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Ask the Vet About Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Allergies in Dogs and Cats
Symptoms & Diagnosis
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Ask the Vet About What Are Allergies in Dogs and Cats?
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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 24, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies

Question:Took her to a vet said she was allergic to something didn't know what but she's a long-haired Chihuahua losing her skin scratches and itches all the time and she's got rough skin and it kind of smells

Answer:Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 23, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Left eye redness

Question:Hi how are you! My dog has alittle redness on his left eyes with green discharge around it. Also, it is slightly on the right eye as well. He got an cytopoint injection on 5/22/20. I¿m not sure if he would need an eye drop.

Answer:Yes, he probably does need ointment at this point if you are seeing green discharge - that is a secondary infection. The ointments with a steroid in them work much better if he has allergic conjunctivitis, but your veterinarian will need to stain his eye to be sure he doesn't have any corneal interruptions before starting it.

Date: May 23, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itching very bad

Question:Tried shampoo Benadryl has small black dots look like scabs it's not fleas anything else it could be

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 22, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Apoqel

Question:Does the anti itch pill apoqel come in a human form and or generic pill? Does it have to be taken for the rest of the dogs lifetime?

Answer:There is no human equivalent or generic at this time. The hope is to find what your dog is allergic to and keep them away from it. Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 21, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Appa quill

Question:Do I need a prescription ?

Answer:Yes, Apoquel requires a prescription - here is a direct link to it - you will be asked for your veterinarian's contact information at checkout: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Apoquel-prod11700.html

Date: May 20, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin

Question:My dog has developed dry skin spots he is an English bulldog and from my research it is common but now he is developing rash I have not changed his diet is there a solution I can bath him with

Answer:There are many things that cause this (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 20, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Relief from itching

Question:Our little dog is scratching, biting and licking all over her body and feet. There aren¿t any sores or loss of hair. We use Advantix II for fleas and we haven¿t seen any. We tried an 1-800-PetMeds oatmeal and aloe vera shampoo and conditioner and it didn¿t help. We bought Burt¿s Bees for dogs hypoallergenic shampoo and it hasn¿t helped. She is a chihuahua/beagle and weighs 15 lbs. Her food is Purina Beneful medleys for small dogs. Her treats are Purina Beneful baked delights Hugs (beef, grains, cheese). Dental care is Purina DentaLife (approved by Veterinary Oral Health Council) Thank you.

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 19, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Maltese allergies

Question:My 12 year old Maltese keep getting ear infection and eye infection and nothing seems to work. What can i give him to stop this mess!

Answer:Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 19, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bovine colostrum

Question:My 7lb toy poodle licks and bites her feet and scratches her face. Is Bovine colostrum beneficial for allergy relief? Is it safe for dogs?

Answer:I have not had success treating with bovine colostrum. Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 18, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergy Relief

Question:Is it okay for me to go ahead and buy my dog some OTC allergy chews? Are they safe for her?

Answer:I don't know what chews you are referring to - feel free to resubmit another question with that information and a little more about your dog (age, other health problems, etc.).

Date: May 18, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog allergies?

Question:Fannie has problem with shedding and itching and skin on tummy has turned dark. Fur feels waxy. Recommend any meds?

Answer:Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 18, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: vitamin e

Question:My vet says to use vitamin e on my 5.6 pound yorkie. She has very dry skin and was given a shot a month ago. After brushing her a week later she had sever dandruff. I used coconut oil on her skin and left it for almost a week. Bathed her in oatmeal and aloe shampoo. Vet just called and said vitamin e so what is best? Thank you for your time and effort. Sincerely, Linda Camnetar

Answer:Oral Omega 3 Fatty acids may help, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Welactin+Omega+3+Canine-prod11837.html

Date: May 17, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergie reliefs

Question:Good evening, My 10 month old German Shepherd puppy is having allergies,the veterinarian has done two tests on him and meanwhile we are waiting on the results that take 3 weeks. She prescribed him KetoHex spray and Cefpodoxime 100mg. His balls are very red is there a cream I can put on him meanwhile we wait for the results or the same medication so I can buy it here on 1800PetMeds. Also, is there an ointment I can put in his ears, they don¿t have an infection the vet said but it is red.

Answer:Use Zymox Otic for his ears, then ask your veterinarian for some Apoquel for his skin if your veterinarian has already ruled out other things like mange. Here is a link to the Zymox: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: May 17, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye swollen shut

Question:My dog Titan has a rash underneath on belly area and his eye is irritating him and has now swollen shut

Answer:That sounds like an allergic reaction. You can try oral Benadryl (be sure the only active ingredient is diphenhydramine) dosed at 1mg per pound (so a 25 pound dog needs 25mg orally) - repeat every 8 hours until symptoms go away. If they don't or if he worsens, have your veterinarian check him - they will have much stronger medication.

Date: May 16, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin and hair

Question:Our two dogs get allergy shots but recently they are flaking, bare hair spots, and constant scratching. They do not have fleas. We have been spraying a prescription spray that helps but one dog licks it and got really sick. Can you recommend a good shampoo?

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm As far as shampoos, they usually have a secondary infection so MAlaseb works well - here is a link: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Malaseb+Shampoo-prod10667.html


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