Thank you - I will have to ask the vet if she got the CytopointTrying to find what triggers the itch is definitely a process. I hope you can figure out things soon. Agree with twyla that Apoquel won’t help if the itching is caused by food allergies or intolerances. But from experience here, Apoquel doesn’t work for all dogs with environmental allergies. If you determine that it’s not food related and possibly environmental
Cytopoint is something you could discuss. Bobby has bad seasonal allergies in the fall. It’s temporary thank goodness. The Cytopoint, a shot that works up to 6 weeks, really helped Bobby get through this fall. The Apoquel didn’t work at all for him this year. Is it allergy season where you live? It still is here but it is winding down. A hard freeze is a gift to allergy sufferers. Of course it could be food related and it’s good to look into that but because of the time of year and the fact the owners said she didn’t have itching problems before it makes me wonder if it’s environmental and maybe wait until the allergy season is over and if there is still a problem, then explore the food? Ruling out the environmental, I think, is easier than trying a bunch of new foods and possibly creating more problems. The last two months is prime allergy season for many parts of the country. Once the season is over I think you would know fairly quickly if you should start exploring foods.Good luck!
the owners didn’t seem to think she had allergies, but she had a lot of brown spots on her coat on hindquarters, back, rear feet. Vet said it’s saliva staining from licking. The comment over text was that Advantix might lead to some irritation, I think she either licked & scratched a lot and they didn’t notice due to various family issues that led to rehoming, dog possibly in several households over a few months, or they suspected but didn’t want to address it. The discoloration has faded some with Apoquel & after last vet visit, but it’s flowly returning. Of course Michigan is unseasonably warm, so probably still environmental allergy season. I do notice minor belching if she eats quickly, could that be food?I think the scratching was present with the previous owners but they attributed it to the Advantix, not allergies.
As you can see, finding the source can be complicated. If you're going to try to pin it down without doing a lot of testing be sure to change only one thing at a time so you get a clear yes/no result. This will take time.
Did the previous owners mention just how long she'd been scratching?