Update: Please see the Allergy Prevention page, which compiles all the suggestions readers have made to help itchy Terriers get relief.
Poor, poor sweet Bridget the Scottie dog. She is so itchy. It is worst around her hind legs and lower stomach. When she stands, she brings her leg up to scratch and when she sits or lies, she is constantly biting at herself.
She had a bout of this a year ago and it ended up being cured when the vet put her on antibiotics for kennel cough. Earlier this summer, when she started scratching again, I had the vet check her out, he didn’t find anything and suggested it was some kind of seasonal allergy. He also recommended a holistic treatment, but I’m not a big fan of such things unless I can get a good explanation of why it should work. Magic potion is not good enough.
I plan to return with Bridget to the vet and ask for antibiotics. I feel very strongly about antibiotic overuse and no one in the house has had them in almost a decade, but I just can’t stand to see my dog in such obvious discomfort.
If you have any solutions or suggestions including what I should ask the vet, please post a comment.
Update: Readers did indeed post lots of helpful advice in the comments. Click through or scroll on down.