Both our pooches are scratching like hell. Mainly belly, chest, legs (very badly) and around the tail (just as bad).
Roxy had the same problem last year around about the same time and the vet said it's an allergy - probably to some grass. It was far worse last year but she now starts again to scratch. Nowhere nearly as bad though. I put it down to her belly fur having grown back after desexing last year.
This year Nero is suffering too - he hasn't had it the last year but this year is pretty bad. I suspect an allergy for Nero a well as he is itchy at the same spots as Roxy. But I'm not sure because he's never had that before and he also had a very itchy bump on his butt, which must have burst at some point because he then had a scab that fell off. It healed nicely but now I think it might be coming back?! Looks like a pimple to me and it always appears on the same spot.
Going to the vet is a friggin' nightmare so I'd like to find out first whether it's an allergy or not. I read somewhere that there are anti histamines that are suitable for dogs and which I can buy over the counter. Does anyone know what they are called? I'd like to rule in (or out) allergy before I take the trip to the vet. Because if they really just have an allergy, I guess it's no point going. Then it's just a matter of finding out what causes the allergy. I.e. 'stay out of the grass and have an oatmeal bath a day' ... all of which they're going to HATE'