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