09-16-2016, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by MdDVM
Wipe her feet after you come in from outside. Sounds so simple, but often, if allergies are not severe, simply removing some allergen from the dog can be immensely helpful. This is assuming she is reacting to a pollen/ something in the grass.
With all due respect to hypoallergenic foods/ novel proteins, etc - at this point you have no idea if this is caused by food or environment, and you can make yourself crazy switching diets, guessing what she may or may not be reacting to.
Do try an antihistamine. May or may not help, but can't hurt. Also, if she has "grinch feet" - lots of hair between her toes and pads, sometimes trimming the hair short helps reduce chewing and licking.
This may sound like a silly question but I am just wondering if antihistamines only help environmental allergies? I too am trying to rule out food and environmental allergies and have tried various foods including raw. She still seems to get itchy, especially right now. She seems to itch less on "Prednisone" (I think thats what it is) but I don't want to give her that kind of medicine long term. Do you think if I try a antihistamine and it works that it is definitely environmental?