If you have a dog that suffers from any type of allergy chances are you are going to be looking for an allergy medicine to help him or even prevent the symptoms. While there are several medications available over the counter it’s hard to say which one will work the best for your dog. First you are going to have to determine just what it is he is allergic to. Food? Outside environment? Indoor allergies?
If it is a skin problem he has and he is digging himself raw there are a few tried and true methods and products available. Topical antibiotic creams or sprays help to relieve the itching, but they only last a short while. The same is true for medicated powders you can sprinkle on. You can give an antihistamine such as Benadryl but be aware that this is going to cause some drowsiness, or it may have the opposite effect and make your dog a little hyperactive. The sedative effect is preferred so your dog may rest and get some much needed relief, but as long as the symptoms recede, you take what you can get! Claritin and Zyrtec are also used to control allergy symptoms in dogs and can be purchased over the counter. Talk to your vet first!
There are so many natural medications you could use that I will attempt to name a few that I have researched recently and can be ordered online. Vets Best Seasonal Allergy Treatment for Dogs is one I came across and seems to have a high rate of customer satisfaction, as well as Natural Veterinary Pharmaceuticals Allergies, Durmax Dog Allergies for Seasonal Allergies, Excel Allergy Relief for Dogs and many more! To learn more about these and any other allergy medications for dogs just do an online search using ‘allergy medications for dogs’ as your keywords. Read about the products, check out reviews and compare to other medications listed. Make sure you are getting a product that can actually treat the specific allergy symptom your dog is having. While I am no authority on any of these medications, I tried to pick the most promising from several I looked at.
Unfortunately, even the most popular medications may not work for your dog and you will have to take him in for a vet visit and checkup. If it is an ongoing problem you may have no option other than to put the dog on a regulated course of steroids for the shortest time possible. Your vet may suggest an injection of methylprednisolone which has a quick and positive action and can relieve symptoms in as little as one hour. The effectiveness of this medication can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months factoring in the dosage, the size and type of your dog, and the allergy reactions you are treating. He may also have suggestions of his own on the type of brand of medication ha has seen success with, but it will depend on how familiar he is with dog allergies. Remember-steroids should always be the last thing you consider because of some of the potential long term side effects but you have to do whatever it takes to give your dog relief.