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It would be a good idea to analyse every plant outside that your dog gets exposed to, find the names & google to see if dogs are allergic. Or take the list to an expert vet. One we have here is wandering due weed but there are others. Also try anti itch shampoo for dogs, anti itch creams, try wiping him with a damp cloth after being outside. It can also be allergies to fragrances in washing powder etc. Double check ingredients on products you use on his bedding jackets conditioning sprays etc. Try socks or boots for dogs to prevent the itch by reducing exposure. Dont use pesticide on your grass. Flea control products may not be working either, fleas are becoming immune to lots of them & dogs are having allergic reactions to them. Grass & dust mites can also cause this.
 

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It would be a good idea to analyse every plant outside that your dog gets exposed to, find the names & google to see if dogs are allergic. Or take the list to an expert vet. One we have here is wandering due weed but there are others. Also try anti itch shampoo for dogs, anti itch creams, try wiping him with a damp cloth after being outside. It can also be allergies to fragrances in washing powder etc. Double check ingredients on products you use on his bedding jackets conditioning sprays etc. Try socks or boots for dogs to prevent the itch by reducing exposure. Dont use pesticide on your grass. Flea control products may not be working either, fleas are becoming immune to lots of them & dogs are having allergic reactions to them. Grass & dust mites can also cause this.
I have a lot of crab grass and weeds in my back yard since no one goes back there but the dogs. Do you think that could be the cause. Its his thighs down to his feet that have rashes and red bumps.
 

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If it's the crab weed it's an allergy to grass pollen & will be seasonal. eg worse in spring/summer. When they lie down on their feet it can spread up their legs & tummy etc You could ask the vet if he can do a grass allergy test on your dog or if he can refer you to someone who could. ☺ Don't use a weed killer thats harmful to animals. You can dig it out & salt the roots or fence off an area that you don't want used. Good luck!!!
 

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Thanks all for your support. A very delayed update.. we have since moved to a different city in Iowa, and it is still an issue. Have tried numerous different foods, with grain, without grain.. he is still miserable, sometimes even chewing his paws so much that they slice open and bleed. Also very flaky skin, itching ears, chin, back. Have him on Zyrtec and Benadryl which help maybe 15-20% but not a whole lot. Have been to a different vet and they say I would just need to do the very expensive intermittent injections because they don't know what else it could be. Any other suggestions are welcome if you happen to be reading this thread!
 

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Sorry if this has been tried but have you washed all of his bedding etc in different detergents?
 

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Hi Joanne, I do wash his beds and blankets every couple weeks with a scent free detergent in the washer. I used to not really wash them at all and this problem was still occurring. Thanks for your response and let me know if you have any other ideas :)
 
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