Another Itchy GSD Thread
I didn't want to hijack anyone else's thread so thought I would start my own. We have a 2-1/2 year old female GSD who has been itchy for at least the last year. We've tried several things. She is just now concluding a hypoallergenic food (Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein), with no relief at all.
We live in WI so things have been in a deep freeze for a while, and she has had no relief with the weather. No noticeable change between seasons at all.
Vet has offered to have a blood sample tested... should we do it?
Should we go to a dermatologist?
I have heard that it's a trip down the rabbit hole once we start dealing with the dermatologist and allergy testing. Not sure what else to try.
If it were food allergy the hypoallergenic would have yielded relief, correct?
If it were seasonal allergies such as pollen then we would have seen relief in the winter, correct?
So this leads me to think that maybe she's allergic to something else, such as dust, dander, people... who knows.
We have tried Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin (loratadine) with no results.
I have seen people say try a catfish diet, venison, etc, etc. Oh, and to top things off she is a picky eater. Oy!
Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks so much!