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Lucy saw a different vet than Boyden sees and she gave us a medicated shampoo. Says bathe the dog once a week for 4 weeks. It's called Histacalm and the active ingredient is Diphenhydramine (2%).


Should I do this? She hates baths according to her previous owners. Her new diet will surely help alot. She recently had a problem with fleas but not anymore. She's got some itch pills to help get her through the transition.


I'm leaning towards not doing this. What do you think?

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Hi, Miztiki,


The diphenhydramine is generic for Benadryl, so basically, you're applying a topical antihistimine at the same time you're bathing her.


Is her coat already showing any improvement? If there's any improvement at all, I'd call the vet and see if I could get a topical diphenhydramine spray just for her still itchy areas and put off the bathing for a while. Even clipping the hair away a bit for the spray might be helpful.


I made the mistake of bathing Shonie the 2nd week after we got her. She needed it, but she wouldn't go in the back yard for months after that if I was out there, it really flipped her out. She tolerates bathing fine now, doesn't love it, but does ok.


BTW, I think that if everybody who got a bc or (any dog, really) showed as much devotion and concern as you do, the world would be a better place.


Ruth n the BC3

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