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My pug has really bad indoor allergies. We have been to the vet and he cannot seem to help. Any suggestions?

Asked by lbus1229 (338points) March 9th, 2008 from iPhone
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Valhalla30's avatar

My dog does too and she gets a shot of some kind of cortisone/steroid from the vet. This helps tremendously with her itching, as does Benadryl. I have a lab and a great dane, so they are huge and under the care of the vet when taking meds. Also, I’d try a different vet. Additionally, there are vets who specialize in allergies and dermatological issues, which may be worth a visit. Your current vet may know of one in your area. Also, using stainless steel dishes helps and bathing regularly with a hypoallergenic shampoo. There is also a very expensive brand of food called Hills, only available at Vet’s I believe, but I just can’t justify the cost. It’s like $70.00 for a 30 lb bag or something ridiculous.

annaott22's avatar

maybe its his food? Or you can try not useing air freseners

YahooSTi's avatar

Try changing up the food. Believe me it can make all the difference in the world. I raise guide dogs and we have to change foods to compensate for certain allergies.

syz's avatar

You need to have your vet refer you to a veterinary dermatologist.

Please, use caution when using steroids to treat itchy pets. We see quite a few animals who have been treated symptomatically with steroids for their entire lives (rather than correctly being worked up) and now they are diabetic, in heart failure, or have other serious health issues from overuse of steroids.

scamp's avatar

I agree with syz. make sure your vet has properly diagnosed the cause and doesn’t just treat the symptoms. If he/she hasn’t done the requred testing, see another vet.

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