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Old 10-15-2016, 02:10 AM
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Living with an allergic dog

Brody has environmental allergies, he has been to two vets now and they both diagnosed the same thing. He has developed red bumps and tiny hairless spots primarily on his belly, genital area, and underarms. The bumps and spots don't seem to bother him at all, and he doesn't scratch or lick obsessively, but they are very unsightly.

Does anyone have any advice for living with a dog with environmental allergies? They don't seem to be bothering him, so should I worry about it? Are there any special supplements I can give him, or shampoos or creams or something to reduce the weird red bumps?
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I forgot to include: he does get 50mg of Benadryl twice a day currently to combat the issue, but it doesn't seem to be doing much for the unsightly bumps. Would a supplement like fish oil help with the skin issues?
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Are there any special supplements I can give him, or shampoos or creams or something to reduce the weird red bumps?
What did your two vets say?
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I have HEPA air filters and wash his sheets and toys with an organic/all natural detergent; in hot water every week. (Be sure put it on the 'extra rinse' cycle.) I vacuum everyday and have the Roomba's running 24/7 too.

I noticed his "acne" and rashes all disappeared after the first week. I've been doing this religiously because I hate seeing my baby with red eyes, bumps, sneezing and coughing. (I don't bother with the antihistamines.)

I also have him on an all organic chicken and veggie diet. He's always been on this diet so, I can't say it's a reason for his issues clearing up but, my friend started it with her pets and they no longer have rashes.

Hope you find a solution.
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What did your two vets say?
Both vets prescribed Benadryl, the dose was just increased after the second vet visit.

The second vet did briefly suggest fish oil, but unfortunately I didn't get more information before the visit was over. I've been doing some research and I'll call the office on Monday to clarify how much, etc, but I was wondering if anyone else has tried fish oil to any success with this sort of thing. I don't take it myself, so I don't know much about the benefits/drawbacks of it.
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I have HEPA air filters and wash his sheets and toys with an organic/all natural detergent; in hot water every week. (Be sure put it on the 'extra rinse' cycle.) I vacuum everyday and have the Roomba's running 24/7 too.

I noticed his "acne" and rashes all disappeared after the first week. I've been doing this religiously because I hate seeing my baby with red eyes, bumps, sneezing and coughing. (I don't bother with the antihistamines.)

I also have him on an all organic chicken and veggie diet. He's always been on this diet so, I can't say it's a reason for his issues clearing up but, my friend started it with her pets and they no longer have rashes.

Hope you find a solution.
That sounds like an awful lot of work, but I'll give it a shot and see if it helps. Our place is all tile but I'll run the Roomba and wash the bedding more frequently to see if it helps him.
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I agree on the HEPA's. I have 4 in my home and the difference is phenomenal.
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I agree on the HEPA's. I have 4 in my home and the difference is phenomenal.
I'll have to look into one. The area we're in now is much dustier than our old place, maybe that's what's setting off his allergies so badly.
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Update: Tried the fish oil. Gave him an awful reaction and he's been licking himself nonstop until he bleeds. ):

The vet told me to take him off it right away and observe to see if he gets better, but didn't give any suggestions for an alternative.

Hopefully his allergies are just seasonal and go away when the winter hits. I feel so bad for him but the fish oil supplement just made the whole thing worse. ):
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My Newfoundland Megan has been suffering from a red rash on her belly and under her armpits since she was six months old, I have tried loads of creams etc, antihistamines and nothing has helped,

I have found with Megan it's a food allergy, all dog treats and dog food, so she has a raw meat diet and only 100% natural treats, actually the only treats that are okay are rawhide chews,

It's really worth looking at his diet,

I didn't really believe it was her food until I changed her diet, she now only gets spots if someone gives her a treat without me knowing.
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