. He likes the fact that it's about 4 to 5" off the ground, he gets a better vantage point to watch the goings on (and to launch himself off it to play). Good luck, and call your vet for more ideas! Anne (11/09/2005)

By Anne from MD

Relieving Itching for Dogs

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My dog is allergic to a lot of things too. I made him some waterproof booties for the winter, and some where air can come in for the summer so he walk in the grass. Also if you put a light weight shirt on him in the summer when he goes outside, it will keep pollen and other things from getting on him and making him itch. (01/17/2007)

By Boomer_Squirt

Relieving Itching for Dogs

You can give your small dog 1-2 ml per every lb of body weight of benadryl.

For example: a 10 lb dog gets 10 ml of benadryl. (07/13/2008)

By tiff

Relieving Itching for Dogs

I had a Cairn terrier that I received via rescue. She wore her back raw from itching and biting due to the fleas that she had from prior family and the bad food that they were feeding. The vet suggested hydro cortisone for it and after a while she cleared up. Some years later in her age, she contracted more allergies and started itching again.

Now I know that they were just seasonal and the vet put her on the cortisone again. Remember to ALWAYS wean the dog off of steroids such as cortisone by slowly reducing the dosage at the end of taking it. I was not told to do it and my dog contracted Addisons disease. This required quite a lot of money to get her back to normal, and prescription medicine for the rest of her life which was only another 1 1/2 years. Be careful and never allow the use of steroids in your dog unless no other remedy is available. (08/22/2008)

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