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DateAug 5, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeCat
TopicSinus problems
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Question:

My cat has been sneezing alot of yellow mucus and has been having trouble with sinus congestion. What can I do ?

Answer:

Some cats will improve on their own with no treatment, as long as they are eating well and not lethargic (mopey). If they become lethargic and/or stop eating well, see your veterinarian for treatment. Humidity may help, even if it's just a hot steamy bathroom multiple times a day. Lysine is an over-the-counter supplement that helps some cats as well - here is a link to read about one such product, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetri+Lysine+Plus+Soft+Chews-prod11239.html Newer studies are saying probiotics help these kitties with respiratory issues, like Proviable: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

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DateAug 4, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicItching
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Question:

My dog itches a lot and it's several spots she targets not just one. I don't see any fleas or tics on her. I'm wondering if she has allergies.

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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DateAug 3, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicNon Rx
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Question:

Is there anything she can take for scratching non Rx? Topicals not working or at least none that ive tried

Answer:

Sorry about the delayed response - we are having technical difficulties that we think are ironed out now. 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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DateJul 30, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet TypeDog
TopicScratching.
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Question:

My dog has scratched himself raw on his throat. I knows he is some food allergies but we haven’t changed his food in a year. He’s on purina pro plan savor chicken. He is also licking himself a lot as well

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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DateJul 25, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicBug Bites
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My dog has welts on his feet and legs that are large and itchy from bug bites. What can I use to help him?

Answer:

I need to know more about your dog's situation to really recommend anything, but They can take benadryl (diphenhydramine) dosed at 1 mg per pound of body weight.

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DateJul 25, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicLicking his paws
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My dog is constantly licking his paws. This had happened before and the vet said it was allergies. He said to give him allergy meds. We did and it helped. Allergy meds aren't helping. Bought an ointment. It's organic, completely safe for pets. He doesn't want me to put it on and then he licks it off. Is there something I can put on that's safe for him to lick, but deters him from licking it?

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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DateJul 24, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicConjunctivitis
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My otherwise-healthy 3 year old Goldendoodle has some yellow-green conjunctivitis that has shown up. I’ve read this can be caused by a number of things including allergies. I’ve given him some Benadryl to see if it’s simple allergies as the cause, but I’m wondering if there are other OTC things I should be trying. Also, how long should I let this go before I take him to his vet? It’s Saturday so I’m hoping to avoid an urgent emergency visit. Thanks, Heather Schaffer

Answer:

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+Plus-prod12623.html Then if it doesn't, seeing your veterinarian for an official diagnosis and stronger prescription medications may be necessary.

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DateJul 19, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicConstantly sneezing
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Hello! I was wondering if I should take my dog to the vet if he is constantly sneezing. He has been sneezing for a 3 days and it’s constantly through out the day. No other signs besides the sneezing, I’ve bought aller-immune vitamins if that’s any help. Sorry just concerned if the sneezing something to worry about.

Answer:

Yes, certainly if it continues, your veterinarian will need to check him out.

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DateJul 15, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicHair loss
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Kitty loses her hair every year, this year a little worse is there something I can put on her coat to relieve allergies. Inside cat and on flea meds so I’m thinking allergies

Answer:

Be sure you are using something strong for fleas like Bravecto - you don't always see the fleas when they have an allergy to them, one flea bite that they ingest quickly can cause histamine release for days. 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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DateJul 9, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicAtopic Dermatitis
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My dog has been on Apoquel for almost 2yrs and is taking 16 mg per daily per her weight but she continues to have itching and also constant licking of her front paws. Do you think that trying something else like Atopica would be something to try?

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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DateJul 9, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicMeds for allergies
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Can give my dog allergy meds after vet gave him a shot a week ago which didnt stop the itching and chewing 20 pound schnauzer

Answer:

It depends on what meds you are referring to. 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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DateJul 6, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicAllergies
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Hello I have a 3 year old 5 pound pomeranian. He is suffering from allergies eyes and skin he has watery eyes almost all day scratches and bites his body loosing hair and has a kind of weird smell. He had some fleas which I'm buying nexgard to solve that problem. My question is can he take atopic capsules.?

Answer:

Atopica is one of many treatment options. 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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DateJul 4, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
Topicmed interactions
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Question:

Can I give my cat benedryl, capstar, and zenequin antibiotic at the same time?

Answer:

There is no adverse interaction between those 3 but I actually wouldn't give them all at the exact same time or they may upset your cats stomach - almost like a diet change, so space them out by however many hours you can and try to feed with small meals (especially the antibiotic).

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DateJun 30, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicAllergies
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Question:

Hi just to let you know the spray I bought be soothed for dog and the shampoo be super clean the are not work in my dog she keep scratching her skin

Answer:

Yes, over-the-counter medication/shampoos like that can work well for early or mild allergies but not moderate to severe allergies. Your veterinarian will have much stronger treatment options. 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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DateJun 30, 2021
CategoryAllergies
Pet Typenull
TopicSneezing
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Question:

Hello, I have a cat 14 years old named Pearls. She started sneezing and has a clear liquid discharge coming from her eye. She still eats but not as much. My husband says it's probably allergies, I think it's an infection. Is there some medicine I can give her? Thank you

Answer:

Some cats will improve on their own with no treatment, as long as they are eating well and not lethargic (mopey). If they become lethargic and/or stop eating well, see your veterinarian for treatment. Humidity may help, even if it's just a hot steamy bathroom multiple times a day. Lysine is an over-the-counter supplement that helps some cats as well - here is a link to read about one such product, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetri+Lysine+Plus+Soft+Chews-prod11239.html

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