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What to give a dog with severe allergies .. i'm on a very

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What to give a dog with severe allergies .. i'm on a very tight budget and I cannot afford to take her back to the vet . The shot he gave her did not help
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now if her vet's has seen her recently for these allergies and treatment failed, it is possible to ring them to request they dispense an alternative allergy treatment (ie Atopica, Apoquel, further steroids at a higher dose) before having to take her back in. So, that would be an option.

Otherwise, you could at least try an OTC option like antihistamines. This can be used on its own or you could use it along with an OTC hydrocortisone cream/spray if there are any areas that are particularly irritating for her. In regard to antihistamines, our most common option that is well tolerated is Benadryl/Diphenhydramine (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/diphenhydramine-benadryl). A low dose (ie. 0.5-2 mg per pound of their body weight every 8 hours) can just be enough to reduce that allergic irritation. We like to keep the dose low, as it can cause drowsiness (just like people). Of course, this medication shouldn't be used if your wee one has any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medication without speaking to your vet first.

Finally, if she cannot settle with home treatment alone, I'd note that you can seek our your local VCA or Banfield veterinary hospital and consider taking advantage of their free first consult offers. You can find vouchers for this via VCA: (http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer) & Banfield : (http://www.banfield.com/landing-pages/coupon). Otherwise, you could consider checking out the Humane Society's database (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html) or ASPCA’s database (https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/financial-help-my-vet-bills). Both have a lot of branches nationwide, along with ties to other assistance organizations that can keep down costs and surely will be willing to help if we need further testing or prescription drugs to ease her signs.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Hello again,

How is everything with your wee one?

Dr. B.