Camellia Camelo and Carol
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My private-rescue Havanese, Camellia, who just turned five, has been diagnosed with allergic dermatitis. Maybe your daughter's dog has something like that; I believe it's not uncommon in Havanese. Usually, I believe, it takes a little time to show up; doesn't occur immediately.
I WOULD check on the simpler idea first, though; what makes your daughter so sure no fleas? It would only take one flea-bite to set off scratching in a dog who is allergic to flea bites.
I agree with Karen; I would get a veterinarian to look into this; try to get a diagnosis.
Camellia came to me when she was 3.5 years old, and her allergic dermatitis hadn't shown up yet at that time. Now that it has, I have her on a special shampoo and spray, which helps a lot, but also, she still requires antihistamines to keep her comfortable.
It IS important to deal with this and reduce the itching; otherwise, your daughter risks skin damage, and maybe other complications.
Please report back when you learn anything new!
Fri, 9 Mar 2012 16:52:14 (PST)