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Laurel has been going to the clinic for her vaccinations, so she had her first "real" doctor's appointment last week for her skin problems. We're rural, so there aren't that many choices. I wanted to switch to "the best" from my cats' old vet, who was fine but our needs were more modest back then.

I really liked him. Laurel wasn't impressed, but he mentioned that he has a chi mix her size at home, immediately knew that it was allergies and not scabies, even though it was affecting her quality of life every bit as badly and had to be dealt with, and he was very gentle with her.

I also liked the way he phrased his advice about certain controversial issues, such as pediatric spay and kibble vs raw. I've done my research and I know my choices aren't right for everybody, but I did not feel judgement or condescension.

I was a bit surprised that he recommended bathing her QUITE so often, but she doesn't actually mind water, it makes sense to wash off possible environmental allergens, and bathing the dog is fun so I'll go with "doctor knows best", lol.

She's on Nexguard instead of Revolution, so it won't wash off, and he also gave her Temeril-P for immediate relief. She feels so much better.
 

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This vet seems to be one of the few that will discuss options! I'm glad that you went back to him. Do you have fleas in your area? I live in IL and there are no fleas in my back yard! The only time my dog got fleas, was when I was traveling and walked them on the grassy areas of one of the rest areas. Sometimes vets just automatically prescribe these. I think, that these flea/tick meds are really harsh on tiny dogs. The 'bugs' must bite your dog before they die. Whatever, I'm glad that she is feeling better.
 

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I pretty much agree with you. Fleas are a fact of life here (just the price you pay for living in paradise, as the locals say) as are scabies mites, which are much, much worse.

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I knew about this:

https://www.americanveterinarian.com/news/efficacy-of-afoxolaner-and-fluralaner-against-sarcoptes-scabiei-infestations-in-dogs

which seemed faster and safer than the Revolution I had been able to have sent from Singapore without a prescription, but I would not have given it to her if I had known about this:

https://www.change.org/p/nexgard-flea-tick-treatment-should-be-removed-from-the-market-without-delay

and will not be giving her a third dose.

Please know that I value your advice and experience. This little dog is too important to me not to.
 

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There are some non toxic flea stuff out there, but bathing, using a flea comb every time you come in, and being vigilant work too. Google 'non toxic flea treatment' and see what comes up? I don't give any flea/tick medicines now. Just are too toxic to give to a 4 pound and 9 pound dog (at least in my dogs) You have to weigh the pros and cons of giving these medicines. You are certainly headed in the right direction, in my opinion.
 

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Dogs could get Scabies? I had Scabies last year and I think I recall I couldn't give it to my dogs or I couldn't get it from them.
What kind of allergies does she have?
Did you try Benadryl?
Last year a vet recommended me to put Jr on a allergy medication (forgot the name) and I agree with his "normal" vet that if Benadryl helps him why not just leave him on it. Plus it's only in the summer months and he does get relief from Benadryl and anti itch shampoo (not medicated) But it's always in the back of my mind that maybe it's "better" or he'd get relief faster.
 

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It's a different kind of mite, so we can't pass them back and forth with our dogs. I'm not going to say I "have PTSD" from a teen bringing human scabies home from school and infecting the whole family, including a nursing infant, because that would be a gross insult to any combat vet or DV survivor who has to live with a lot more than "quirks" and "getting squicked out".

She's been taking Temeril, which really helped, but it's all gone. I haven't tried benedryl yet. Does Jr have a prescription or can I just cut down doses from human OTC pills? I don't know anything about this!

I didn't actually sign up for this and wasn't expecting to have trips to the city for specialists and worrying about "Do we eat or pay for our meds this month?" but it is what it is.

People have been kind to me but it's time to accept reality and deal with my own breed prejudice. This is not a case of recessive genes being very unpredictable or a dog that was bred for temperment.

I'll change my signature now and try to stay on topic. I need a LOT of help and different perspectives and lived experiences. I love my little girl to pieces and she chose me.
 

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Benedryl is given by weight. 1 mg per pound. That being said, I cut a regular tablet in quarters. The only time I have used it was years ago when my Italian Greyhound broke out in hives. Never happened again, and we never did figure out why. Worked fine.
 
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