Benedryl is a great way to relieve allergies in dogs. You didn't mention whether she has been itchy for a while, or if this was a sudden onset..... if it was sudden, I would suggest you think back to what she could have come into contact with... did you use a new laundry soap, floor cleaner, spray, did she go to a new park and rub on a plant, etc.? If it could be any of those things, stick with the Benedryl, and give her a bath with a quality shampoo (Eqyss Micro Tek, Rio Vista Oatmeal, etc.)
If she has been itchy for a while, I woul look at what she is eating. If her food has corn or wheat products, she could very well be having food allergies. I would try a quality lamb and rice formula.
Another excellent thing for skin issues is fish oil. It is very high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (what is found in most dog skin formulas on the market) I feed all of my bullies fish oil pills for people (found at Wal-Mart or nay vitamin section of a store) 1 pill a day for dogs up to 65 pounds, 2 pills a day for dogs 65-85 pounds, and 3 pills a day for dogs over 85 pounds... it works miracles... I had 2 with bad skin peoblems that cleared up within 2 weeks after feeding fish oil.
Melanie- I have a bullie with major skin problems just like yours. after the last vet visit he said it is probably one of two things: grass and/or the detergent we use. i asked about a food allergy and he said most likley not by the way he had the rash on his belly and genital area. we give him regular baths and have a spray we bought REAL cheap from the vet. it has definatly helped. i know a vet can be pricey but in the long shot it is the best solution!
I have a male (neutered) French Bulldog who is seriously sensitive to certain foods. He would lose his hair, he would scratch constantly, hives and blotchie red areas in the groin areas, or any where skin folds and touches skin. Hes been on a diet called Z/D Ultra only from the Vet. (For the past 6 years) My mother who is a holistic freak, brought home some Wellness (Venison Formula) I fed him one bag, which lasted about a month and got no reactions. Some time ago I brought home a brand called Holistic blend and he broke out into hives. I eliminate all dog biscuits as well , they are horrible for our pets. Carrots or fruit only, and even then only small amounts. I'll continue on the Z/D, but if I had to leave working for a vet, I know that Wellness does work as well. I would try it for 6 weeks. Let us know if there is any progress.
Two of many possibilities comes to mind...first, she might be having an allergic reaction- bullies are quite prone to that- so benedryl will do the trick.
Or- if she is really scratching a particular spot, put some organic honey on it, I do that with Jackie all the time- no harm if she licks it either as it is only honey. Look up all the things that honey can heal- and you will be amazed.