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Hello, my name is***** and I'd like to help. A few questions to better assess what is happening.
1. If you lift his lip, are his gums pink?
2. Any coughing or sneezing?
3. Are you giving any medications for the allergies?
I typically recommend 1 mg per pound of Benadryl every 12 hours. I want to make sure you gave an adequate dose of Benadryl.
If the gums are pale pink or white, that is concerning that he is not oxygenating well. That, combined with your concern for how he is breathing warrents a visit to your local ER vet. If he is having trouble breathing, there isn't anything I can have you do at home until a veterinarian does a hands on physical exam and listens to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope.
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I'd restart the prednisone now and then discuss better long term allergy options with your vet (like Apoquel or anti-histamines like hydroxyzine). I too do not like prednisone at high doses long term, but we need your pet breathing! If you do not feel your vet is fixing the problem, ask your friends who they are using and try someone new. You may get better results faster.