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We have a llasa apso who is constantly scratching, he is eating

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We have a llasa apso who is constantly scratching, he is eating normally and drinking well. His coat is in nice condition but he smells like a rabbit hutch. thankyou
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Dave replied 3 years ago.
Hello, and thanks for writing in. Sorry this is going on with Fudge.
There are many possible reasons for scratching in dogs, such as skin mites, fleas, various skin conditions (bacterial infections, fungal infections, seborrhea), food allergies, contact allergies, and environmental allergies. If it's not already been done, I would recommend a skin scrape to check for mites (they are microscopic), and an impression smear of the skin to check for certain bacterial or yeast organisms. Allergy testing can also be performed to see if Fudge has any allergies, and what he may be allergic to. Treatment is based on what the underlying diagnosis is, and may involve antihistamines, fatty acids (fish oil), cortisone, medicated shampoos, among other products.
If you wanted to try something now, you can use over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 1mg per pound of body weight, every 8 hours. It's an antihistamine that can help with allergies and itching. It may cause some drowsiness. You can also try a dog anti-itch shampoo, such as an oatmeal-based shampoo. Leave the lather on Fudge for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off for maximum effect. You can also try a good dog fatty acid supplement to try and help condition the skin and help with itching. Some good products include AllerG3 capsules, or Omegaderm:

http://www.amazon.com/Allerg-3-Capsules-Small-dog-60/dp/B002QM6O8M

http://www.amazon.com/Virbac-Omegaderm-Dose-Small-Dog/dp/B0056EAKUK/ref=pd_sbs_petsupplies_3

I hope this helps.
Dr. Dave