For fourteen days prior to the tests, we can't give him any Benedryl and we can't use any shampoos, creams or lotions that contain steroids. For the past 8 weeks he's had 2 to 3 Benedryl tablets per day.
To keep him comfortable without his antihistamines, we bathe Tonka every other day with a mild shampoo. This removes environmental allergens that collect on his fur. When these allergens don't get rinsed away, they get trapped in his undercoat and cause him to be itchy and uncomfortable.
Tonka waits patiently while the tub with filled with lukewarm water with a few drops of shampoo. Tonka prefers bubble baths to plain baths.
Tonka has several areas that tender and red. The worst area is at the base of his neck.
Poor Puggy Baby.