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I had to take Chico to the vet the other day for a shot and the vet started noticing that Chico's allergies haven't gotten much better. Between his toes are really yeasty and red. His belly has brown spots all over it too. She gave me some antihistamines to try. I've only been giving him one pill instead of two and it seems to have helped tremendously with his scratching. The medication is called Amitriptyline. I was wondering if anybody else on here uses any medication for allergies. The label satates that it may cause drowsiness but Chico is really low energy anyways so I haven't noticed any difference. If this doesn't work than I'm gonna have to go see a specialist so I'm really hoping this will help him. I can't stand to see him so itchy all the time.
 

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I see amitriptyline used all the time in humans for depression. I didn't know it had any antihistamine properties. But at least you'll have a happy dog. :wink:
 

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I see amitriptyline used all the time in humans for depression. I didn't know it had any antihistamine properties. But at least you'll have a happy dog. :wink:
That's weird. He does seem really content. Guess we won't have to worry about any aggresion with him! LOL
 

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I used to use benadryl for Spooky. I'm sure you feed him good food, but could it be something in the food? Or he could have airborne allergies. Like dust mites, mold, grass, trees (most pollens), fleas, etc...
 

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I used to use benadryl for Spooky. I'm sure you feed him good food, but could it be something in the food? Or he could have airborne allergies. Like dust mites, mold, grass, trees (most pollens), fleas, etc...
We think it's more of an airborne situation because he flares up really bad after we go to the park or sometimes when we go on walks. I feed him DVP Duck and Potato. He is allergic to corn as well so I have to be careful with treats. Benadryl doesn't seem to work at all with him.
 

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1mg of benadryl per pound

Hi !

Just had a discussion the other day with my friend who is a vet about Bailey's allergy problem. We are trying some better foods and using benadryl ( 1mg per pound) every 8 hours. If anyone else has any good advice, please post- she is not familiar with ABs and their peculiarities.
 

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Hi !

Just had a discussion the other day with my friend who is a vet about Bailey's allergy problem. We are trying some better foods and using benadryl ( 1mg per pound) every 8 hours. If anyone else has any good advice, please post- she is not familiar with ABs and their peculiarities.
 

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First, Amitryptaline is not an antihistamine. To be honest, I'm unsure why your vet prescribed that solely for allergy reasons. There are much better drugs suited to treat the condition (& this drug has a slew of possible adverse side effects).

Atarax is probably 1 of the best prescribed antihistamines for your dogs. We've had much success with this drug.

However, since it seems your dog is really suffering, I suggest trying to get to the root of the problem (i.e. what's causing the severe allergic reactions) instead of trying to just treat the symptoms. Mind you, I DO think treating the symptoms is a must for the dog's health, comfort, & wellbeing.

Often, bronzing of the feet, ear infections, & skin problems are indicitive of a food allergy. The good news is this is one of those things you can check for yourself. The bad news, is it takes a lot of dedication on your part (& the entire family) & a very strict diet. Plus, although usually one will notice an improvement in 2-4 wks, it takes approx. 6-8 of this strict diet to determine if it has helped. However, like I said, it's very easy to switch to a great quailty food (beef, chicken, wheat, sunflower oil, & many, many other ingredients tend to cause allergic reactions in many dogs) & not feed any treats (use pieces of the kibble as treats or buy corresponding treats) for a couple of months. Also, the allergies could be anything from inhalent to contact allergies, but I definitely suggest the search to narrow down the possibilities.

EDIT: Wanted to add this it's most definitely worth a try to try Diphenhydramine (aka Benadryl). The dosage is 1-2 mg per pound of body weight. For example, a 50 lb dog would get 50-100mg (2-4 25mg tablets) twice a day. Mind you, I wouldn't ever exceed the 100mg dosage mark. Just go to 3 times a day if needed.
 

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My vet told me to give Scarlet Alavert...(I forget what the actualy med in it is called) but what ever that is he said it is safe for dogs. We give her 1/2 pill right now cause she is also on Anti-biotics...but we noticed that helped her a great deal too. Her feet and eyes look soo much better!
 

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I was curious to know the doseage per pound for the claritin and alavert? Also for the claritan is that childrens or adult?

Kelly
 
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