Ok, many of you may remember that Liam had a problem with allergies last year. As I don't want a repeat occurrence I am watching him like a hawk for any signs of itching... Last year his poor paws were a mess! He started itching a few weeks ago, so I am treating him with a medicated bath 3x a week https://www.amazon.com/Douxo-Chlorhexidine-Shampoo-16-9-oz/dp/B000O1HEJ0 and Benadryl once a day. So far so good... he started scratching today so in the bath, he went... I have two large crab apple snowdrift trees in my backyard that are really beautiful but always seem to get Apple Scab. They are magnificent in the spring but the leaves this time of year start to show signs of the apple scab fungus! By the time the end of July hits the leaves are almost gone from the trees! "The apple scab fungus spends the winter in the fallen leaves, and in the spring it produces spores that can infect the new crop of leaves." This makes me suspect that this might be the cause of Liam's allergy! I swear if I can determine that is the cause I would cut those trees down in a heartbeat. I hate to cut down any tree but the alternative is a dog that can be miserable for years. He is such a trooper and will stay calm in the tub for the 10 minutes for the shampoo to work. Got some lovely pictures of him today after air drying in the yard!