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4-month-old puppy constantly scratching, biting, and losing hair

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I got my new puppy Lola two months ago and since I've had her she has been scratching intensely on her face, paws, legs and lower back. She was also losing a lot of her hair from her lower back down to her back legs. I have taken her to the vet several times, and we ruled out mites. The vet has put her on Prednisone twice. Both times she was on Prednisone her scratching stopped until we started to wean her off of it. She has been off of her second round of Prenisone for two days and she is straching horribly again. Lola seems pretty miserable, she whines and cries a lot and usually has to stop to scratch when I am trying to play with her. I have been giving her children's benadryl but it doesn't really seem to help that much, but it makes her very sleepy. Her vet believes she has a food allergy, Lola has been strictly only eating a special diet of venison and potatoes since March 28th. I have been reading articles that say it could take several weeks to see if the new diet she is on will show any signs of improving her symptoms. Does anyone have any advise or have the same problems? I wish there was something else I could do.
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Oh poor little Lola, there are so many different thing that can cause allergic reactions,I'm afraid I can't be of any help,hope someone jumps in and has a helpful suggestion.

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I can't really help either....Smokey never has issues....Sissy seems to scratch more when she comes back from the groomer...could be something they use that bothers her...I gave her a bath today and used TROPICLEAN kiwi scent and so far she has barely scratched.......and of course she's scratching as I type this lol
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Welcome to the forum. What makes the vet think it's food allergies. ?

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What about flea bite allergy? What are you feeding your pup? How often are you bathing? What are you using to bathe your pup?



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The vet believes it is a food allergy because we ruled out fleas and mites. They did a skin scrape and she has had two doses of Advantage. And she didn't believe it was environmental because of a couple reasons. First, because she thought because Lola is so young she hasn't developed her immune system enough to be allergic to environmental allergens. And second, because she had symptoms during the winter.
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What about flea bite allergy? What are you feeding your pup? How often are you bathing? What are you using to bathe your pup?
We treated her for fleas, she's white and we haven't found any fleas. I really don't think it's that. We were feeding her Royal Canine puppy food. Now we are feeding her Science Diet venison and potato.
The vet gave me dermal-smooth medicated oatmeal shampoo and told me to bathe her once a week, it's supposed to help with the itching. We have to leave it on her for 10-15 minutes.
I also give her omega3 fatty acids in her food everyday. Nothing seems to help.
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The vet believes it is a food allergy because we ruled out fleas and mites. They did a skin scrape and she has had two doses of Advantage. And she didn't believe it was environmental because of a couple reasons. First, because she thought because Lola is so young she hasn't developed her immune system enough to be allergic to environmental allergens. And second, because she had symptoms during the winter.
OK. If it is indeed a food allergy, I might recommend Sabine who is a nutritionist and works with allergies on a regular basis. This is not expensive and quite often finds out the culprit. She can do this all over the net. If you are interested you can contact her at http://www.betterdogcare.com/?page=about

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Has the vet considered it may be the Advantage? I do remember Augie itching some as a pup. Vet said they are still developing their nerve endings in their skin and that will cause itching. But he did not lose hair over it and it did not last all that long. He was also given a dose of Frontline by the vet before I realized it was happening at the visit when we took him to get checked out per the breeder contract. I am very suspicious of those chemicals.

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OK. If it is indeed a food allergy, I might recommend Sabine who is a nutritionist and works with allergies on a regular basis. This is not expensive and quite often finds out the culprit. She can do this all over the net. If you are interested you can contact her at http://www.betterdogcare.com/?page=about
Thanks for the information, I will definitely look into that.
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