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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: Mar 21, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: sore paws

Question:my 9 year old dachshund has been to 2 vets,two rounds of antibiotics,prednisone,a steriod shot;a cytopoint shot,foot soaks,ointments,bandaging,etc. for inflamed dew claws,and around the paw. she has seasonal allergies,but her paws won't heal this time. i need help!

Answer:Allergies can be frustrating, as you know. Culturing her feet and trying to determine exactly what kind of bacteria (or fungus) and exactly what antibiotic it is sensitive to may help. Trying to figure out what she is allergic to is always a good idea but hard to do sometimes without allergy testing her, but that's always an option as well.

Date: Mar 18, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Allergy Meds

Question:Can I give my cat the allergy medication Reactine? And if so what would the dose be? My cat weighs 9.5 lbs. She is 4 years old

Answer:If the only active ingredient is cetirizine, then yes, it is safe for cats. I usually start with 2.5 mg but check with your veterinarian before starting any medication because he/she knows your cat's history better than I do (previous illnesses, underlying problems, other medications she might be on, etc). Antihistamines don't work anywhere near as well as other medications but they are usually worth a try.

Date: Mar 14, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Coughing and sneezing

Question:I have a 12 y/o male short hair who is having sneezing fits (only happens for n allergy season) but he is also coughing. He isn't coughing anything up that I am aware of but (sneezing no is a whole other issue) it does get worse as allergy season gets worse. Nothing has been found but I have this feeling that my little old man has a severe allergy problem that's just getting worse as the sneezing no and coughing has gone on for a few years now. He goes through phases just as we all do. Is there anything to help him that is OTC?

Answer:You can try over-the-counter antihistamines like Benadryl (use 1mg per pound as your dosage) but they don't work very well and most cats would need it twice a day, so getting it into them becomes a huge problem. I would recommend having him checked by your veterinarian to confirm a diagnosis of allergies, allergic bronchitis, asthma (all kind of related)(and to rule out other causes) - then they can prescribe different things that work much better - there are special inhalers made for cats that's you aerosolize medicines in that work very well. There are also long-acting injectable medications that keep you from having to give something oral twice a day - they also work a lot better.

Date: Mar 13, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye

Question:My border collie started having this milky eye goop over the weekend. We live in texas and the pollen is extremely high right now so we are thinking that it is because of allergies. Is there any eye drop we can get to help with this? It is mainly in his left eye.

Answer:You can try flushing his eye(s) with regular saline solution eye wash. For mild allergic conjunctivitis, this can help. For moderate to severe, you will have to make an appointment with your veterinarian for ointment.

Date: Mar 10, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Drug question

Question:We have a chocolate lab, he weighs approx 79 lbs. He has been having problems with allergies, sneezing, watery eyes etc. Can I give him benedryl 25 mg?

Answer:Yes, it is fine to give him Benadryl. A dog's dosage is approximately 1 mg per pound, so he would need 3 x 25mg = 75mg. That sounds like a lot but they metabolize it differently than we do.

Date: Mar 4, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medications for allergies

Question:Is there a medication that works as well as Apoquel 16 mg but isn't nearly as expensive? Is Chlorpheniramine 4 Mg a good (and safe) alternative?

Answer:You can try Chlorpheniramine - it's an antihistamine like Benadryl and probably won't work very well, especially by itself but it is very safe - very few side effects. Steroids, like prednisone, are an option but, of course, they have side effects and aren't recommended for all dogs. Using a low dosage and playing with it to find the lowest dosage you can use with an individual dog can decrease the side effects of steroids.

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.


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