Still unsure if your dog’s itch is more than just an itch? It’s important to rely on your animal’s instinct in addition to your own! Here are some dogimonials of pet owners who were in your position! See how these dog owners listened to their dogs’ animal instincts and how they went about finding a solution that provided relief for both their dog and themselves.

"We noticed Logan's chronic itching almost immediately after we brought him home as a puppy."

We noticed Logan’s chronic itching almost immediately after we brought him home as a puppy. After many visits to specialists, we had no real solution, so we put Logan on special shampoos and a special diet. We also gave him injections for his allergies, but saw no change. After years of trying different products, along with continuous antihistamine use, we grew frustrated, as Logan remained miserable. He would bark and growl at our young boys, because he didn’t want to be touched. At night, he would keep us up with the itching and whining that would go along with it, likely due to the fact that he was scratching cut up areas.

We felt helpless – except for the occasional steroid injections that we did sparingly. Logan’s itching grew so bad that he cut, and scarred, his eye while scratching around it. Because we could not control it, and we could not watch him 24-hours a day, he lived with an e-collar for several years. Eventually, our vet put him on a medicine that was associated with serious side effects. We were counseled that while there were risks, because of how uncomfortable Logan was in his own skin, perhaps it was worth it for a better quality of life. Again, we saw no improvement.

Finally, a new vet recommended a pill that was recently made available. We noticed an improvement in Logan’s itching very quickly. It was unlike any other treatment we had tried. I cannot say enough about how happy I am that we found this medication and that I am able to make Logan comfortable. It has made him happier and, in turn, we are happier and experience more cuddling time with Logan.

"We had been trying for years to find a treatment solution that worked"

Deuce is a Hurricane Katrina rescue who had a whole host of issues, including what we had originally thought was severe allergies. We had been trying for years to find a treatment solution that worked. Although we got several recommendations from our vet, things like medicated shampoos, rubbing olive and coconut oil on his skin and changing his food, nothing seemed to be working, and Deuce was getting increasingly miserable. We had been giving him high doses of antihistamines at night so that he could sleep, but as soon as those wore off, he was up licking and scratching throughout the night, often licking so forcefully that he gave himself lick wounds. Our rock-bottom was when he contracted MRSA from one of his open wounds. He needed a dose of heavy medication and to wear a cone when we weren’t home with him!

Fearing we might have to put him to sleep, we visited one last vet who told us about a new type of medication that had been recently approved. Desperate to try anything, we gave Deuce the medication and within hours we could see an improvement. A couple nights later, he was finally able to sleep without drowsy allergy medicine and woke up more energized! Deuce was visibly thankful to us for finding a solution – and we were just as thankful to have our dog back!

"When we finally found the right treatment, it made all the difference. Within just a couple days, Molly wasn’t itching as frequently or scratching herself. "

We first started noticing symptoms when Molly was about a year old. She had turned bright red from head to toe and was covered in scabs from scratching. Her eyes and ears were extremely swollen, and it became apparent that she was miserable. Molly would lie around all day and had zero energy or motivation to do anything. We tried steroid medication as a short-term solution, but it made her thirsty and she had to urinate all the time. The little it helped with itching wasn’t significant enough to outweigh the inconvenience and pain of her going to the bathroom all the time.

When we finally found the right treatment, it made all the difference. Within just a couple days, Molly wasn’t itching as frequently or scratching herself, and her energy levels drastically improved. Not only was she able to play outside, but she actually wanted to play outside. Gradually the scabs healed, her skin wasn’t so red and she wasn’t as swollen anymore. It was amazing to see how, in just a couple of days, she was a completely different dog! She just had such a different personality than she did before – or maybe she always had this personality and it was just masked by all the pain and the suffering. I’m so glad we finally found a treatment that works. Not only did it save Molly’s life, but it also made a huge difference in our lives, too.

The animal health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with an animal healthcare professional. Testimonials represent individual experience only and the experiences and opinions herein may be unique to the patient and the speaker. Individual results may vary considering the unique characteristics of the patient.

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If your dog has frequent itching, your veterinarian can help!

For many years, corticosteroids, immunosuppressive drugs, or antihistamines were the only treatment for itch relief in dogs. However, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs can have serious long-term side effects such as increased panting, liver disease, and risk of infection, and antihistamines can cause severe drowsiness.

There is another treatment available that decreases dogs’ itches and desire to scratch, while also reducing inflammation, redness or swelling of the skin. Get information about a treatment option for allergic itching.

Your vet can help with frequent dog itching.