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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: Jan 21, 2018
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itching/scratching

Question:Is there a less expensive alternative to Apoquel ... I have a 20# Westie who has taken Apoquel but it is sooo expensive‼️. Your recommendation??

Answer:Finding what he is allergic to is ideal and saves a lot of money in the future - it is a horrific pain because they are often allergic to many different things but continue to work with your veterinarian to figure it out. Prednisone is much cheaper but has more adverse side effects.

Date: Jan 18, 2018
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies / hairloss/ red patch

Question:My dog callie is a 3 month old , earlier after bathing her i saw legs and specially her butt part , the both sides of her tail , there are some red patch , and it seems that her hair in that spot is losses. Shes kinda hairy , shes half beagle and half st. Bernard . I cant afford going to vet . Maybe you can help me what to do . Thank you . Im really worried to my dog .

Answer:As common as allergies are in older dogs, we very rarely see them in 3 month old dogs. Hair loss and redness are usually due to something else like sarcoptes, demodex, ringworm, etc. You need a diagnosis before you can effectively treat it so you will need to see your veterinarian and have them run a few quick tests to see what is going on - tell them you have financial concerns.

Date: Jan 17, 2018
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergy supplements

Question:What kind of allergy supplements would you prefer to give a dog who has highly sensitive skin?

Answer:Supplements aren't my first (or second or third) line of defense against allergies but the fatty acid supplements seem helpful like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Welactin+Omega+3+Canine-prod11837.html

Date: Jan 13, 2018
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shot reaction (Rabies)

Question:Had my 6 month old dog vaccinated 8 days ago. Within hours she had trouble breathing. Called the Vet took her back given two shots and pills. Today she's acting like she don't feel good and some aggression toward other dog I have. I took her in after she was dumped out in our community. She is mixed with some Retriever . Question can she be having another reaction 8 days later...

Answer:No, it is very doubtful, especially if she was normal the few days in between. Have your veterinarian recheck her if it continues.

Date: Jan 9, 2018
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: essential oils

Question:There is a lot of information out there concerning essential oils. If they are pure and you diffuse them are they dangerous for your cats or dogs for that matter. I have read some sites that say they are and others that say as long as they are 100% pure they are safe?

Answer:Sorry for the delayed reply: I let your questions sit for a few days to see if Dr. Dym saw it and knew more than I did about essential oils. Some can be harmful to pets, especially cats who seem ultra sensitive. Ideally consult a veterinary toxicologist or someone who specializes in poisoning for the individual oils' toxicity - there are many variables, like the weight of your pet, the concentration of the oil, etc. Here is a phone number to one such group: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435.

Date: Jan 3, 2018
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Amoxillin

Question:I need medication amoxiline for my dog he has infetion in to left ear he no have veterinary....

Answer:Amoxicillin has to be prescribed by a veterinarian that has seen your dog - but it doesn't work very well on ear infections. You can try cleaning his ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or Zymox will work for mild ear infections, but for moderate or severe, you usually end up needing the stronger prescription medications that you would have to get at your veterinarian.

Date: Dec 30, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Constant Scratching and Biting

Question:My dog, Callie, is a 75 pound Rottie mix and is scratching and biting herself to the point where she is losing patches of hair and starting to cause sores in some places. We live in the desert and I am told we don't have fleas here so that is not her problem. I have been giving her benedryl but it hasn't seemed to help, but I may not have given her enough. I have also been using the Yucca extract for the last 2 days. She is miserable and I really can't afford a vet visit right now. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:If she is 75 pounds, make sure you are giving her 75mg (that's 3 x 25mg capsules) at one time by mouth - up to three times a day or it probably won't help much. Your veterinarian will have stronger medications. If she has sores, she probably has a secondary skin infection so a good medicated shampoo is an idea. Here is one such product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Malapet+Medicated+Shampoo-prod11132.html Omega 3 Fatty Acids are also a good idea. Here is a product if you would like to read about it : https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+-prod10910.html

Date: Dec 29, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Raw patch

Question:My dog is on apaquel For allergies but hes got one spot the last few days that hes been scratching excessively and it looks fairly irritated today is friday my vet will not be open until Tuesday Because of the holiday is there anything you can recommend obviously its irritating him that I can use over-the-counter that will help give him some relief

Answer:Something with a topical antibiotic and topical steroid will make it feel better until your veterinarian gets back in like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Betagen+Topical+Spray-prod10872.html

Date: Dec 27, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Itchy cat

Question:Hi, my cat had fleas and I have been treating him with topical flea treatment every 3 weeks. I also been giving him zytec. This is the first time for fleas. He is constantly scratching, chewing, liking and breaking off hair. My other 4 cats are fine. What can I do for him other than I keep spraying anti-itch solution on him. Thank you

Answer:It sounds like he's allergic to the fleas so keeping all fleas off of him is important - make sure you are using a strong flea treatment like Revolution. You won't always see the fleas on cats because they are such fastidious groomers but one flea bite can start an allergic reaction that goes on for days in allergic cats. Your veterinarian will have stronger medications (steroids, atopica, etc.) that can make him feel better quickly until you get a handle on the fleas.

Date: Dec 26, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ear/eye issue

Question:Dozer, our 120 lb American Bulldog has seasonal allergies which lead to ear infections in his right ear. He currently has an ear infection that we are treating with zymox, but now his left eye is very droopy and is swollen nearly closed and has a clear watery discharge coming from it, it also seems itchy. Any ideas of what this could be? Is it normal that ear abs eye issues (opppsite sides) could be connected? Im going out of town for 2 days have my brother caring for Dozer, just want him to feel better ASAP, especially since we are leaving. Thanks for your help.

Answer:The eye and ear issues are probably related because they are both probably due to allergies. Benadryl might help the swelling - if he is truly 120 pounds, he needs 120mg of Benadryl orally - I would start out with just 75mg orally and see if that helps. He ideally needs to see your veterinarian and get some ointment to go in his eye. They can give you stronger ear medications as well if you still need them.

Date: Dec 25, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin issues

Question:Hello, I have an 11 year old Wheaton Terrier. Sadly he has cataracts and has had chronic skin problems. He has been on a ton of different meds for skin. Meds would be: temoral, thyro tabs, medrol, hydroxyzine, apequel. The best his skin was when he was given medrol, thyro tabs and hydroxine, the other best combo was the apequel thyro and hydroxine. I would like to know your thoughts and suggestions. Regardless I will definitely call my vet but would love to hear your opinion. I want my dog to have the most comfortable life as he gets older. Energy wise he is amazing. Runs and jumps etc his skin currently is dry and oily with lots of dandruff... he used to have the softest coat! Thanks

Answer:Allergies can be very frustrating. Really work with your veterinarian to figure out what he is allergic to - most severely allergic dogs are allergic to multiple things and eliminating his contact with as many of these as possible is ideal. Him having a problem this time of the year makes me really suspicious of food as one of his allergens so use a truly hypoallergenic diet (that you get from your veterinarian) to do an 8 week food trial on him where he eats only that food and nothing else but water.

Date: Dec 25, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Apoquel

Question:I heard there is now a less expensive generic for Apoquel. Is this correct?

Answer:Not that I know of, but hopefully soon.

Date: Dec 23, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Benedryl

Question:Can I give a cat benedryl for dry, itchy skin? What would the dosage for a 9-10 cat?

Answer:Yes, the dosage is 1 mg per pound of body weight so a 10 pound cat gets a little less than a children's dosage which is 12.5mg.

Date: Dec 19, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Flea allergies

Question:My 4 year old male cat had fleas. We treated him, and we got our whole house professionally treated as well. He now has bumps on the back of his head, and various other places on his body. He is still missing fur from back, body, and tail, and now has red areas where the fur is missing. What can I give him by mouth and/or to the infected area?

Answer:Make sure all of the fleas are gone - even one flea will keep him miserable because it does sound like he is allergic to them. You can try oral antihistamines like Benadryl at 1 mg per pound of body weight. Your veterinarian will have stronger medications.

Date: Dec 15, 2017
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin problems/balding/bumps

Question:My 3 year old silver lab has lots of really tiny bald spots on her sides, elbows/legs, and inner stomach area. On the inside of her legs, she has bumps and it is a little bit red but nothing serious. She has very dry skin and in the bald patches, if I just barely scrape it, the skin comes off a lot. She doesnt itch, but she bites at it sometimes. What is this and what Can I do to help this situation?

Answer:You really need a diagnosis to start treatment because it could be many things. The most common cause of hair loss is probably allergies but allergies are itchy so when you say that she isn't itchy, a lot of other things enter my mind like hypothyroidism, pyoderma, ringworm, etc. You can try a medicated shampoo like Malapet but having your veterinarian check her out and run some tests to determine the cause is ideal. Here is a link to the medicated shampoo: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Malapet+Medicated+Shampoo-prod11132.html


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