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Medications For Dogs With Allergies

If you have a dog that suffers with allergies, it can be sheer torture to watch your dog go through the suffering and the process of scratching, biting, licking, chewing all to no avail,what your dog may end up with are hot spots, bald patches, and ultimately open sores which can leave you desperate for medications for dogs with allergies.

There are several types of medications for dogs with allergies.

Your vet will most likely conduct some testing and then he may prescribe a steroid for your dog.  Steroids help to boost the immune system and strengthen your dog’s ability to ward off the sensitivity to a specific allergen.  Steroids are great for the short term, but they can end up being harmful, and can cause heart damage in long term use.  Sure, you may be relieving your dog’s symptoms with steroid medications for dogs with allergies, but you can end up shortening his life while you are at it.

Antihistamines are another of the more popular medications for dogs with allergies.

If you do not get a prescription for these from your vet, you can also use over the counter type antihistamines, but you have to ensure that your check with your vet as to which of these are safe to give to dogs, as well as the proper recommended dosage.

Antihistamines are one of the most effective medications for dogs with allergies because they can they can soothe irritation.  Again, though, these are not meant for long term use, because they can have various negative side effects or cause your dog to be very sleepy and inactive.

As far as antihistamines go regards medications for dogs with allergies although very effective this should only be a short term solution.

While many people seek medications for their dog, it is more important to figure out exactly what your dog is allergic to.  In this way you can avoid your dog’s exposure to that allergen as much as possible.

Sometimes it can be as simple as the stuffing contained in the bed your dog sleeps on, other times it can be much more complicated and take longer for you to discover what the problem is.

Most people do not even consider that dog food is one of the most common dog allergens.  The dry dog  food that you purchase for your dog (store bought kibble) is one of the worst things you can give to your dog, because of what it contains.  Much of the kibble you can buy in the store is loaded with corn meal, wheat by products, dyes, preservatives and other things with little or no nutritional value.  A dog has a great deal of difficulty digesting much of this content and can end up with malnutrition or you may notice that your dog needs to go outside a lot to do his business.

This is not to say that all dog food is bad, there are some higher quality foods, but you will definitely pay a lot more for these foods.  It is totally worth it, though, because you are going to find that your dog is getting better nutrition, has more energy and you may also eliminate the allergen from his diet at the same time.

Medications for dogs with allergies are a short term solution eliminating the source will better serve your dog.

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8 Responses to “Medications For Dogs With Allergies”

  1. Enrique says:

    I was instructed by my vet to give my dog Benedryl for his allergies, but he didn’t tell me it should be just temporary. I would say my dog has been taking them for about a year now, should I discontinue them for awhile or do you think it would be ok to continue giving them to him until I can find what he is allergic to? Your blog has given me a lot of ideas to test to find out what it might be but I think in order to be sure it could take some time to test each one by trial and error. Is there one thing that is more common the others that you would start with to eliminate things from the running?

  2. I love dogs and I worry so much especially when they’ve got allergies. They get so irritated and I don’t like that. This is a very good alternative to the ones I use to buy on the vet cllinic. Thanks for posting!

  3. Mabel says:

    This isn’t so much an allergy medication question but a medication question in general. I was told that it is acceptable to give your dog baby aspirin when they are in pain or have a fever. Is that in fact true or should they be given something only from the veterinarian, made specifically for animals? Baby aspirin is so much less expensive I hope it is ok for him.

  4. Chester says:

    You mentioned that in some cases it is ok to give your dog over the counter medications that humans would take for allergies and such, can you tell me which ones are safe for that purpose? I would assume that Benadryl and baby aspirin would be ok but I want to make sure. I read some where that a lady has been giving her dog these things for going on four years I think, so it must not be harmful right?

  5. Patrice says:

    I think I would be a little leery to give my dog human medicine just from over the counter. Dogs may act like humans sometimes, I know mine does, but the fact of the matter is they are made differently than us and they require different things. Why would they have veterinarians if they didn’t. Be safe and take your pet to the vet to find out what is wrong, what if it isn’t an allergy at all? Thanks for posting your advice it was worth the read.

  6. Thanks for posting these medications for dogs especially for me cause I’m a dog owner. It can’t be help that dogs can have allergies. Thanks once again.

  7. Bhanu says:

    Dogs need to be given a healthy natural food like rice & chicken .Take him to the vet at the first sign of allergies explaining to the doc what exactly the situation is.

  8. Horace says:

    I used to give my dog Benadryl for his allergies and it worked for about six months then it was like they stopped working, is it possible that a dog can develop an immunity to the medication? I was also wondering after reading some other peoples pets problems is it possible that the dog is allergic to the medication they are giving it? Sometimes people are allergic to penicillin so maybe the dog is allergic to what ever is in human medicine.

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