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    Dog's Allergies

    Our dog has had seasonal allergies for the past couple of years. Our Vet mentioned that we could take her to ISU to have her tested to see what she's allergic to but it is expensive and not guaranteed to work. I was wondering if anyone else has had experience with a dog's allergies and what you did to help them.

    The Vet put her on prednazone (sp?) last year but that had too many side effects and we'd like to avoid that again if possible.



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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    Our dog experienced some allergies last year. He ended up with a bald spot on his front leg "itching" from the allergies. The vet told us to give him Benadryl. I don't think it did much good. This year he hasn't had any issues. It may have been something he was eating - he has issues with corn.



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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    We have a Golden Retriever and tried Prednisone and it knocked her on her can. No steroids again for that dog. We then tried Hydroxyzine which was expensive and only mildly helpful. We're now using Chlorpheniramine which is cheaper and somewhat better. She still tries to lick and pull on her fur however. You're not going to be able to get rid of it altogether, but one of the later two may help somewhat.



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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    Ask your vet about Atopica(cyclosporine). Works like steroids but less side effects. Can be a little pricey though.



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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    We use Chlorpheniramine, which helps but doesn't completely stop the symptoms. This year, the edge of his nose became raw, so the vet prescribed prednisone. We're in the middle of that treatment now. He's doing ok with it, but as the vet said he would, he's drinking and peeing a lot more while he's on it.



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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    We use Benadryl and it works great for both our little dogs. They get really pinkish and itchy but after being on the Benadryl it more or less subsides.


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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    We've used both prednisone pills and a shot for our black lab. Both made her have accidents except for when we used 1/2 a pill each day, which then didn't seem to manage the allergies well. We've had good luck with benedryl though to manage it when it gets very nasty. Before I went to the trouble of using ISU I would try some of the over the counter stuff or less severe stuff people have talked about here.


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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    After 3 years of having our dog chew her paws raw, we got a shot of depo-medrol a few days ago and combined it with benadryl.

    She is in much, much better condition. The redness is gone and she's hardly scratching. A good portion of her hair is gone on her feet and likely won't return until mid November.

    It's always a pisser for a hunting dog to start the season with feet that are already raw. Hopefully this year will be better.

    I just got a shot of depo-medrol last week myself and am taking it with zyrtec. I wouldn't be able to function otherwise.


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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    My dog gets allergies at this time every year. 8 years in a row now.



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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    So how much Benedryl should I try? I've given her one tablet and it really didn't do much. She's 50 pounds so could I try the adult dose of two tablets?



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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    So how much Benedryl should I try? I've given her one tablet and it really didn't do much. She's 50 pounds so could I try the adult dose of two tablets?
    Our dogs are 11 and 13 pounds, and our recommended dosage is half a benedryl tablet every 8-12 hours. I'd talk to your vet to see what they recommend for a bigger dog.

    Also, if you use benedryl, make sure it doesn't have any other active ingredients with it, like tylonol. It can be harmful to the dogs.


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    Re: Dog's Allergies

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    We have a Golden Retriever and tried Prednisone and it knocked her on her can. No steroids again for that dog. We then tried Hydroxyzine which was expensive and only mildly helpful. We're now using Chlorpheniramine which is cheaper and somewhat better. She still tries to lick and pull on her fur however. You're not going to be able to get rid of it altogether, but one of the later two may help somewhat.
    Let her drink coke with caffeine in it.


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