Michele and Sergio
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Scratching and more scratching
I've read most of the threads here about dog allergies and scratching.
Sergio is scratching more than usual. He always scratched behind his ear with his back paw, and at his neutering, the vet said he had no ear infections or noticable skin allergies. The vet said Sergio could have allergies and could be tested for those.
Here is where my anxiety comes into play.
I myself was wrongly told to take Benadryl when I developed skin irritations as a teenager. The cortizone creams and Benadryl and over the counter stuff just made it worse. I went to a dermatologist for years who wanted to do tests to see why my skin was having allergic reactions.
So, I did some research online myself a few years ago, and realized that I was simply allergic to synthetic fragrance, that many of the products even my dermatologist recommended, like Neutrogena, contained masking fragrance. The products weren't completey fragrance free.
It took me years to realize that my skin was just sensitive to synthetic fragrance, and that of all chemicals, synthetic fragrance is usually one of the most likely causes of skin irritations.
I don't want to fall into a trap with Sergio of testing for alleriges for everything under the sun, and really there is no cure for allergic reactions. I also don't want to start giving him stuff just trial and error to see what works.
I know it's not his kibble. It's not the vaccinations because he did the scratching behind the years before. I really think it's the trees, the grass, the outside, the air, the season. And I don't know if his scracthing is bothering me more than it bothers him. Is it really the scratching is annoying to me?
So what is the best course of action when I take him to the vet? We have an appointment tomorrow. I don't want to do allergy testing. I think it's a waste of time and money. I do want to follow the vet's advice. Do they usually suggest Benadryl to start out with?