I have a 6 yr. old tricolor cavalier who is scratching her ears terribly. She has gone to a dermatologist , been put on presciption food (Z/D) for a food trial, and Temaril P. After following the Temaril P protocol for 2 months she is now off it and the scratching has returned. It's always bad first thing in the morning after getting off the bed for a couple of minutes. You cannot distract her from scratching. Then a little scratching during the day and evening with some episodes being worse than others. (But it's extreme enough that it's not just scratching a little itch) Her dermatologist has informed me that the next step is allergy testing and shots. I am not totally convinced this is the way to go and I would appreciate some advice from some of you who have maybe been in a similar situation. I asked if she thinks it's PSOM or SM and she does not think it's either, she is convinced it's airborne allergies especially since she responds to the Temaril P so well.
I just want to do what is right for her, but again I'm not convinced allergy shots are the correct thing to do for her situation.
Could the Temaril P mask PSOM or SM symptoms? Her dermatologist says it wouldn't.
She is a small cavalier at about 11 lbs. She used to eat Orijen (before the Z/D she is now on). She has had limited vaccinations. I am very uncomfortable with the thought of allergy shots. I wonder if she should have a CT scan or MRI before we go that route.
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer. I am not sure what direction to go in as of right now.