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The first answer is pretty thorough but I would like to add a few points.
First.. the type of food you are feeding your dog may be the key. If you are using a food that is grain, rice or corn based in the first three ingredients, please change to a food that is meat or chicken based. Many dogs are allergic to grain, rice, wheat and corn and these things are used as primary ingredients in many well known, name brand dog foods. Secondly, all treats that have these ingredients should be cut out. It takes weeks to months before a food change can show results so you must be patient. Jumping from one food to another will be counter-productive.
Some dogs are so allergic to flea or other insect bites that one or two bites can cause a severe reaction. Once the itching/scratching cycle begins, it is hard to stop it. Benadryl is good but I suggest liquid form. You can get it inexpensively at one of the dollar stores. The pills take time to break down in the digestive system so you get better and faster results with the liquid.One tsp= 5cc and most dogs of average size can tolerate that much and more if the dog is a larger breed.
Allergy testing is very expensive and most dogs will test positive to some things. That does not mean that the itching is coming from those things as many things in the environment can trigger positive test results. Breaking the cycle of itching is primary and that can be done with prednisone ( short term and last resort after benadryl and bathing), allergy shots( same deal, last resort after easier methods). This spring and summer have been particularly hard, weather-wise.
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One of Dawn's other comforting and priceless qualities is her resourcefulness and common sense. Once we were overseas on vacation and our key did not work. Dawn texted us immediately, I contacted my neighbor and gave Dawn their contact info. Within a very short time, Dawn had contacted the neighbors and was inside our place with a new set of keys. She sent a picture of my cats to give me extra piece of mind. So, she is super resourceful and able to work things out. It really was like having another me back home to do things the way I want them done.
She and her crew really love the animals in their charge and enjoy taking care of them. As for the shop, when my cat needed high fiber food, she special ordered it. When I recommended a litter, she started carrying it. My only problem with the merchandise is that a lot of it is made in China. It would have been nice to see more American-made stuff. It is out there.
I love to keep it local. Despite the fact that I can get pet supplies more cheaply at Target or Petco, I went out of my way to shop at her store because I value small businesses and what they bring to a community. I love that Dawn is a small business owner, that she is not a subsidiary of a big impersonal corporation, and that she is not just a shop, but a valued member of our community who just happens to do what she does better than Petco ever could. She brings the personal touch.
Sadly, Dawn repaid my loyalty with gossip, pettiness, backstabbing, and a show of such ingratitude as I have never experienced before. She turned on me and my family in the most unneighborly fashion and flew her psycho-flag just long enough for me to reconsider my loyalty and to take my business elsewhere. I had overlooked her gossip and backhanded comments about others and laughed it off as one of her eccentricities--we all have them. Then I found myself on the receiving end of her sorority-girl brand of mean and, well, it's a shame. Apparently she doesn't need my business and is doing quite well without it. So, more power to her. I hope this is an isolated incident because I would hate to see Petco's Unleashed as the only option in the South End.
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