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Q: My dog has bad allergies, what can I give him?

February 19, 2009 | By Jessica & Matthew F. | 19 answers | Expired: 1996 days ago

Jessica & Matthew F.

He has red eyes, licking all the time, and scratching.

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Zachzel
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Feb 21, 2009

The first thing would be to check with your vet. Over the counter remedies do work though and can be cheaper in the long run. Try to stay away from Prednisone, I have had my pets have some bad reactions to it. It should always be the last resort.

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Jennifer K.
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Feb 21, 2009

my black lab has really bad allergies also and we give her just regular human allergy pills. you should check with your vet first but she gets so many pills based on her weight. it works really well! you can definitely tell when she has gone without her allergy pills cause the scratching and red eyes come back! good luck!!

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Elene V.
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Feb 20, 2009

I agree with checking with your vet. A friend of mine had a dog with allergies and she tried over the counter medicine and it did nothing but make the dog sleep all the time. After visiting the vet and running a few tests they found out the dog had an allergy to wheat. She bought different food and the dog is fine.

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Karon C.
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Feb 20, 2009

Benedryl works great, my vet told me to use it.

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Missy W.
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Feb 20, 2009

I agree with other posts about checking in with your vet first...but our dog has allergies and the vet said to use benedryl, it has worked great!

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Jill Y.
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Feb 20, 2009

Last spring my dog starting sneezing constantly so we took him to vet and they told us to give him benedryl. We did this for several weeks until he stopped sneezing all together.

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Carrie D.
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Feb 20, 2009

Talk to your vet first, but my neighbor's dog had bad allergies and she gave him some over-the-counter allergy medicine.

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April T.
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Feb 20, 2009

Only a vet can tell you what to give your pet. He may even have to prescribe something. It could be a number of things that are causing the allergies.

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Diana L.
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Feb 20, 2009

I would look at the food. Dyes, corn, by-products, etc. Try chicken, then Lamb and Rice, perhaps Venison and then Herring. Look at food with not a lot of ingredients. Don't look at holistic at this point because they have a lot of ingredients and you are trying to find out what he is allergic to. Good Luck.

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Sheryl  S.
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Feb 20, 2009

In addition to treating the allergies, you might want to see if your dogs food is the source. My bulldogs both have food allergies. I have them on a special dog food that has limited ingredients (ie, no corn, only one protein source). There are many dog foods made especially for dogs with allergies. You might want to go to your local pet store and investigate. Oh one thing...if you do go to a low allergen food, it will take 6 weeks to see if it is making a difference and you have to make sure your dog is not getting any special treats. Good luck!

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