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Ask the Vet About Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Allergies in Dogs and Cats
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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Feb 24, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog

Question:How do I get rid of the clear stuff coming out of my dog's eyes? In is that distemper she is not showing any other signs she has a wonderful appetite she's not biting at imaginary flies or anything like that and her part and seen great she just has stuff coming over eyes and it's white in clear

Answer:Many other syndromes cause runny eyes in dogs. You put the question under "Allergies" and allergic conjunctivitis is probably the most common cause. As far as getting rid of it, you have to get a diagnosis first - if it is allergic conjunctivitis you treat it differently than you do other cause like KCS (dry eye), etc.

Date: Feb 19, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My cat has no energy

Question:How many years does a cat usually live? My is 17rs old and in the last few days he has lost energy and doesn't eat or drink too much

Answer:17 years old is very old for a cat. Cats hide the fact that they aren't feeling good really well so when you can tell something is wrong, they usually need something. I would definitely have your veterinarian take a look at him.

Date: Feb 11, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies

Question:My 4 month old pitbull puppy has some type of skin problem.Shes constantly scratching and biting til there are bald spots and it bleeds.Her skin is always red but more red in the spots she keeps scratchin. Ive used Rexall allergy relief mini tabs.Ive used oatmeal shampoo,antibiotic cream along with coconut oil. I dont know what else to do.She just had her first shots and was givin Trifexis for fleas etc but I havent used it yet because she had a fever yesterday and was sick all day. Im afraid to give it to her when she is weaker then normal. Do I need to go ahead and give it to her? When I took her to get her shots I asked about her having allergies or something but they said shes too young to take anything besides claritin or benadryl. Im going to make her an appt but what else could I do for now?

Answer:As itchy as she sounds, have them check her for Sarcoptic mange. It is contagious to people too so you need to find that out. That sounds bad but you actually want her to have it - it's really easy to treat. It is very rare for a puppy to show signs of allergies at 4 months old. Wait to give her Trifexis until she is feeling better.

Date: Feb 9, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Another dogs medication

Question:Is it safe to give my dog another dogs alergy prescription? They are the same breed

Answer:I would not give this dog your other pet's allergy medicines unless your vet prescribes it

Date: Feb 1, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Running out of options

Question:I have an 8 month old Golden Retriever that spends most of his time digging, biting, and scratching himself. He has been to his Vet and has had Prednisone, Benadryl, baths in oatmeal, tea tree oil, and given coconut oil. Nothing is helping. Is there anything else I can do to give him relief?

Answer:Hi Susan, I'm sorry to hear you are having such a difficult time. Itchy, irritated skin can come from many different causes. Having him reevaluated by a vet is a good idea to determine the underlying problem. Best, Tiffany Veterinary Assistant

Date: Feb 1, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Meds dosage

Question:My vet prescribed 10mg of amitriptyline for my 11lb cat. Is this dosage correct?

Answer:Hi Karen, If you are concerned about your cat's medication it is a good idea to contact the vet that prescribed it. Best, Tiffany Vet Assistant

Date: Jan 28, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss

Question:When my dogs allergies act up, he loses small patches of hair. I take him for an allergy shot and his hair grows back. We don't know what he is allergic to. Why does his hair fall out?

Answer:The hair loss caused by skin allergies is usually from mechanical scratching (pulling his hair out) and also the secondary skin infection that causes folliculitis (infected hair follicles.)

Date: Jan 28, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Our cat hasn't even turned 1

Question:Our female cat she ain't one yet anyway our concern is she has the sores that just recently came out on her and the fur falling and she starts scratching until it's bleeding we have been cleaning theme with perxiode achol and triple antibiotic ointment we don't what else to do

Answer:You are describing what we call "miliary dermatitis" which is just a generalized skin infection and can be caused by a number of things: ringworm needs to be ruled out by your veterinarian as do a couple other rare things like mange, but this is usually a skin allergy. Cats can be allergic to a lot of things: fleas, food, something in the environment like grass, pollen, etc. Start by treating her for fleas with one of the stronger, more expensive, flea medications - make sure it is made for cats. Treat her even if you aren't seeing fleas as one flea can cause this type of allergic reaction in a severely allergic cat.

Date: Jan 27, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Atopica

Question:14 yr old Cat treating for skin allergies for 3 to 4 months with Atopica. Does not clear him up totally he is miserable lessions and iching. I know that long term use of steroids not good. I am interested in finding out how effective omega 3 is for treatment.

Answer:If he is that miserable, Omega Fatty Acids probably won't help too much, but since they are so benign on his system, they are always worth a try. Work with your veterinarian to weigh the side effects of the steroids vs his quality of life if the Atopica isn't helping after 3-4 months.

Date: Jan 25, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Giving meds

Question:My older cat is on temporary meds for allergies (sores on neck) Giving meds to him is like wrestling a tiger. I have found that mixing his cortisone and Amoxicillin with a small amout of wet food and BACON, will get him to take them..but, wonder if that cuts the effectivness of either med. Any info ?

Answer:Hi Nancy, As long as your cat eats all of the food that contains the medicine it shouldn't be an issue. Make sure you are putting it in a small amount so that he gets all of the medication. Tiffany Veterinary Assistant

Date: Jan 23, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Large bumps all over and hair loss

Question:How can I help my Rat tail terroir mix? She has large and small red bumps everywhere and has severe hair loss. She was a rescue dog and they don't know what she has had done or what she's mixed with.... I don't have a lot of money to take her to the vet so can I do anything to helper her from home

Answer:She truly needs vet exam and evaluation to rule out secondary bacterial and /or yeast infections which may need prescription antibiotics, etc for resolution of signs. You could start with topical anti bacterial or antfungal shampoos such as ketochlor, Malaseb or hexadene shampoo from 1800petmeds every few days. Put her on oral fatty acid such as be well fatty acid supplement from 1800petmeds. You can also try oral benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily in case it is allergy

Date: Jan 20, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergic to grad and his own hair

Question:Is there something I can give my 4 year old schnauzer boy that will stop brea outs and constant scratching?? We've used benedryl but it's not enough.

Answer:You should probably have local vet exam and allergy workup, as most likely cause is doggy hayfever, otherwise known as Canine atopy, which is allergies to molds, grasses, trees, dander, house dust mites, pollens, etc. Sometimes secondary bacterial or yeast infections are present from the underlying allergies, which also may need prescription meds. I would start oral fatty acid like Be Well from 1800petmeds. Ask vet about new prescription safe allergy meds like apoquel and Cytopoint

Date: Jan 18, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: skin itches

Question:she is on royal canin hydrolyzed protein adult hp dog food

Answer:If that is not helping after several months, you could ask your vet about alternative food allergy diet or protein from that same company. Sometimes a different novel protein can be tried. Also ask your vet about new injection available for dogs with allergies called ADI/Cytopoint, which you can look up on line

Date: Jan 15, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: dry skin itching

Question:been on apoquel 5.4 mg doesnt seem to help wasting money and getting baths 2x wk with equishield ch hc shampoo for dry skin. my dog is 12 yrs old and a shih tsu.any new ideas

Answer:Best to see vet for recheck to make sure no secondary bacterial or yeast infection present that also might need to be addressed from underlying allergies. Sometimes food trials with novel protein or what is called hydrolyzed protein diets are needed as well which also can be discussed with vet

Date: Jan 13, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Infection

Question:I have an Olde English Bulldog and I noticed his ears have been really red and he has been itching them occasionally and he has been having some yellow wax in his ear. I dont know what to use because I dont want to make his ears worse is there a medicine that can help clear this up?

Answer:You can try Zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds. If no help see vet for exam and evaluation of discharge under microscope to see if overgrowth of yeast or bacteria and for proper topical medication


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