What to do with a dog that has itchy dry skin
My 5 yo Golden Retreiver has been having a horrible time lately with itching herself raw. Normally I treat this with a topical from the pet store, but it's not helping anymore. I'm looking for any suggestions - I'd like to avoid another vet visit and steroids.
A little recent history... Seems this started when the weather changed and the heat came on. She also enjoyed playing in the piled leaves as we were trying to bag them. Took her to see the vet in early December - Vet put her on Prednisone and Antibiotics and she cleared up great is short order.
Now this past week she has started again. Weather has been back and forth so heat has been on and off (some January!). I've been giving her Antihistamines as the vet told I could use for the itching, but it's only slightly helping. I've added Fish oil to her food as recommended and gave her Flea topical a little early when she first started to seem itchy. I've not seen any signs of fleas, but she has always been very reactive to their bites, and with this mild winter I don't doubt they are still around outside.
I have an oatmeal shampoo, but I'm afraid to go there - she seemed much worst last time I tried that to try to help.
At this point I guess I should apologize for the book, but really hope someone who has conquered this will chime in and offer some ideas.
My planned next step is to change her food. Hubby picked up some IAMS Naturals. It states it's good for Itching/sensitive skin.
Does anyone have any other ideas?