Joined: Jul 2008
Itching is one of those funny ones - as it's the body's largest organ it's usually the first thing to show signs of minor illness. Quite often itching gets suppressed by vets with steroids and other treatments which means that the illness goes within and finds avenues in other more serious organs, so that's something I would definitely advise against.
Antihistamines do occasionally help, but they too are often more of a band-aid than a long-term solution. If you do go down the ant-histamine route - get the active ingredient Loratadine one, it's most suited to dogs.
As a general statement it's quite often something in the food; a certain ingredient or antioxidant preservative (EEC permitted preservatives) that is the No.1 cause of skin issues. Sometimes it can be the spot on type flea preventatives such as Frontline, it can also be allergy to vaccines, or even household dust or cleaning chemicals.
First I would ditch any spot on treatments such as Frontline - it's a neurotoxin and is very bad for health as it can damage internal organs - much worse for health in fact than if he had fleas!
Unless he has alot of contact with other animals, it would be rare for him to get fleas anyway - if it's a concern, I give my large dogs 1/2 teaspoon of Neem Leaf Powder mixed into their food daily. Neem is wonderful for making the dog taste and smell bad to fleas so they don't hop on, and it is also good for skin health: http://www.neemgenie.co.uk/Merchant2...Category_Code=
For the itching, I would start with spraying him with aloe vera juice diluted 50/50 with water plus a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil (unless you have a cat around? - Essential Oils are very bad for cats). You could also add 25% Apple Cider Vinegar which is good at calming itching.
Another very good thing for skin is Salmon Oil - Kronch is a very good brand: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Kronch-100-Sal...3A1%7C294%3A50
What do you feed?
Are you into alternative therapies at all? I am sure that a good holistic vet would be able to help with this.