Q. My Yorkie/Mix is having itch problems. Steroids helped as long as he took them. Tried oatmeal bath. But still itches. What next? No fleas.
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS
A. It is important to figure out the cause of your dog's itching. If fleas are not the underlying cause it could be another allergy issue, such as a food or environmental allergies. Steroids help to temporarily alleviate the clinical signs, such as itching, but can have side-effects if taken long-term. I would consult with your veterinarian to investigate the underlying cause of these ongoing issues. In the meantime, you could try administering an antihistamine, such as benadryl to help alleviate the histamine response that is causing your dog to be itchy. The dose is generally 1 mg per lb every 8 hours.