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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: Jul 20, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lumps on dog's back

Question:My dog buddy last week I discovered what I believed were. 3 mosquito bites on his back. They were raised and raw. I treated them with topical allergy cortisone cream and it helped. I gave him his bath and he was fine. The "bites" were healed. But last night, I felt multiple lumps on his backside again! He also feels lethargic and not so hungry. What can I do to help him. He's my ESA and I'd like help with any at home remedies I can use bc I'm on a fixed income from disability. Help

Answer:"Lumps" are different than bug bites and sound more worrisome to me. I can't tell what they are without seeing him - and I would probably have to aspirate them (stick a needle in them and pull some cells out) to know exactly what they are. This is a pretty simple procedure that your veterinarian can usually do relatively quickly so it shouldn't be very expensive - tell them that you have financial constraints and most will work to stay in your budget.

Date: Jul 16, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dry, Itchy Skin Help(

Question:Dr. Dym, My dog Teddy is currently on Apoquel and histamine tablets. Is there a pill or Caplet available that we can give him orally to help oil his skin or to provide more oil on his skin?? Like for example vitamin E comes in the liquid form in the caplet.

Answer:Yes, oral Omega Fatty acids work nicely for this (not really Vitamin E). Here is a link to read about our Omega 3 Fatty acids: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+-prod10910.html

Date: Jul 14, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: vet says he is alergic to grass

Question:can we give him benadry over the counter he weight is 14 lbs how much would we give him in cc's

Answer:He will need a Children's dosage of 12.5 mg. There are different concentrations so look on the bottle to see how many cc's (ml's are the same) has 12.5 mg. Sometimes giving 1/2 of an adult(25 mg) is easier.

Date: Jul 13, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Bumps

Question:My cat has a lot of small whitish bumps on his ears. There's no drainage and they don't seem to itch, any suggestions or should I worry? Thanks, Melissa

Answer:I see you categorized this question under allergies and that is usually what causes these, but not always. We call this "miliary dermatitis" and it can be caused by other things like ringworm, pyoderma, etc. Having your veterinarian check for the strange things is ideal but if they are mild and don't worsen, there isn't a huge need to treat them right now as long as they go away. Start using a good flea preventative on him even if you aren't seeing fleas - cats are such fastidious groomers that they can groom off a flea right when it bites them but one flea bite for an allergic animal can make them break out for days at a time.

Date: Jul 13, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heeling

Question:My dog had his back with no hair and he is chewing his paws/legs. He then skrached his neck to were he is missing hair there to. He smells no matter how many times I give him a bath and he has dead skin just flaking off all over the body. What can I do to help my poor dog. He has had this for months and I have treated him for fleas many times. Please.

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to rule out things like mange, but it does sound like he has allergies which are very frustrating because he will continue to have problems if he keeps coming into contact with what he is allergic to. Many allergic dogs are allergic to multiple things (fleas, food, grass, pollen, trees, etc). I would leave him on some kind of flea preventative (depending on where you live) - mainly because many of my allergic patients are allergic to many different things, including fleas. Even when you don't see fleas, one flea can make them miserably itchy for days at a time. When you pick a hypoallergenic food, make sure that you use a truly hypoallergenic diet to determine if he was food allergic - be sure that he eats only that food for 8 weeks. Consider multiple food trials with different hypoallergenic diets. Consider allergy testing if none of the treatments are working very well. As far as treating his secondary skin infection, be sure you are using a strong medicated shampoo like Malaseb or Malapet. Let it sit on him for 5-10 minutes every 3-4 days. If topical shampoos aren't working, you will need to get stronger oral medication from your veterinarian.

Date: Jul 11, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: cats and air ionizer

Question:We have two female cat's. My wife and I purchased a fan with an air ionizer setting. It helps with our sinus issues, but I wonder if it has any negative affect on our cat's? Please advise. Thank you

Answer:They are not harmful to them, that I know of. I'm definitely not an expert on toxins but I have never read anything in my veterinary literature that talks about them as being harmful.

Date: Jul 11, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: cat allergies

Question:I have 4 year old male cat with allergies(on meds) but he is allergic to real and fake greenery of all kinds. I haven't been able to use much during holidays because he is so sensitive, develops itchy scabs around neck, but he takes his meds on regular basis. Any recommendations on what I can use to decorate? Non-toxic greenery was an option but it was brittle and he could eat the tiny pieces. Thank you for any advice in this matter.

Answer:Most allergic reactions are to something alive/biological (grass, trees, live christmas trees, fleas, live plants, etc) so you should be fine with anything artificial unless he has some strange, rare allergy to something like plastic (I've never seen this in a cat but I'm not a dermatologist).

Date: Jul 10, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: pulls fur out

Question:my male cat just started pulling hid fur out,,clear to the skin,,why?

Answer:Many possibilities for cat pulling fur out, from allergies to flea bites, contact or airborne allergens known as atopy(to molds, house dust, pollens, ragweed, etc), and even food allergies. Other cats my have stress/anxiety component to excessive hair pulling. I would recommend full veterinary exam and medical evaluation to make sure no underlying medical causes, allergies, etc

Date: Jul 8, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Antibiotics for dog

Question:My dog is 10 years old and is suffering from acute hair loss and itching. Please prescribe suitable antibiotics for dog.

Answer:If he doesn't have a skin infection secondary to scratching, he doesn't need antibiotics. If he does, Cephalexin is usual the antibiotic I still start with for skin infections, then Clavamox (Augmentin) if the Cephalexin isn't working. Strong medicated shampoos sometimes work as well as oral antibiotics and are ideal to start with - like Malaseb or Malapet. Work with your veterinarian to figure out what he is allergic to - and your veterinarian will have access to medications that will help the itch better than antibiotics. Keep all fleas off of him. Here is a link if you want to read about Malapet: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Expert+Care+Tapeworm+Dewormer+Tablets+for+Cats-prod11772.html

Date: Jul 6, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itches all the time

Question:Is there something new on the market for dogs that itch and scratch all the time

Answer:"New" is a relative term, but Apoquel is relatively new. If you haven't tried it, it works nicely for most allergic dogs. There are many other drugs and treatment modalities on the way as well - consult your veterinarian to see if they have access to new medications. Here is a link if you want to read about Apoquel: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Apoquel-prod11700.html

Date: Jul 5, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear and paws

Question:My dog is always licking her paws and scratching her ear. I have taken her to the vet many times and she is on benedryl or Zyrtec ... and also Is on Apoquel 16 mgs a day . I give her half once in the morning and half at night.. she is also on Oti-smooth ear drops. This all seems to work for a while then stops working . I tried to change her food many times and nothing seems to be working .. she is a beagle/Lab mix. She used to be on Zymox 4.8 out of 5 stars 124 Reviews ZYMOX OTIC with Hydrocortisone 1.0 Ear Solution Treatment bacterial, viral, and yeast infections 1.25 fl.oz og For Dogs and that's helped for a while .. her ear that is bothering her is red but doesn't smell but sometines she makes her ears bleed . I'm at a lost . Do you have any answers that could help her?

Answer:It does sound like she has allergies which are very frustrating because she will continue to have problems if she keeps coming into contact with what she is allergic to. Many allergic dogs are allergic to multiple things (fleas, food, grass, pollen, trees, etc). Be sure that you used a truly hypoallergenic diet to determine if she was food allergic - be sure that she ate only that food for 8 weeks. Consider multiple food trials with different hypoallergenic diets. Consider allergy testing if none of the treatments are working very well.

Date: Jul 3, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: excessive licking or biting his paws

Question:My dog was chewing on his foot last night and chewed off a pad on his foot. Would this happen if he had a yeast infection because he needs different food?

Answer:A food allergy is certainly possible - and/or an allergy to many other things (fleas, treats, grass, pollen, trees, dust mites, etc etc.) If it is that bad (chewed his pad all the way off) he definitely needs to be on pretty strong, prescription oral (and topical) medication for the infection and for the underlying allergy. Consider allergy testing him to try to figure out what he is allergic to.

Date: Jun 30, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: WEEPY EYES

Question:I HAVE A SHISHON (SHIH TZU & BICHONE FRIESE). 9 MONTHS OLD. HAS WEEPY EYES WITH STAINS. WHAT CAN I GIVE HER TO SLOW OR STOP THIS PROBLEM. THANK YOU.

Answer:If she has allergic conjunctivitis and her conjunctiva is inflamed, you may need medication from your veterinarian especially if she is squinting, pawing, or has yellow or green ocular discharge. Angel Eyes probably works best for just normal brown tear staining. Here is a link if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Angels%27+Eyes+Natural+Tear+Stain+Soft+Chews-prod11566.html

Date: Jun 29, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Yucca intensive drops

Question:Can I use yucca intensive drops in a regular daily basis for my dog without any side effects. He is also taking atopica daily.

Answer:Yes, it should be fine to use both. Call and confirm with your veterinarian as they know everything about your dog (all medications he's on and has been in the past, how old, any other problems, etc) - they will also want to note it in your dog's chart.

Date: Jun 28, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Does my dog need Frontline?

Question:I've been giving my Bichon Frontline every month for nearly 5 years. Now I'm wondering if it's something she actually needs since it's for fleas and ticks. She's an indoor dog (no other animals) and has never had fleas or ticks. Temaril-P has been prescribed for her and I'm not sure about that either. Problems seem to be skin allergies resulting in scratching and biting (where she can't reach to scratch). Sometimes are worse than others, but this is a year-round issue. I was looking at Betagen spray on your site and wonder if this might help my best friend more that what she is getting now?

Answer:I would leave her on some kind of flea preventative (depending on where you live) - mainly because many of my allergic patients are allergic to many different things, including fleas. Even when you don't see fleas, one flea can make them miserably itchy for days at a time. Betagen works well for some dogs - especially dogs that really go after one specific area and create a hot spot.


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