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    Default Red eyes .... Allergies and how to handle?

    Maximus has redness around his eyes - he is on Temeril-P but I'm wondering if perhaps he needs something else (like Benedryl) or another antihistimine to help with the redness. Can anyone make any recommendations ? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Red eyes .... Allergies and how to handle?

    Hi, I just have to say Maximus is so cute, he's a very handsome bully.

    First I have a few questions, does Max have redness of the eye itself, ( like the whites of his eyes), or is it redness around the eyes ( like tear stains) ? Does he have any goop or discharge from his eyes? Redness and clear goop or a little yellowish can be caused by irritation of the eyes due to allergies and red eyes with a green discharge could be a sign of an infection of the eye like pink eye or other bacterial infection. An infection would require a diagnosis from the vet to determine what type of infection, and he would prescribe medication and or eye drops for this. If the red eyes are caused from allergies, then Benadryl can help alleviate symptoms, and you could also use over the counter eye drop from the Pharmacy ( you can use the same eye drops that you would use for yourself), buy eye drops that are for allergy symptoms, or even a saline based eye drop. If the redness is caused by tear stains, this can be caused by systemic reasons, such as allergies to food. Which brand of food are you currently feeding Max? Many bullies are allergic or sensitive to chicken and grains. It can also sometimes be caused by the drinking water, and can be remedied by using filtered water, or distilled water.

    Having said all that there are some natural additives or supplements that you can give Max that will help with allergy systems and tear stains. I add 2 Tbsp's of p,ain yogurt to my guys morning kibble everyday. Yogurt is an excellent source of Probiotics which aid in digestion, and kill bad bacteria and parasites in the body, which helps to boost the immune system. (Allergies are caused by a abnormal reaction of the immune system)

    I add 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water everyday. There are many health benefits of ACV. It is a natural anti inflammatory and ( 99% of all diseases including Arthritis, are caused by inflammation in the body), ACV kills the bad bacteria in the body, it is a natural anti fungal, and anti bacterial agent, so again will boost the immune system, and it also balances the Ph levels of the blood.

    I also add 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil to their evening kibble, this is a good source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are great for the skin, coat, bones, joints and the brain. I buy my Coconut Oil from Costco, it comes in a big container, and is the consistency of lard.
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    Default Re: Red eyes .... Allergies and how to handle?

    Maximus is on FROMM Pork & Peas. He also gets regular eye drops (Genteal) and takes a Probiotic daily. The redness is not in the eye itself, it is around the eye on the skin.

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    @ddnene once posted that zyrtec helps with eye allergies. Hoping she knows the correct dosage (i can't remember).


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    Hi, my female Blossom also suffers from allergies to chicken, salmon, corn and grains. We were feeding Fromm's Beef Fritatta for the past 2 years, recently she started showing some allergy symptoms again such as licking her paws, so we switched to Fromm's Lamb and Lentil. They've been on this food for about 6 weeks and are doing well on it so far. I tried Fromm's Pork and Peas, but she did not tolerate that flavour either. I'm not sure if the Pork and Peas has grains in it or not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vikinggirl View Post
    Hi, I just have to say Maximus is so cute, he's a very handsome bully.

    First I have a few questions, does Max have redness of the eye itself, ( like the whites of his eyes), or is it redness around the eyes ( like tear stains) ? Does he have any goop or discharge from his eyes? Redness and clear goop or a little yellowish can be caused by irritation of the eyes due to allergies and red eyes with a green discharge could be a sign of an infection of the eye like pink eye or other bacterial infection. An infection would require a diagnosis from the vet to determine what type of infection, and he would prescribe medication and or eye drops for this. If the red eyes are caused from allergies, then Benadryl can help alleviate symptoms, and you could also use over the counter eye drop from the Pharmacy ( you can use the same eye drops that you would use for yourself), buy eye drops that are for allergy symptoms, or even a saline based eye drop. If the redness is caused by tear stains, this can be caused by systemic reasons, such as allergies to food. Which brand of food are you currently feeding Max? Many bullies are allergic or sensitive to chicken and grains. It can also sometimes be caused by the drinking water, and can be remedied by using filtered water, or distilled water.

    Having said all that there are some natural additives or supplements that you can give Max that will help with allergy systems and tear stains. I add 2 Tbsp's of p,ain yogurt to my guys morning kibble everyday. Yogurt is an excellent source of Probiotics which aid in digestion, and kill bad bacteria and parasites in the body, which helps to boost the immune system. (Allergies are caused by a abnormal reaction of the immune system)

    I add 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water everyday. There are many health benefits of ACV. It is a natural anti inflammatory and ( 99% of all diseases including Arthritis, are caused by inflammation in the body), ACV kills the bad bacteria in the body, it is a natural anti fungal, and anti bacterial agent, so again will boost the immune system, and it also balances the Ph levels of the blood.

    I also add 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil to their evening kibble, this is a good source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are great for the skin, coat, bones, joints and the brain. I buy my Coconut Oil from Costco, it comes in a big container, and is the consistency of lard.
    1 zyrtec a day helps Lola's eyes. Zyrtec and Claritin are both safe for dogs but Zyrtec has shown better results. The dosage is one pill a day for a bulldog. Give it everyday, regardless of symptoms as it needs to build up in the bloodstream to work efficiently. Costco has generic zyrtec and claritin both at the cost of about $18 for 365 pills. Good luck and keep us posted!

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    Default Re: Red eyes .... Allergies and how to handle?

    Pork n' Peas is grain free. But I know with Blue, he couldn't tolerate it at all. His itchy skin and paw licking was at it's worst on this formula.

    But if the only sign is redness around the eyes, I think it may be environmental.


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    @agentbunny Zyrtec didn't help Blue at all, if anything it made him hyper. But I'm not positive of that.
    Claritin on the other hand helps a little with the itching, but we use it mostly when he gets hives. It stops the spread, and they're usually gone within 24 hours. It's saved us numerous trips to the vets office for a cortisone shot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberrys Mom View Post
    @ddnene once posted that zyrtec helps with eye allergies. Hoping she knows the correct dosage (i can't remember).
    Yes I gave Winton Zyrtec, he was just a year old and I gave him 1 tablet and I think it was 25mg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberrys Mom View Post
    @agentbunny Zyrtec didn't help Blue at all, if anything it made him hyper. But I'm not positive of that.
    Claritin on the other hand helps a little with the itching, but we use it mostly when he gets hives. It stops the spread, and they're usually gone within 24 hours. It's saved us numerous trips to the vets office for a cortisone shot.
    Thats awesome! Its good to know the claritin works for some dogs as well. It did not work for Lola and the vet said that that most cases responded to Zyrtec over Caritin. I think its great to have options and the OP can try both to see which works better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentbunny View Post
    Thats awesome! Its good to know the claritin works for some dogs as well. It did not work for Lola and the vet said that that most cases responded to Zyrtec over Caritin. I think its great to have options and the OP can try both to see which works better!
    It's so funny you mentioned your vet said Zyrtec over Claritin. @ddnene vet said zyrtec works best for eye allergies, my vet said benadryl, Blue's dermatologist wouldn't recommend any, she said "trial and error".

    I think it depends on the Vet and their own experiences.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberrys Mom View Post
    It's so funny you mentioned your vet said Zyrtec over Claritin. @ddnene vet said zyrtec works best for eye allergies, my vet said benadryl, Blue's dermatologist wouldn't recommend any, she said "trial and error".

    I think it depends on the Vet and their own experiences.
    I think the vet that said "trial and error" has the best response. LOL

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