Q. Our lab has had a huge issue with chewing,itching and losing hair on his lower extremities . He is taking Benedryl. Can Benedryl make his itch worse?

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A. Place an e-collar (cone) on him to prevent excessive licking and chewing. Some antihistamines work better than others in different dogs, so you will need to find the one that works best. . Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to his diet to promote healthy skin. EFAs may also decrease inflammation. Search www.pet360.com for fish oil supplements. Try to determine what the underlying cause is and decrease or eliminate it. Discuss food elimination trials and allergy testing with your vet.

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