Ask the Vet About Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Allergies in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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: Oct 22, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Benadryl
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Question:I gave my 40 pound dog to 25 mg of Benadryl 15 minutes my daughter gave him three more not knowing that I had to give them to him will this hurt him

Answer:Benadryl has a really wide margin of safety so he should be fine, but since that was a lot of benadryl consulting a toxicologist is ideal: When a toxicity issue arises and you need immediate help, here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Oct 15, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dry food
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Question:My Dog Elton is on Hills prescription diet for skin sensitivities, the Z/D formula. Is there a similar kind that you sell I could try?

Answer:We don't carry prescription foods but Royal Canin, Purina and Blue Buffalo all have similar prescription hydrolysed diets - they are all very expensive, like Z/D. (The process of hydrolysing the food is really expensive - but these are easily the most hypoallergenic foods available.)

Date: Oct 13, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mixing drugs
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Question:Is it ok to give temaril-p with levetiracetam in a 6 year old boxer

Answer:Probably, but check with your veterinarian because it will depend on many factors (things like kidney function from blood work, etc.).

Date: Oct 10, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication interactions
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Question:My dog had an injury and is on ASA 81mg twice a day . Can I put his flea meds on him while he’s taking the asa

Answer:Probably, but I would need to know which flea medication, dosage of ASA, weight of your dog, etc. so either consult your veterinarian or call and speak with the flea medication manufacturer's veterinarian (contact info should be on packaging or on the package insert).

Date: Oct 9, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies in dogs
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Question:My dog itches and chew on his feet and itches his body lot. We have been taking him to vet for years, pay lots of money, meds only work for a short period of time. Someone told me about hydroxyzine that works for their Maltese . Is this a good medicine for dog and what dosage for a 6 lb Maltese ? Thank you.

Answer:Hydroxyzine works about as well as any other antihistamine - medications from your veterinarian (Apoquel, prednisone, etc) will work better but working with your veterinarian to figure out what he is allergic to and keeping him away from that is the best thing to do for long term relief. Dosing for hydroxyzine is similar to benadryl at 1mg per pound of body weight given 2-3 times a day.

Date: Oct 8, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies
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Question: Is it OK to give my dog Temaril-P with gabapentin?

Answer:Usually yes but check with your veterinarian for the best advice (depends on dosage, weight of your dog, previous blood work - kidney/liver function, etc.)

Date: Oct 2, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seasonal Allergies
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Question:What is a good holistic remedy for seasonal allergies, that include hot spots, wheezing and coughing(chest congestion)?

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: Oct 1, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: albino Cat
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Question:I have a Albino Cat . He has and gets sores and hair loss. He gets Flea medication on Monthly. Took plastic containers away form him . Kit&Kaboodle Cat food is the only food he can eat. And keep down. What can I put on his skin.

Answer:There are many things that cause hair loss like that (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: Sep 30, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Drug reaction
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Question:Can I give my shepherd Galliprant 100 mg and apoquel together.

Answer:It depends on your shephered's blood work, severity of both conditions and history, so consult your veterinarian for the best advice.

Date: Sep 29, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergy drug interactions
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Question:My 2 year old Pitbull was having an extreme allergic skin reaction and the vet gave her a cytopoint injection as well as prescribed prednisone and simplicef to be taken by mouth. I recently ordered simparica trio for her asks it just arrived but I wanted to make sure it’s safe to give her given the other medications she’s currently taking.

Answer:I would call and speak directly to the manufacturer's veterinarian for Simparica Trio. Yu can go over the severely of your dog's entire case and exactly how long ago the "extreme allergic reaction" was and you can make the best decision for her when you factor in everything in her case.

Date: Sep 24, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies
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Question:I have a 6lb yorkie can he take kids Benadryl if he take Dasuquin for Arthritis? He is 15 years old.

Answer:Yes - there is no adverse interaction between those 2 medications so that is fine.

Date: Sep 17, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies
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Question:Is oatmeal shampoo the only thing that will control her itches. She is also on apoquel 16mg

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: Sep 11, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin Health
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Question:My dog has “dandruff” and she has been in Apoquel but it doesn’t seem to take it away. what else should i be doing aside from bathing with a prescription shampoo for fungus (i can’t remember the name of it)

Answer:If she takes Apoquel, she must have underlying allergies, so getting a handle on the underlying allergy is key to long term success. 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 In her case omega 3 fatty acids supplements are a good idea to help with the dandruff, but this isn't treating the underlying allergy.

Date: Sep 7, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Licking paws
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Question:My 2 year old Chihuahua licks her paws.....why?

Answer:There are many things that cause licking of the paws (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: Sep 5, 2020
Category: Allergies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Constantly itching.
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Question:Why is my dog scratching all the time he doesn't have fleas.

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

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