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DateMay 14, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicAllergies around eye
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Question:

Around April/May my dog gets allergies that affect the hair around his eye. The vet said to give him benadryl and gave him a shot when I took him for his yearly visit in April. It seems that it is getting worse as he looks like the target dog but is missing hair. Is there something else I can give him? It is Saturday and if I take him to the vet, it would be an emergency call and I am on a fixed income and cannot put money out for an emergency visit if I can get something without going to the vets. Thank you for whatever you can tell me.

Answer:

It sounds like further testing needs to be done if he is not responding to benadryl and the shot. There are so many causes of alopecia (allergies, hypothyroidism, demodex, ringworm, pyoderma, etc etc) you & your veterinarian really need to determine an underlying cause because all of these are treated very differently. Here is a link to our article about hair loss, various causes and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm

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DateMay 5, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicShampoo for dry skin prescribed by vet
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Question:

I'd rather not add to my vet bill since this was covered by vet in prescribing Ceraven CHX for similar issues on chest and back. Dog is 11 yrs old cocker and Ceraven did help previously. High allergy levels lately and feel that is the problem. I was supposed to shampoo 2 times a week but she doesn't like the bath and I've been using this for over a month now. Prefer not to give her any more pills, etc. Is it ok to use the Neosporin for now? Again, shampoo contains chlorhexidine gluconate 4%.

Answer:

Contact the veterinarian that examined her for the best advice, but yes, neosporin is usually fine for them although you medicated shampoo will probably help more.

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DateApr 28, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicCytopoint
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Question:

All of the VIP petcare wellness clinics in my area have closed where he has gotten a Cytopoint injections every 2 to 3 months for four years now. Our next-door neighbors cat which we babysit for has insulin injections twice a day. We are very familiar with giving injections. Is it possible to order Cytopoint?

Answer:

No, sorry, it looks like we don't sell Cytopoint. Cytopoint requires a prescription from a veterinarian that has met your pet face-to-face from wherever it is ordered from.

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DateApr 25, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicReoccurring rash in between Bella‘s toes on her paw
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Question:

Bill is suffers from this time and time again and that gives her two antibiotics and up will and I’m just wondering if this is some thing that you can help me with so I can get the two antibiotics from pet meds

Answer:

In veterinary medicine, antibiotics require a prescription that must be approved by a veterinarian that has met Bella face-to-face. Recurrent infections like that are often secondary to allergies. 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

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DateApr 9, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicButt itch and ear itch
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Question:

My dog spots on her butt and can’t stop licking it. She licks her paw til it’s raw and her ear is raw from scratching. The vet can’t figure out what to do

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

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DateApr 8, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicItchy
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Question:

Just moved to new area and do not have a vet , my cocker spaniel is always itching and scratching biting her paw and leg

Answer:

There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your new 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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DateApr 7, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicRed Skin & Very Bad Smell
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My dog been treated for the last 12 year's & nothing helping even the Medicated Shampoo what can I do

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 Consulting a veterinary dermatologist is often helpful if it has been going on that long.

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DateApr 5, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicWeeping eye
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My lab is almost 9 years old so she's a "senior". In the last month, her eye appears to be leaking (weeping) daily, but the other does not so I'm not sure if this is related to allergies. She hasn't ever had this issue with her eyes and isn't scratching like I think she would if it's due to an allergy. Should I take her to the doctor or see if it passes soon? We live in an area with high pollen counts in the spring, by the way.

Answer:

At her age, since it's just one eye (and not both - allergies usually affect both, but not always to the same degree) and since she has never had it before, allergies would be unusual (but certainly still possible), but factoring those two things with her age, I would go ahead and get your veterinarian to check her out and rule out other things. If that isn't immediately an option, a eye gel like this may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html

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DateMar 28, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicItchy
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Question:

What will help

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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DateMar 22, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicCrusty nose
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Question:

I don't know why my dog's nose is crusty. It is not bleeding, but is crusty

Answer:

There are many underlying conditions that can potentially cause this, so see your veterinarian for testing if it continues or worsens. Over-the-counter products like this one can help if it is mild-moderate: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Pure+and+Natural+Pet+Organic+Moisturizing+Nose+Rescue-prod12540.html

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DateMar 20, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicHot spot ls
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Question:

My dog has developed hot spots in the folds of both hind legs and a little on her stomach. We haven’t her diet and we have her on monthly flea control so we don’t believe that’s the issue but she’s constantly licking at herself and the area is red and irritated. We have an e collar on her but is there any topical relief we can put on to help with the itching?

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

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DateMar 15, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicItchy dry skin
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Question:

What can I do for my dogs seasonal allergies

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

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DateMar 13, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicItching and chewing at paws
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Question:

Why is my dog constantly itching and chewing at her paws and what can I do To help her? Where she is itching she is losing her hair.

Answer:

There are many things that cause itching and chewing at paws (allergies, mange, interdigital cysts, 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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DateMar 13, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
Topicswollen face
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Question:

hello i dont have insurance or much money but my 10-11 year old shih tzu his eye was swollen shut and his face was also swollen puss was coming out. He does have allergies which cause eye and ear issues sometimes .i drained a good amount but it is still large i wanted to know what to do ?

Answer:

Visible swelling like that will almost always need oral antibiotics, which legally must be prescribed by a veterinarian that has met him face-to-face so I would definitely go ahead and see your local veterinarian if it persists or worsens. They can also rule out weird underlying causes like an abscessed tooth that may need extracting, cancer, etc.

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DateMar 13, 2022
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicBites skin
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Question:

My dog takes bravecto and has always had her flea and tick medicine. She bit down far in leg. Once in back leg. Now in front leg. She has scratched as dogs do sometimes. Never ever had this happen. Allergy hot Spot? She is 6 yrs old. Sh tzu mix.

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 yes, 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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