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    corvetteking is offline Junior Member
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    My male lab has been scratching for the last 3 mos. He just finished his second and last round of steroids. These help but when I stop giving them to him the scratching returns. What is next for us?

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    DefaultRe: Allergies

    What are you feeding? Are you using a flea treatment?
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    how old?
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    DefaultRe: Allergies

    Honestly..don't care what your feeding but the real question is why steroids?
    What has he been tested for? What is the source of his itching?
    Have him allergy tested and run a full blood work up for anything autoimmune related. Then treat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dani
    how old?
    Hi is fed Science Diet and is on Front Line. No flees on him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dani
    how old?
    He was 8 on 05-05

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    I have a 2:00 appt. with his vet. What should I be asking?

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    I'd scratch if I was fed Science Diet.

    A thyroid panel would be one test I would request.
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    I'm not sure what your vet told you, but I wouldn't put one on steroids until I had exhausted every thing else there was. First of all, change the food; no more Science Diet even if your vet suggests it. Find a food with one protein source, no corn, wheat or soy. If you're sure about allergies causing the itchies; a grain free one be a good start. If not, ProPlan Sensitive Skin and Stomach is a good one to start with, too. Although I don't really care for the Hills Prescription food, some of them have to have it. But not the regular SD food.
    Also, get Chlorhexiderm shampoo (http://www.entirelypets.com/ch2bydvm12oz.html?__utma=1.955833588.1211055491.12 11055491.1211405171.2&__utmb=1&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1211405171.2.2.utmccn%3D(referral)%7Cutm csr%3Dentirelypets.com%7Cutmcct%3D%2F%7Cutmcmd%3Dr eferral&__utmv=-&__utmk=101391106
    ). It's worked wonders for Dutch and for a lot of our rescue dogs. It was suggested to one of our rescue members by a vet at Auburn University AND IT WORKS!
    Dutch has been in the vet several times this spring with contact allergies. Paws and under carriage. He is doing much better now, especially after the shampoos. Good luck and look forward to seeing what you found out today.

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    DefaultRe: Allergies

    I would change foods #1 and then add EFA's to his diet. I just posted a recipie that I use in the question about oils thread.
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