I'm posting here because I am hoping to find some relief for my poor old man chihuahua mix named Moogle. Bear with me for a bit of a rant!
He is approximately 9 years old and ever since I've had him (since he was about 2 or 3) he's always had ongoing allergy issues. Sometimes they're better, sometimes worse, but he has always been very sensitive to fleas.
I live in Florida and it seems that no matter where we move, there is always an annoying abundance of fleas! If he gets even one flea bite, he will lick, scratch, and chew constantly. He also has developed an obsession with licking his paws until they're red. His back end is characteristic of FAD with hair loss and very dry, flaky skin (if I pet him, his skin bits go everywhere
My main issues are 1) controlling the fleas, and 2) making him comfortable. I have yet to find a topical treatment that helps him, and even when I keep up with it monthly it seems it only helps for a few days before he is covered in fleas again. I've tried just about everything I can think of: organic/natural, chemical, repellent sprays, shampoos for itching, spraying the yard (this I think helped the most, but still only for a short time), etc.
I am really just looking for ideas here because I would love to provide my pup with some relief as it seems to be just about all he does anymore. Since he's so little he doesn't usually get any open sores or hot spots, but he does occasionally get small scabs or red patches.
Another thing is that he gets VERY stinky, VERY quickly. I can give him a bath and within 2 days he has a very musty, yeasty smell. I'm sure this is related to his allergy, so I'm wondering if there is a way to control it as well.
I also have a minpin who does not have any of these sensitivities or issues. She will sometimes scratch at a flea, but she does not get obsessive like Moogle does. My 3 cats are unaffected as well. I feel so bad that I can't help my little man, and that his itching has basically become his life recently.
Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.