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My 1.5 year old Remy is constantly scratching and biting herself. She does not scratch in one particular area, but all over her body and face. She's been doing this basically for as long as we have had her. She doesn't seem real bothered by it however.

I'm thinking this has to be allergy related. My vet suggested about 6 months ago to give her these vitamin D drops in her food that didn't really have any effect on Remy.

Any suggestions on what to do? Anyone experienced something similar with their Hav?
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Poor Remy. Well just like humans, it is a basic "rule out". Meaning,..shampoos, food,...bedding? Any of those can be a cause...
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You can try benadryl. the dosing for dogs is 1 mg per lb, but I find that to be a little high. the small pink ones are 25 mg. so if your dog weight 8 lbs, it's 8 mgs, you but can try 5mgs.

you should administer it for a couple of days to see if the itchiness subsides, just like humans, the histamines have released and you need to let those run it's course.

but yes, an elimination diet is in order. if it's environmental allergies, trees or mold, the benadryl will help.

You should check the skin to see if you can see a rash or anything specific. when you go to a dermatologist they take a sample of the skin and run tests and look under the microscope to see what it might be.

when I went for my little guy, he didn't have any skin irritation, so there was nothing to Dx. they said to come back when the 'rash' has manifested.

and food allergies in general are rare, just an FYI.

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Mig got a flea bite and went nuts for days before I figured it out. Apparently he's very allergic. I bathed him in Zymox shampoo and rinse and it almost immediately stopped. This may not be your problem, but just in case..

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My Kashi has also been chewing his feet and ankles till they have become pink. I took him to the Vet and he gave him a cortisone shot and an antibiotic. He feels its due to the environment in other words it stems from walking him in tall long grass in wee hours of the morning or late evening. My breeder however feels its a food allergy but on the internet it says food allergies would be itchy everywhere ears butt belly and he just chews his feet and ankles. Any suggestion or advice from anyone?
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My Kashi has also been chewing his feet and ankles till they have become pink. I took him to the Vet and he gave him a cortisone shot and an antibiotic. He feels its due to the environment in other words it stems from walking him in tall long grass in wee hours of the morning or late evening. My breeder however feels its a food allergy but on the internet it says food allergies would be itchy everywhere ears butt belly and he just chews his feet and ankles. Any suggestion or advice from anyone?
My dog, Bailey, did that. He had seasonal allergies and whatever pollen was on the grass would bother his feet. He would chew and lick them constantly until the season changed. Occasionally, he would rub his face on the rug because his eyes and/or ears were itchy too. Once spring and summer were gone, he was okay. The vet suggested trying Benadryl or Tavist at the time which was many, many years ago. Tavist seemed to be better for him. Good luck!


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So you feel the breeder is wrong in this case and it is a seasonal allergy as the Vet suggested? I mean I have been feeding him organic holistic kibble with a little bit of shredded cheese every now and then and some boiled chicken. So it must be an airborne allergy?
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So you feel the breeder is wrong in this case and it is a seasonal allergy as the Vet suggested? I mean I have been feeding him organic holistic kibble with a little bit of shredded cheese every now and then and some boiled chicken. So it must be an airborne allergy?
It sounds to me to be the same symptoms Bailey had, but allergies are so hard to pinpoint. When Bailey was 9, we moved to another area of the state. His old vet mentioned that he might lose the allergies when we moved, as the environment and pollens would be different. He was right, but it didn't last long. As soon as Bailey got accustomed to the new environment, the allergies returned. He did have some allergy free years though. He did so much licking of his pads that he turned all the fur between his pads red. He never chewed at his ankles, however. I think the seasonal allergies sound more likely than food, but I'm not an expert. Did the vet's treatment help him?


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The Vet feels its airborne as well because he only licks his paws and the fur between them. He gave him a cortisone shot that should last 30 days plus a shot of antibiotic yesterday along with her booster vaccination. I am hoping to see some results soon. Vet said to take him on short walks and keep him off the grass until the season passes. Keeping fingers crossed but being careful at the same time with his diet. Thanks for your good wishes.

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