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my dog has redness around the eyes, and she scratches them

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my dog has redness around the eyes, and she scratches them and licks her paws. This seems to happen every year about this time. is it allergeries? and what can i give her?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 6 years ago.

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  • How much does she weigh?
  • Does she take any other medications or have other medical conditions?
  • How much benadryl did you give and did it help?
  • Is she losing hair or have oozing or bleeding areas?
  • Does she have any eye discharge?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.


Ivimectin (1.5cc) for red mange

25mg at 6am 25 6pm for the last 5 days

this mornig it looked better, this evening after work it looked worse

she has hair lose around the eyes, maybe 2 specs of blood after scratching around her eye where she scrtached hard. No pus discharge. Her eyes are watering a lot

no signs of infection. It started with licking of the paws, then chewing on the paws.

I'm in southern LA and its very hot. she seems to scratch more after going out in the heat and when the grass is wet

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 6 years ago.
Allergies are certainly the most likely cause but the mange is also causing this. It's probably a combination of both. Certainly allergies are the most likely possibility for itching if you have not seen fleas. Allergies can occur to anything in the environment (food, dust, pollen, grass, trees, cats, etc.). Unfortunately, these allergies can occur at any age and can be difficult to determine what they are allergic to without testing. In most cases medications are necessary to control the symptoms so that infection and hair loss does not occur. Here are some things to try:
  • Omega 3 fatty acids supplements- these are usually available as fish oil capsules in the pharmacy. One daily for life is very safe and can help the skin.
  • Antihistamines- Benadryl is a good starting point and very safe. It may make her sleepy and does not always work. Other antihistamines can be tried if the benadryl does not work. You can give the benadryl every 8 hours as needed.
  • Aloe and Oatmeal shampoos for relief of itchy skin. There are also prescription shampoos that can be very effective.
  • When her feet itch then consider washing them when she comes in from outside. This can remove pollen, dust, etc. that will cause the itching.
  • Allergy testing can be done to determine what exactly she is allergic to and then a series of shots can be given over a period of months to reduce the severity of her allergies. While a little more costly (you can check with your vet about the cost) in the long run it is safer than steroids and can be very effective.
  • Cyclosporine is a drug that has been proven to give some good relief for allergies and many times a dog can be taken off steroids all together. You can ask your vet about it.

The key is to remember that allergies are never cured, only controlled. Here are some links about allergies:


Customer: replied 6 years ago.

i have a optical gel made with Neo and Dex, would that be an option?


Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 6 years ago.
Dex is a steroid and I'm afraid that would worsen any demodex that is around the eyes so I wouldn't recommend it.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
one more Question, what other antihist, Clartin, what dose?
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 6 years ago.
The dosage range for a dog her size would be 2.5 to 5mg (it usually comes in 10mg tablets). Make sure it is just claritin and not combined with another medication.
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