Did the vet tell you what was in the shot given? If not, could you ask?
Prednisone isn't always great to give a dog, but if it helps with the itchy skin, it's not that bad an idea, if it's just a short course of prednisone. But it would really be a good idea to know what was in the shot that's to last 3 or 4 weeks. Knowing that could help you decide what to do about the prednisone.
My Camellia has allergies; quite severe ones, but we're keeping the the itching - and worse, reverse-sneezing - under control by giving Benadryl three times daily, and baths once-weekly, and sprays twice weekly, with special shampoo and spray.
If the allergies result from a missing skin barrier, which sounds like a possibility (same as Camellia has), then this particular shampoo and spray might help a lot:
When you go to that link, there are various other links included on the page, that give you more information.
While it's true that food with grains can be a big offender, if the dog's allergies are largely environmental, as Camellia's are, this other approach of replacing the missing skin barrier might help especially well.
If you do start the Prednisone, you need to follow through and do exactly as the vet says, to wean her off it little by little, because doing anything else is dangerous. If it's really going to help, I recommend doing it!
How old is Gabby?
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 22:26:51 (PDT)