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Old 10-21-2012, 10:40 AM
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Finnegan's been scratching and nibbling rather profusely in his groin and lower underbelly area for the past week or so. It's gotten progressively worse. I've scoured the skin in that area and it's healthy, free of blemishes, redness or any other visual issues. Beauty isn't itching at all.

He's fed Acana grainfree, I use mild detergent on his bedding, same stuff as I've always used. Nothing else has specifically changed in the household to cause this.

The only thing I've thought of as a possibility are seasonal allergies of some sort. Should I try a few days of Benadryl to see if it makes a difference? Any thoughts?
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:55 AM
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I would give the Benadryl a shot. You can also wipe down his belly with a warm wet washcloth when he comes in from outside to see if that helps.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:31 AM
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Steve had awful trouble with this for much of the summer, and the only thing I can attribute it to is seasonal allergies. The weather's changed and it's gone.

You can try Benadryl, but it often doesn't work with dogs. You could also try a hydrocortisone shampoo, which seemed to help Steve.
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Steve had awful trouble with this for much of the summer, and the only thing I can attribute it to is seasonal allergies. The weather's changed and it's gone.

You can try Benadryl, but it often doesn't work with dogs. You could also try a hydrocortisone shampoo, which seemed to help Steve.
Just weird to me that seasonal allergies would happen in mid-October?

I can get him some hydrocortisone shampoo and give that a whirl.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:43 PM
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I don't know where you live, but here at least with our climate, we see a considerably large spike in allergy symptoms at this time a year.
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Yep, October is a bad time for allergies -- says my dad, sister and Renegade.
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Most likely is environmental for sure, but thought I'd add I've read of at least five other dogs who have started itching on the new Acana formulations of their grain-frees. Just as an FYI if for some reason it doesn't stop. I do realize food allergies are a lot more rare, so it's more than likely environmental, but thought I'd add that.
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Most likely is environmental for sure, but thought I'd add I've read of at least five other dogs who have started itching on the new Acana formulations of their grain-frees. Just as an FYI if for some reason it doesn't stop. I do realize food allergies are a lot more rare, so it's more than likely environmental, but thought I'd add that.
Perhaps, but this is his second bag of the new grain free and the issue just cropped up about a week ago.
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Benadryl helps Juno a little but I know lots of dogs that it doesn't touch at all.... so I would try the Benadryl but don't be surprised if you don't notice a difference. I know my friend has had better luck with hydroxyzine but I'm pretty sure that's Rx only.
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Benadryl helps Juno a little but I know lots of dogs that it doesn't touch at all.... so I would try the Benadryl but don't be surprised if you don't notice a difference. I know my friend has had better luck with hydroxyzine but I'm pretty sure that's Rx only.
Yeah. I'll take him to the vet if I have to... I gave him a half pill of Benadryl this morning and this evening to little effect. Bathed him with hydrocortisone shampoo and have seen a bit of improvement, but not much. Been putting Dr. Maggie's on him, but he licks it off. I'd hate to cone him. He just keeps scratching and scratching.
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