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Ask the Vet About Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Allergies in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About What Are Allergies in Dogs and Cats?
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: May 25, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Blisters, boils

Question:My dog suddenly started having symptoms. It began with him throwing up, bloodshot eyes, lethargy, licking his paws and lack of appetite. Day 2 he got blisters around his mouth and now a hard red lump on his chin and side of his face. Is this an allergy to something Maybe?

Answer:An allergic reaction is possible but given the severe signs you describe and systemic symptoms of vomiting, loss of appetite, etc your dog needs complete veterinary evaluation and exam as well as likely workup for possible diagnosis and treatment

Date: May 17, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Looking for help

Question:Hi I have a Staffordshire/boxer mix. She has environmental allergies like dust, pollen etc I was wondering does 1-800-petmeds have anything Non Rx I could get her to help Or anything at all I could get? She has red itching skin rash is on tummy and going down legs that I can see she's black and white so can't see all. Her eyes are watery/redness too Thanks so much. I give benadryl already but she doesn't like it and very hard to do. So looking for another better option as it doesn't work very well.

Answer:We sell a bunch of different things for allergies - I will put a link to our "allergy relief" page that you can copy and paste into your address bar at the end of this answer. Many of the things on that page require a prescription from your veterinarian but not all. The stronger prescription things are going to provide greater relief but will be more expensive and may have more side effects. Allergies are often a life-long and frustrating condition so work with your veterinarian to find what works best for your dog. http://www.1800petmeds.com/Allergy+Relief-cat71.html

Date: May 15, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treating Dog allergies?

Question:Hello! My two daschunds ages 9 &12 both seem to have allergies. They both have been sneezing a lot and doing this weird "coughing" Sound??? What can I give them other than baths to help give them some relief???

Answer:You can try Benadryl at 1 mg per pound, so if they are around 12 pounds, that will be a childrens dosage (12.5mg) or half of an adult dosage. Limit their exposure to allergens outside until the pollen dies down. Have your veterinarian check them out if the benadryl doesn't help because it may not be allergies and/or they will have stronger medications.

Date: May 14, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies / Itching

Question:I think maybe my dog has a flea allergy or something. He is constantly scratching himself to the point of scratching sores all over his body. We have treated him for fleas and give him regular baths but it doesn't seem to help. Is there something I can give him to keep him from scratching sores on his skin?

Answer:I would get an official diagnosis from your veterinarian because they will be able to rule out other things like mange, etc., but allergies are the most common reason they scratch. They can be allergic to many different things like fleas (probably the most common so I'm glad you got rid of them), food, spring allergens like pollens, Fall allergens like ragweed, grass, dust mites, etc etc. There are many options for treating allergies - which one(s) your veterinarian chooses will depend on many things like the severity of the allergies, how old and healthy your dog is, etc. Here is a link that discusses treating allergies at length: http://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 11, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rash

Question:Hi my bulldog is 8, month for the last 2 month he has been developing a tipe of rash spots like...i been treating it with goldbond baby powder but now he's starting to get it worst not to were its out of control but would luke to get control of it before it does...

Answer:I would try a good medicated shampoo next like Malaseb or Malapet. Soap him up and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Work with your veterinarian to treat the underlying cause - probably allergies but you want to rule out other things as well (mange, ringworm, etc). If he is having problems with allergies this young, consider allergy testing him and not just treating the symptoms his whole life.

Date: May 9, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seasonal Allergies

Question:Which medication would be great for a shiba inu with allergies?

Answer:There are many options for treating allergies - which one(s) your veterinarian chooses will depend on many things like the severity of the allergies, how old and healthy your dog is, etc. Here is a link that discusses treating allergies at length: http://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 7, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Allergies

Question:My cat eye is watering and produces mucus. Could that be an allergy? Will benadryl help?

Answer:Viral conjunctivitis is a little more common in cats but they can have allergic conjunctivitis as well, so it is impossible for me to tell without doing a physical and detailed history. Have your veterinarian check your cat out if it worsens. (You can give benadryl to your cat at 1 mg per pound of body weight twice a day but it wont help much at all if the conjunctivitis is viral)

Date: May 7, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: maybe alergies

Question:My Bella a silver tabby,she is constantly biting and pulling her fur out on her back 4" above her tail,has'nt gone bald yet but am concerned, thank you Bellas Mom

Answer:Yes, that will usually be allergies. You like to rule out other strange things like ringworm, mange, etc. Fleas are probably the most common allergen so even if you aren't seeing fleas, get her on a good flea preventative. (Cats will groom the offending flea off before you can see it a lot of times) If she is really uncomfortable or getting secondary skin infections (hot spots), have your veterinarian check her out and get her some treatment/relief.

Date: May 5, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itchy Skin, lesions

Question:My 9 y/o Westie has allergies. We have changed her diet to grain free dog food. No Rice or Sweet Potatoes, as I heard that feeds the yeast. Very little, if any table scraps. The Vet was giving her shots every 2 wks, but they only help for about 1 wk, so thats not the answer. I bathe her in Malaseb Shampoo. I also ordered the tea tree spray to spray on her when shes scratching. I am thinking apoquel is the next step or perhaps Cadi. Which do you recommend? Thanks!

Answer:Apoquel and Cytopoint sound like a good next step - I like them equally right now, although I've used more Apoquel. Continue to try to solve her underlying problem by trying to figure out what she is allergic to - easier said than done, especially with Westies because they are often allergic to many different things: fleas, food, grass, pollen, etc. Just trying a grain free food definitely doesn't rule out a food allergy - dogs are usually allergic to the protein in the food, not the grains. Try to use one of the prescription hydrolyzed diets where they cut the allergens so finely that the dog cannot have an allergic reaction to it. I use the prescription foods for a minimum of 8 weeks but she cannot eat anything but that food for the entire 8 weeks or you are wasting your money. Consider allergy testing her as well.

Date: May 3, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: LESIONS ON VARIOUS PARTS OF BODY

Question:HOW TO GET RID OF LESION SORES ON DOGS BODY

Answer:You need to have your veterinarian determine what caused the lesions to develop a plan for them. Are they secondary to scratching from allergies? Have you ruled out mange? Ringworm? All of these are treated very differently.

Date: May 2, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Runny eyes & nose

Question:I have a 12 yr old Bearded Collie that has a runny eye and nose. I have tried different things to keep it clean and not have the gook get hard and irritate his eyes but it does not seen to get better. I also got a antibiotic from the Vet but it is still not gone all the way. Could it be allergies? What else can I do to clear it up once and for all? I also tried the meds for the dogs that have the teary eyes and that did not help either.

Answer:It is probably caused by allergic conjunctivitis. The only thing that will make it go away "once and for all" is keeping him away from the offending allergen(s) which is usually impossible. Don't let him ride with his head out the window. The antibiotic ointments that have a steroid in them help better than if it only has an antibiotic but you always need to make sure he doesn't have a scratched cornea before starting an ointment with steroid.

Date: May 1, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What's wrong with my dog?

Question:Hello, I adopted a jack russel terrier and we go on about 3 walks per day. Yesterday I found white worms in her stool. I noticed before finding the worms that she slept a lot, shedded a lot, and became very poop shy. She developed a cough when I first got her but I thought it was from her leash training. She has some brown marks on her back but when looking at it I didn't think it looked like fleas, more like hair bumps. Any idea on what is wrong with her? I ordered some Fenbendazole Granules 22.2%, is that ok?

Answer:She has so many different (possibly related, but possibly not) things going on, a trip to see your veterinarian is ideal. Fenbendazole is a really good idea as well - it will kill the 2 types of worms you can see in their stool (tape worms and round worms).

Date: Apr 28, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat lip

Question:My cats bottom lip is swollen and its crooked like swollen on left side she eats and acts normal what can it be

Answer:Lots of things really: Trauma, bug bite, abscessed tooth, tumor, abscess from a cat bite, etc etc.

Date: Apr 28, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies

Question:Is it same to give my dog loratadine 5mg?

Answer:Yes, it is safe to give to dogs. Make sure that loratadine is the only active ingredient, like make sure it doesn't contain pseudoephedrine or anything else.

Date: Apr 26, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Allergies

Question:My cat is almost a year old and just about a two weeks ago he seems to be wheezing while he breathes but it's only in certain ways that he lays or sits. I just noticed that one of his eyes are starting to get watery. Do you think it could be allergies or if he could have asthma?

Answer:Either of those is possible but an upper respiratory virus is more common. If his discharge turns yellow or green or if he stops eating or acts mopey/lethargic, take him in for a check up with your veterinarian.


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