Pet Medications – Dog Allergies
Medications – Dog Allergies
of the most common conditions affecting dogs is allergy. In the
allergic state, the dog’s immune system “overreacts” to foreign
substances (allergens or antigens) to which it is exposed. These
overreactions are manifested in three ways.
The most common is itching of the skin either localized (one area)
or generalized (all over the dog). If your dog develops a secondary
bacterial infection in the skin from itching, scratching and biting,
appropriate antibiotics must be used.
Another manifestation involves the respiratory system and may result
in coughing, sneezing, and/or wheezing. Sometimes, there may be
an associated nasal or ocular (eye) discharge.
The third manifestation involves the digestive system, resulting
in vomiting or diarrhea.
are five known types of allergies in the dog: inhalant, contact,
flea, food, and bacterial. Each of these has some common symptoms
in dogs, and each has some unique features.
veterinarian is able to help you choose the most effective product
and treatment for your situation. The goal of treatment is to control
symptoms and make your pet comfortable. In many cases, this is done
by avoiding the allergen.
the allergen can’t be avoided, medications or injections may be
in order. Only your veterinarian can tell you the proper course.
on Dog Allergies
Allergy Medications – Oral Antihistamines
Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used to treat allergies. It is also
used for sedation and/or tranquilization.
For temporary relief of allergy symptoms in dogs and cats.
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used in the treatment of allergies,
insect bites or stings and other causes of itching
is used for the symptomatic relief of allergy symptoms.
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