(Closed) Allergy medication for dogs

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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987 posts
Busy bee

Oh poor thing! There was another thread about dogs with allergies a couple of days ago which may help? http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/what-do-you-give-your-dog-for-allergies#axzz2RfeTAgER 

But we give our Maltese over the counter antihistamine tablets every time she gets itchy and they help very quickly (just half once every couple of days). She has chronic itches. Also natural foods, medications, and moisturisers might help? Loads of recipes on google. We are currently trying a rose hip powder on her food which is supposed to help too.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@IUrebekah3RT:  Do you know if she currently has any active skin or infection?  Dogs with allergies can very easily get skin and ear infections (bacteria or yeast) and treating that before starting allergy medication is a good idea.  Usually that treatment involves topical shampoos or ointments.  There is another immunosuppressive medication used for allergies in dogs that has much less side effects than steroids that may help her.  Some dogs with allergies need that medication and low doses of steroids to control their symptoms.  Do you have any veterinary dermatologists near you or could you go to the vet school at Ohio State?  Allergies in dogs can be very frustrating to get under control but the dogs feel so much better once they are!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

my baby girl had seasonal allergies in the spring every year which would cause bacterial skin infections from the itching that were difficult and lengthy to treat!  I wasn’t jazzed about steriodal treatments long term, but working closely with my vet we developed a short course of steriods with a tapering dose used just for the worst part of allergy season each year. As she got older, her allergies diminished. Now she just gets itchy paws in the springtime, and I keep a close eye on them to make sure there’s no signs of excessive irritation – open sores,  infections, excessive licking. For the past two years, they have been a bit itchy but not to the point of needing treatment – they haven’t impacted her quality of life at all – so I don’t treat them. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Benadryl!

No, but seriously — there could be other allergens in the food. Have you changed it since switching to this organic food? Allergy-prone dogs develop allergies after being exposed to a certain protein. It’s best to jump around from food to food, rather, from protein to protein. Have you tried bison? Venison? Heck, you can even get kangaroo. Organic doesn’t even necessarily play a role in that. Other grains aside from corn are also common causes of allergies. 

Please PM me if you have any questions about food allergies, if you think it may be a cause. This is what I do for a living πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

One of our dogs has terrible seasonal allergies and actually gives herself sores and has lost some fur etc. We started feeding her chicken and vegetables instead of dog food and gave her some supplements her holistic vet recommended. It has helped quite a bit. She still licks her laws more than our other dog but she’s not near as miserable and hasn’t lost more fur. 

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