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Can my dog be allergic to my cat I adopted him from a shelter

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Can my dog be allergic to my cat? I adopted him from a shelter and he didn't have any kind of problems, has UTD vet records and shots. Since he's been with me, his breathing has gotten raspy and he's got a runny nose. Ive cleaned my couches and i have tile downstairs that i sweep and mop regularly. His breathing and nose gets worse when the cat comes close to him.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.

Yes, dogs can have allergies to just about anything- including cat dander.

This sounds much more like an URI (upper respiratory infection) or kennel cough than anything else. Usually these will resolve in 1-2 weeks on their own with no specific therapy.

If it's been more than 2 weeks, then it is probably an allergy. If you want to try something over the counter, you can give Benadryl at 1-2 mg pet lb every 8-12 hours as needed. If that is not helping, then I would get allergy testing done to know for sure.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
He has 2 vet appts next week. If its kennel cough or URI, is there anything I can give him in the meantime to help him get a little more comfortable?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.
Just the Benadryl.

If it's more coughing, then you could give Robitussin DM- 1/2 teaspoon 2-3 times daily.
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