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dog: sounds like he is trying to blow his nose..have allergies

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My dog sounds like he is trying to blow his nose. Can dogs have allergies?
Sorry to hear about Jack.
Yes! Very much so. Environmental (atopy) allergies and food allergies are exceedingly common in dogs and cats.
It can result in upper respiratory problems (nose, eyes), skin problems, recurrent ear infections, recurrent skin infections, etc..
I probably treat a case or two related to allergies every single day.

For Jack, this could also represent a upper respiratory infection (also extremely common). Frequently, this is not a viral problem, but a bacterial infection, so antibiotics really may be necessary.

With allergies, a few pets can benefit from antihistamines.

Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1mg per pound of body weight. Keep in mind, Benadryl tablets and liquids come in different sizes. So, an approximately 25 pound dog can get a full 25mg tablet or a half of a 50mg tablet. I usually avoid the liquid Benadryl in larger dogs (you would have to give too much of it). You can give Benadryl every 8-12 hours.

Definitely, sounds like Jack should be evaluated.
Hope that info helps.
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Dr. Andy


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