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Hi Everyone, I am desperate to find out if it is normal that my Gracie is getting "hotspots" and is in much discomfort. I have taken her to the vet, we did one round of oral prednisone, that didn't work so they did a shot of prednisone along with an antibiotic. It worked for about 10 days and the itching and scratching are back with a vengeance. I tried Benadryl for a couple of days, it didn't help at all. I was thinking about trying Zyrtec for the itching and scratching and was wondering if anyone has tried that? Gracie eats Fromm's grain free surf and turf, should I try something different. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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Hi Everyone, I am desperate to find out if it is normal that my Gracie is getting "hotspots" and is in much discomfort. I have taken her to the vet, we did one round of oral prednisone, that didn't work so they did a shot of prednisone along with an antibiotic. It worked for about 10 days and the itching and scratching are back with a vengeance. I tried Benadryl for a couple of days, it didn't help at all. I was thinking about trying Zyrtec for the itching and scratching and was wondering if anyone has tried that? Gracie eats Fromm's grain free surf and turf, should I try something different. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Havanese are not particularly prone to hot spots the way some breeds are (like Bichons and Goldens) but ANY dog can get them. It sounds, though, like Gracie has an underlying allergy problem that needs to be addressed. I'd ask your vet for a referral to an allergy or dermatology specialist.

I know Benadryl is fine for dogs. Not sure about Zyrtec. It's a small pill, and it might be hard to get a small enough dose to be safe. I'd check with the vet before trying that. In my experience with allergic kids, Zyrtec and the other 24 hr allergy meds have the benefit of being non-sedating and lasting longer, but they don't work on the ALLERGIES anywhere near as well as Benadryl. My son, who has severe allergies leading to anaphylaxis, winds up in the ER a couple of times a year. He takes Zyrtec daily to help keep the reactions from being as severe, but the first thing they do when he gets to the ER is pump him full of IV Benadryl.


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I could be very many things. It could be food intolerance or allergy (real alergies are VERY rare). If it is allergy of any kind (contact from chemicals, grass or polen, atopy-inhalant...) the level od immunoglobulin E (IgE) in blood would be elevated. Eosonophiles could be elevated as well. You can test those parametres before you do allergy tests whicha are expensive and inconclusive. Vets usuallly recomend elimination diet - one proteinsource dog has never eaten before and one carb source. Examaples - duck and potato, lamb and rice, ect. You have to stick to that diet for at least 12 weeks. For same dogs omega fatty acids, wild salmon oil work wonders... If Gracie is allergic to somethin comin from the environment like polens, weekly bath in medicated shampoo for allergic dogs (Virbac Allermyl) would be a good idea. I agree with Karen - you have to take her to allergy or dermatologist specialist. General practice vets like to prescribe prednisone, but the problem is that prednisone only covers up the problem. When you stop giving prednisone, symptoms usually come back worse.

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Thanks for much for this information, as today's research was finding solutions for Skye's constant scratching. She is on Comfortis and I have not seen any fleas on her or in the house which I have also treated. I do believe her itching comes from the grass as there is ample grassy areas in our complex, but the grass does not seem to be cut as low as I would have it personally cut, especially for her being so low to the ground at this age. I do know from personal experience with EFA's and my son who is allergic to everything, that we cannot live without them for him. There is a significant difference when he has ran out and we have to wait to receive an order. It does make a significant difference, especially with skin issues. I will start adding EFA to Skye's food tonight and see if she too can benefit from this treatment.

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Is it new 'itchies'? Or has she been itchy along? I had a dog who had seasonal allergies. We gave him fish oil pills or added a herring-flavored food to his diet during that season.

The only other itchies my beasties have suffered from was when the groomers didn't rinse all the products out correctly.

Sorry, I couldn't help. I hope the vet figures it out soon.

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Zymox shampoo and rinse helped Mig so much when he was bitten by a flea and was scratching himself to death (he's apparently really allergic). Until you have a definitive answer, I think it would provide relief for sure.

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