Remedies for itchy pups

I’m happy to report that after a few months of daily fish oil supplements, Eden’s itchiness — and the condition of her coat — have seen a dramatic improvement. Her coat is now much silkier, and she scratches herself far less often. I’m delighted with these results, and we will certainly keep up the fish oil supplements for her.

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We were sent a sample of Itch Relief spray, which is put out by VetDVM.com, the organization that sends out at-home pet allergy tests. Unfortunately, because Eden’s itchiness had already more or less cleared up by the time we received the sample, we aren’t able to comment on its effectiveness. But it does seem like an interesting product and possibly helpful for more chronically scratchy dogs.

Have you ever used an itch relief spray for your scratchy pup?

Disclosure: We were provided with a sample of the itch spray, but we were not able to try this product ourselves, so we cannot attest to its effectiveness.

Does your dog have allergies?

Do you have an allergic pup?

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German shepherds, along with their litany of other health problems, are also known for having allergies. I’m beginning to suspect that Eden may have allergies of some kind.

I guess that’s one of the big troubles with allergies and dogs: How do you know what’s bothering them? Environmental allergies could include a large list of possible irritants, and food trials are costly and time-consuming (just ask Jessica at My Imperfect Dog, who is by now a veritable expert on dog allergies). I’m willing to do what it takes to find out what’s at the bottom of Eden’s itchiness, but I confess that I feel a bit daunted.

She isn’t a chronic itch-er, but she’s certainly scratching more than Pyrrha on a regular basis (and we’ve ruled out fleas). As she’s my new little baby, I worry about her.

I’ve thought about adding fish oil to her food daily, as a first step, to see if that mitigates the issue. And then we could move on to allergy tests and maybe food trials, if need be. For the interim, I’m keeping close tabs on what she’s exposed to and what she ingests. And, of course, we’ll also be talking with our vet soon to see what ideas and suggestions she may have.

If your dog does have allergies, what has been effective in combating those issues?