|Barked: Sun Sep 30, '07 3:53am PST |
|Toby is allergic to flea bites and has seasonal allergies it seems in spring. We use what everyone else does, benedryl or generic benedryl (do not buy it with anything but the one ingredient in the pills). He gets 25mg capsule or tablet (whether we get generic or name brand) usually every four to six hours until he settles down from his allergic reaction. Sometimes it takes one or two doses, sometimes it's a couple weeks of on/off treatment to keep on top of the reaction.
It's been as bad as him having a severe allergic reaction and ending up at the vet in an emergent situation before we knew he had these allergies. Several times he's had to get a prednisone type shot to get on top of the allergies if the benedryl doesn't work. Now we catch it early and give the benedryl til he's feeling better. Sad to see him sleeping more b/c he's 'drugged' but way better for him and safer to stave off a dangerous allergic reaction that could compromise his airway. The worst one happened super fast, face turned red, eyes red, all happening within an hour or two.
Treating preventatively is best also. For flea allergies, we use Advantage in flea season, and just keep some dog friendly benedryl on hand for those itchy days.
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