:goodpost: Thanks for posting that. This thread talks about checking for contact, seasonal, and food allergies. You need to figure out what is causing it like everyone has said. I made that thread for questions like yours so it give what to try step by step to figure it out. If you have more question feel free to ask. many of us have dealt with allergies of some sort.Hi and Welcome to GP We have alot of dogs with allergies on here and alot of people use benadryl. Here is a thread on allergies by one of the moderators on here.
I would love for you to write a thread about this and talk about the tests available and what they look for and how accurate they are. These are new to me and I am very interested in learning more. Thanks!First things first...I always start with a skin scrape on a dermatology case, no matter what. Obviously you will need to see a doctor for that. You can do a blood test or skin test for inhalant or environmental allergens, but that is just if you want to know. There really isn't a way to keep them away from environmental allergens.
Benadryl actually does help with the allergic response--because it targets the cells that release histamine (thus the term anti-histimine). Some dogs do great with Benadryl and some need to go to the stronger Hydroxazine.
Getting the dog on grain-free is a huge step toward skin health. And getting a food with added (or adding) Omega Fatty Acids will help reduce allergies as well (we like a product called ProDerma). Corn, wheat, soy, etc. are big food allergy culprits.
Even with all of the above, some dogs still need steroid to keep them comfortable while the other nutritional things are taking time to work. Derm cases require diligence and patience.