Posted : 8/14/2011 7:19:19 PM
I'm sorry that Chico is so itchy. I may have answered some of your posts before, since I also have an allergy dog. Here's some basic things you can do, and forgive me if I suggested them to you before;
You need to use a shampoo to help his skin. Has the vet determined if he has a bacterial or yeast infection? There are shampoos for that and the vet should have some good ones at the clinic. If there is no infection, than a good allergy shampoo should help. From personal experience, I can recommend Allermyl, which is made by Virbac;
Amazon.com: Allermyl Shampoo for Cats & Dogs 8 Oz Bottle: Kitchen & Dining
You may need to use it a few times a week until his skin feels better. Once a week is recommended for maintenance.
If you follow the shampoo with ResiCORT leave on lotion, it will relieve the itching longer;
Amazon.com: ResiCORT Leave-On Conditioner (16oz): Home & Garden
Do you give him antihistamines and fish oil? Research shows that when you give them together, it helps relieve the itching and can be as effective as steroids;
Allergies & Atopy in Dogs;
"Studies show that when omega-3 fatty acids are used in conjunction with
other treatments, such as antihistamines, the use of steroids can often
be decreased or discontinued. Be sure to use an omega-3 fatty acid
supplement derived from fish oil. Other types of fatty acids (such as
omega-6 fatty acids) can actually make some allergies worse."
Jessie is on allergen immunotherapy, which is the same treatment used in humans for allergies. It has helped her a lot but I still have to give her antihistamines and an occasional bath in mid July through August because the weed pollen count is so high. Before starting immunotherapy, she used to be very itchy year round in spite of baths, fish oil, and antihistamines. You may want to consider this for Chico. Here's a link to the company that makes Jessie's serum so you can learn more about it;
Bio-Medical Services - Home
I'm so sorry you're going through this. It can be so frustrating trying to find something that works for your dog; good luck.