About two weeks ago the black flies and mosquitoes started coming out. I tried spraying the dogs with deet-free repellent each time they went outside, but after about a week of this, I found it almost futile. The dogs see the sun and immediately want to go outside, so we’ve started to allow them, hoping that sooner than later, they will become immune to the numerous bug bites they’re getting.
Canyon seems to be having a lot of difficulty dealing with the resulting itchiness. He scratches, and scratches almost constantly from the time he wakes up, until the time he goes to bed. We have been giving him Benadryl for the itchiness, but he still seems to be scratching enough to start de-furring his armpit area.
Since we want to show him in the August new Liskeard show, we had to put a stop to this obsessive behaviour. With it being so warm, we decided putting a shirt on him was not a suitable option, so we decided to break out the all-season Muttluks and have him wear them during the day. At night, we give him a Gravol to make him sleepy and allow him to settle before getting a chance to remember the itchiness. We don’t want him wearing the boots 24/7 because that may lead to additional issues, so we hope the boots during the day and Gravol at night will do the trick.
Normally Canyon is an easy going guy, but for some reason he seems to be the biggest baby about any little discomfort.