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Linda, Willow does the same thing - lick, lick, lick. The vet also thinks it's allergies, probably dust allergies. I tried Apoquel first. That seemed to help quite a bit but I took her off as it's a pretty strong drug and seems to have controversial online posts. I called the vet to ask about Zyrtec as others on this forum use it with success. However, due to Willow's small size (7-1/2 lbs), he didn't want me to use it. Then I started using Benadryl. It did help somewhat but like you posted, I think she was just too tired to lick! I noticed that her energy level was not what it seemed before and I just wanted my crazy dog back. So I took her off the Benadryl. She just had a wellness checkup at the vet and he said we could try Cytopoint. She just had her first injection a few days ago. Honestly, I don't see a whole lot of improvement. I,m hopeful since you said the licking has mostly stopped. How long did it take for you to notice a change in licking? He didn't mention anything about medicated shampoo, but she just had a bath at the groomer's. The groomer said her coat seemed really dry so she used a heavy duty moisturizer on her. I wonder if the dry coat was due to the Benadryl.
Jackie & Willow