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My cocker spaniel has developed an itch all over her body,

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My cocker spaniel has developed an itch all over her body, she is 10 year old and although I didn't find any fleas on her, I treated her with a flea remedy, but doesn't make any difference, is there something I can do to help her.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?
2- Any abnormality in the skin like redness, flaky, crusty, etc.?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- How much does she weigh?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.


Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Poppy has been scratching for 2 weeks

There is no abnormality in the skin

She has a heart murmur from birth which has not given any problems

She weighs 1 stone 5 ounces

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Gladys, one of the most common causes for itchy skin in dogs is an underlying allergy (food or environmental). The first place to start is doing a food trial during 6-8 weeks. This is what you can do:

1- Change her diet to a prescription food called Hill's z/d or a grain free diet with a different source of protein then what she normally has had in the past. For example: If she seldom ate fish then put her on a food that has fish. When on this diet she should not eat anything else or she will not improve. Needs to be on this diet for 6-8 weeks before you see significant improvement.

2- Start her on Chlorpheniramine 2-4mg every 12 hours. You can buy Chlorpheniramine over the counter in any pharmacy (chemist).

3- Supplement with Eicosaderm (omega 3 fatty acids); you can buy this over the counter in any pet store or online. Give at label dose.

4- Bath her once every 21 days and use an oatmeal based shampoo for dogs.

5- If after doing the above there is no improvement have her checked by your family veterinarian.

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