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My 9 year old female terrier is very itchy, especially on

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Hi. My 9 year old female terrier is very itchy, especially on her belly. Her teats seem rather enlarged, but no redness or obvious tenderness. She is not pregnant, She also chews her feet. I have changed her diet to grain free. Thank you
JA: I'll do all I can to help. We need to be extra careful with pregnancies, so we'll need to connect you with the Veterinarian ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the terrier?
Customer: She is definitely not pregnant. Generally very fit and healthy

Hi, Welcome to Just Answer. I'm Chris, a small animal Vet based in the UK. I am reviewing your question and will get back to you as soon as possible

Has she had this problem with her skin before? Has she seen a vet or had any medication prescribed already?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
About the same time last year. A short course of steroids helped but I hoped to avoid
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
She responded well to a short course of steroid treatment this time last year but I hope to avoid steroid treatment. Can I give her antihistamine?

Ok, it sounds like this is a seasonal skin allergy.

Yes you can give an antihistamine such as chlorphenamine 4mg twice daily OR Certirizine 10mg once daily.

However antihistamines often seem to have little effect for skin allergies in dogs.

A calming shampoo such as Ermidra or Episoothe may also help

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you Dr Chris

If neither of these options are helping then a prescribed medication (there are several alternatives to steroids available), will be needed.

I hope that answers your question?


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