Okay, that's really interesting about the brushing... I brush Mollie nearly every day but mostly because she absolutely loves it - you can almost see the drawl coming out of her mouth! As soon as she sees the brush, she just lays on her back, legs spread waiting for the joy!!! Mind you, it probably itches for her.
She used to get really red raw under her arms when she was about 3 months, but as soon as the hair started to grow, that stopped - now its mostly on her belly which is still quite bare.
She's a true redhead with quite fine hair, so that might have something to do with it. She developed a bit of a rash yesterday so I put some cortisone cream on her after a bath in the medicated wash, then I gave her an antihistamine and its gone today.
I did lots of research last night and discovered omega 3 is apparently really good for itchy pups, so will discuss that option with my vet this week - see if I can get her onto some capsules.
She has progressively gotten better over the past few weeks (after her intital dose on antihistamines) so i am hoping that she gets through this phase.
The vet has suggested that it may even subside in winter, but I'll still keep investigating until the problem is resolved!
Despite everything, she's a gorgeous little girl and I am trying to train her to lay on a sheet when she's out in the backyard - its not going so well, but we'll get there.