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My schnauzer holds s head up and sniff and blows s nose the

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Customer: ***** ***** my schnauzer holds his head up and sniff and blows his nose the first thing every morning
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Customer: he shakes his head and blows his nose several times in the morning
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Customer: His eyes are very runny and I have to wash them several times a day he is 6 years old
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Your schnauzer sounds just like me. I have to blow my nose several times in the morning and clean my eyes during the day too. These are symptoms of inhalant allergies in dogs and people. I take an antihistamine before bedtime which helps to keep the allergic inflammation down in my nose and conjunctivas of my eyes. I'd like to see how an antihistamine administered to your schnauzer affects him. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) dosed at 1-2 mg/lb (maximum dose of 50 mg at any one time) at bedtime should be helpful. You can also address his eyes with an over the counter ophthalmic antihistamine drop containing ketotifen. Please see here: It can be administered at a human dose. Avoid antihistamine drops that also contain a decongestant such as phenylephrine. The decongestants can dry out his eyes and encourage more mucus to be formed in the body's attempt to keep the eyes moist.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How long should I do the benadryl and zaditor? In the ingredients for diphenhydramine (Benadryl) it contains polyethylene glycol, is this okay? I just purchase the Benadryl this morning so I haven't had a chance to give it to him at night. I'll start that tonight and the Zaditor today. His eyes had a lot of discharge and he's still holding his head up sniffing. When should I see some improvements.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You should see a nice response within 48 hours if you're addressing allergies. Polyethylene glycol is safe for dog; not so in cats. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
You stated to avoid antihistamine that contains phenylephrine. I assume "any" human antihistamine with in the above dosage is okay. My schnauzer weighs about 20 lbs and I bought the 25 mg Benadryl.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Correct, avoid products that also contain decongestants such as phenylephrine. Benadryl is dosed at 1-2 mg/lb every 8-12 hours. Other antihistamines are dosed differently and so you'll need to let me know if you choose to dose him with anything other than the Benadryl. I would give him 25 mg of the Benadryl twice daily and expect him to become sedated as a side effect. If you see a positive change in his behavior, see if once daily administration suffices. Your goal is to find the lowest effective dose.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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