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    Default Allergy Season is kicking our butts!

    It has been so dry here this Summer and Fall now is not looking much better. I have been giving Loki benedryl a few times a day but I am looking to find out if there is something that is safe and effective for 12-24 hours. I already have to give him his Pheno 2 times a day which involves me shoving it in his throat (he is too smart and will eat whatever I wrap the pills in and spit the pills out) I hate to have to do it more often then I need too, I am worried that cramming pills in his mouth 4 times a day is going to make him hate taking his Pheno which he has to have. Allergy season here can last months last year they got so bad that he was put on predisone to help but I want to avoid that since his Pheno makes him so tired anyways. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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    My boxer is a real PILL (excuse the pun... LOL) when taking pills too... I buy those Greenies Pill Pockets, and I hold her head up & rub her neck until she swallows!!! Works every time... that damn dog could hold a pill for minutes before she would spit them out. I saw on another thread about giving dogs Zyrtec... not sure if that would work w/Loki's other meds, but I thought I would at least let you know!!! Good Luck

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    Thanks @ddnene I called our vet but she is in surgeries today so I figured I would come to the next best place ( in some cases the best place)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokismom View Post
    Thanks @ddnene I called our vet but she is in surgeries today so I figured I would come to the next best place ( in some cases the best place)
    Oh I agree w/that one... LOL I hope you can find something soon so Loki isn't so miserable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokismom View Post
    It has been so dry here this Summer and Fall now is not looking much better. I have been giving Loki benedryl a few times a day but I am looking to find out if there is something that is safe and effective for 12-24 hours. I already have to give him his Pheno 2 times a day which involves me shoving it in his throat (he is too smart and will eat whatever I wrap the pills in and spit the pills out) I hate to have to do it more often then I need too, I am worried that cramming pills in his mouth 4 times a day is going to make him hate taking his Pheno which he has to have. Allergy season here can last months last year they got so bad that he was put on predisone to help but I want to avoid that since his Pheno makes him so tired anyways. Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Sorry Nicole, Im new to the allergies discussions...when you say that Loki has them what does that look like? I think Ulysses is showing signs of it, sneezing alot and runny nose. Did your vet prescribe benedryl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    Oh I agree w/that one... LOL I hope you can find something soon so Loki isn't so miserable
    Last night was really bad he had a ton of phlegm which scares the hell out of us. We tried the lemon juice trick and it didn't help at all. It freaks me out because he coughs and coughs and coughs trying to get it up and he can't alone most of the time I have to shove my hand in there to make him gag then it comes out. Just another thing to add to the stresses of him being home alone all day. With how bad they are this year it seems to be constant phlegm all day long so sad for my baby. I can use a netty pot to get the crap out of me but he can't
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    Benedryl is over the counter 1mg per pound, the vet recommends benedryl for him never really asked about anything else until today. He has a lot of phlegm, sneezing, runny eyes all the classic human allergy symptoms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokismom View Post
    Last night was really bad he had a ton of phlegm which scares the hell out of us. We tried the lemon juice trick and it didn't help at all. It freaks me out because he coughs and coughs and coughs trying to get it up and he can't alone most of the time I have to shove my hand in there to make him gag then it comes out. Just another thing to add to the stresses of him being home alone all day. With how bad they are this year it seems to be constant phlegm all day long so sad for my baby. I can use a netty pot to get the crap out of me but he can't
    Has the vet seen him? I'm just wanting to know for sure if it's allergies... @HandsomeUlysses
    If your dog has clear discharge, watery red eyes & sneezing than it's likely allergies!!! You can get benadryl over the counter at any store...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    Has the vet seen him? I'm just wanting to know for sure if it's allergies... @HandsomeUlysses
    If your dog has clear discharge, watery red eyes & sneezing than it's likely allergies!!! You can get benadryl over the counter at any store...
    Yep she saw him yesterday and knew right away they were bad. I only gave him one pill since I wasn't sure if it would mess up his blood panels that were taken yesterday. She said that seasonal allergies for pets has been the worst she has seen this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    Has the vet seen him? I'm just wanting to know for sure if it's allergies... @HandsomeUlysses
    If your dog has clear discharge, watery red eyes & sneezing than it's likely allergies!!! You can get benadryl over the counter at any store...
    Thanks Tracey and Nicole. It was really cold here in toronto and then got really hot and humid all of a sudden. Ulysses kept on sneezing this morning, runny nose and extra slobber (for a lack of a better word). I will try benedryl and hope to not have too much difficulty feeding it to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeUlysses View Post
    Thanks Tracey and Nicole. It was really cold here in toronto and then got really hot and humid all of a sudden. Ulysses kept on sneezing this morning, runny nose and extra slobber (for a lack of a better word). I will try benedryl and hope to not have too much difficulty feeding it to him.
    Good luck Let us know if it helps any. Might not be a bad idea to bring him to the vet too just so they can have records on it as well
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    Default Re: Allergy Season is kicking our butts!

    Have you thought about giving him liquid Benedryl?... It might be easier to squirt into his mouth with a syringe than to give him pills... Also, maybe you could stir it around in some peanut butter or yogurt... then he can't separate it from the "yummy"... sneaky sneaky

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