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DateNov 23, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicWeeping eye
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Question:

I would like to try adult Benadryl. How much can I give him? Thank You

Answer:

Their Benadryl dosage is a LOT higher than ours: we dose them at 1mg per pound of body weight and give that dosage every 8 hours. Consider an eye gel like this one as well: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html

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DateNov 23, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicHow do I know if my dog has allergies?
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Question:

How do I know if my dog has 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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DateNov 11, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicGenerics
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Question:

Apoquel is good but expensive, is there an alternative medication?

Answer:

This is one of the most popular questions I get on here and unfortunately, no, there is not a good alternative, like a generic, yet.

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DateNov 10, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeCat
Topicnasal congestion
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Question:

She was prescribed amoxicillan before and it helped. Do you dispense this med?

Answer:

Yes - here is a direct link to the product - it will require approval from a veterinarian that has met her face to face: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Amoxicillin+Drops-prod2095.html

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DateNov 7, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicAllergies
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Question:

Mu dog wakes me up this early morning 2:45am with a sneezing attack what I can do? Now after like 10 mnts just stopped but I still worried .

Answer:

Humidity may help - like a hot, steamy bathroom or a humidifier, but if it continues or worsens, see your veterinarian for a diagnosis - could be many things.

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DateNov 6, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicAllergy Med
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Question:

Our 19lb shihtzu has been using Apoquel >3 years and it appears med not giving our dog relief of her allergies. Are there any natural meds we can try instead?

Answer:

Unfortunately, Apoquel is considered the strongest medication available. Ask your vet about a Cytopoint injection - it works as well as Apoquel for some dogs. Be sure of the diagnosis. Try to figure out exactly what she is allergic to and avoid the allergen(s). 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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DateNov 2, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicMaltese 10 pounds
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Occasional nasal congestion.

Answer:

I would need to examine your Maltese (and get a lot more information) to really give you any kind of useful advice. Since their allergic organ is their skin, it is unusual for them to have "nasal congestion" secondary to allergies like we do so see your veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

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DateOct 29, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicAPAQUEL 5.4MG 2 TIMES DAILY
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NEED REFILL PLEASE ASAP FOR ITCHING AND BITING FROM SKIN ALLERIGES

Answer:

Legally, in veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your dog face to face must approve the prescription. Here is a link to Apoquel - you will be asked for that veterinarian's approval when checking out: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Apoquel-prod11700.html

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DateOct 18, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicPododermatitis
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How do I treat this yeast infection in his paws?

Answer:

There are many things that cause pododermatitis (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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DateOct 18, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicApoquel
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Question:

Damian prescribed Apoquel, and has been taking for about 4 months. The dermatitis on his feet have gotten a bit better but at this price, I expected more. He still has sores on all 4. Is apoquel just not suited for him or a supplement could help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Louisa

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" which is key to long term success treating allergies 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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DateOct 18, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicAllergies
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Question:

I own an 8 year old Border Collie that has been severly scratching for approx. 3weeks.noticing some white flakes when i brush her .the flakes come more from her back end. Could this be coming from Frontline topical Liquid? Any other suggestions?(she had this before approx.10 months ago) also,she has an odor she typically does not have.

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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. Frontline would be highly unlikely. Since allergies are the most common (fleas, flood, Fall allergens, etc.), 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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DateOct 17, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicSkin
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My dog itches and chew a lot he gets red and hot on his underbelly he gets scanba small ones skin can also get scaly under his hind legs when I treat with cortazone also has a long discolored spot from his tail to center of hip joints . Also a spot on back leg that had small sores and are gone now but the hair is slow coming back . He was treated at the vet with prednisone he gets Claritin 24 hour in the morning and a half a Benadryl at bed to help with the itching and allergies he’s a no grain dog food and because he’s a service dog and because of his skin issues he gets a bath only every three months to keep the oils on his skin but this year seems to be since spring has just gotten worse

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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DateOct 13, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
Topiceye mucus
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My dog has eye mucus (greenish). Started in one eye on Sunday, second eye on Monday. Seems to be clearing up but wondering if there is an OTC or at-home treatment?

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If it is mild, just rinsing with human eye normal saline (like contact wearers use) can help. If it is a little worse, an over-the-counter eye gel like this one may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html Then if it doesn't, seeing your veterinarian for an official diagnosis and stronger prescription medications may be necessary.

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DateOct 9, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicSkin allergies
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Question:

Our local vet said our dog has chronic alopecia. He also had this last year at this time, he was given ketoconazole and cephalexin which did not seem to help at all. I found a probiotic shampoo that cleared him up over time, But I think this is caused by something seasonal and it just ran it’s course. He seems 10 times worse. Would appreciate any input From you he has a dermatologist appointment November 23, he desperately needs help until then.

Answer:

There are many things that cause hair loss like you describe (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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DateOct 8, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
Topicallergies to heartworm meds/urinary tract infection in cat$
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both cats/dogs scratching themselves terribly, seem to start after application of heartworm meds. One of the side effects?? cat has urinary tract infection, how to prevent? and any natural treatment in place of antibiotics? feeding rabbit dry /friskies canned. 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 For the UTI, first be sure it is actually a UTI - it may be FUS, FLUTD or crystals, which are treated entirely differently. All benefit from increasing the water content in the diet so gradually switching to all canned food may be ideal - one formulated for cats with urinary issues is probably ideal as well.

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