Allergies in Dogs

Podcast - Allergies in Dogs

Podcast Episode 13: Allergies in Dogs

In this episode, I discuss how we handle allergies with our personal dogs. We go over why an allergy test is the best way to start. Further, we discuss what other options to consider when addressing your dog’s allergies with the help of your veterinarian. For reference, the approach we are taking was recommended to us by our veterinarian and is based on their knowledge and additional information from the website Check with your veterinarian before trying any of these suggestions with your dog(s).

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According to the website, in about 15% of cases, antihistamines help control the symptoms of allergic diseases such as biting, licking, chewing, and scratching. Although this is not a great number, antihistamines are safe, affordable, and worth trying.

Give each antihistamine for a full week for chronic skin allergies. If there is no or minimal improvement, try the next antihistamine on the list. If one of the antihistamines relieves your pet’s symptoms, continue using it.

Occasionally, a pet may seem sleepy. If this occurs, continue to give the next dose as scheduled. Usually, by the second or third dose, the sleepiness resolves. If your pet still seems sleepy after the third dose, stop that antihistamine and try the next one on the list.

Please call your veterinarian immediately if you notice anything unusual with your pet.

Antihistamines Safe for Dogs

Try the antihistamines suggested below, one at a time. Do not combine or mix them. Ensure the antihistamines are free of additives and other medications.

  • Diphenhydramine (Brand Name: Benadryl), 25mg, give 1 tablet per 25lb of body weight, 2-3 times per day.
  • Chlorpheniramine (Brand Name: Chlortrimetron), 4mg, give 1 tablet per 25lb of body weight, 2 times per day.
  • Loratidine (Brand Name: Claritin), 10mg, give ½ tablet per 25lb of body weight, 2 times per day.
  • Cetirizine (Brand Name: Zyrtec), 5mg or 10mg, give 1 tablet per 25lb of body weight, 1 time per day.
  • Hydroxyzine (Brand Name: Atarax), 10mg, 25mg, 50mg or 10mg / 5ml give 1 tablet per 25lb of body weight, 2-3 times per day.

If your pet’s symptoms are not controlled, please make a recheck appointment with your veterinarian.

Please call your veterinarian immediately if you notice anything unusual with your pet.

Source: (Itch Relief for Dogs and Cats)

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