Canine With Mild Allergies

by Leela
(Seattle, Washington)

Reader Question: My canine has allergies, what do I do?

I have 2 Lhasa Apso dogs, both boys and half brothers. They are just over 16 months old. One of them has some allergy problems. The vet recommended fish oil and Benadryl and I have been giving it to the dog, however I do not see any change.

Please advice.


Veterinarian Suggestion For Treating Dog With Mild Allergies

Hi Leela,

The combination of fish oil andBenadryl can be effective in treating dogs with mild allergies, but if it isn’t working, you need to talk to your veterinarian about what the next step might be. If you aren’t already bathing your dog weekly, that is a good place to start.

Pick a medicated shampoo and a leave-in conditioner that are formulated to help with allergies. Topical products like
or Duoxo Seborrhea Spot-On could also prove useful.

If these options don’t work for your dog, your veterinarian might need to prescribe a more powerful medication to treat your dog’s allergies. Prednisone and/or cyclosporine are commonly used for this purpose.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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Apr 02, 2014
by: Anonymous

Two of my six dogs and myself are highly allergic to fleas. We all get steroid injections and I give the dogs Benadryl and Fish Oil. The big dog gets horrible dry patches that turn into an infection. I bathe him in oatmeal. Is there anything else I can do. We also give them all the pill for fleas.

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