I had a very informative conversation with an old fashion vet. If anyone remembers I posted through out the summer about the severe allergic reaction my 6 year old dog was having. Seems as if we were at the vet once or more a week. Even had a stay in the hospital. This is what this man told me. At the first sign of allergy make sure you wash their feet frequently. They carry the allergins on their feet, into the house, spread it on themselves when they scratch. Buy over the counter fish oil caplets. Give them one a day, and you can open up a capsule and spread the liquid over the sores, if they scratch themself open. If the allergy does not improve with this, add 1 caplet of OTC Benadryl. One caplet per 40 pounds. Bath with medicated shampoo. Can try oatmeal shampoo first. This was so interesting because after an entire summer of vet visits it came down to a perscription the vet wrote for Amino Fatty Acid (gel cap) twice a day. Benadryl Medicated Shampoo. Now I find out all is available OTC. silly me paid vet price. Now, per an previous post I saw, how do you wash their feet? This dog of mine will run up and down the runner when I tell her to wipe her feet. How will I get to WASH them? Will Baby wipes work? A bucket for her to step in before she enters the house?