Bulldog Allergies-HELP

Help!!!  My 2year old bulldog, Chunk, is suffering from environmental allergies! He does great on steroids but as soon as the dosage is lowered they flare up again! It's red eyes and scratching around his eyes and face. My vet recommended a food trial but I saw no change! The last thing she recommended was  Atopica but it's sooooo expensive! With his weight, it would cost over $300 a month! I give him Benadryl on a regular basis but I need a solution! He's too young to be on a regular steroid but the look on his face from the discomfort he is experiencing is breaking my heart. I know Chunkie isn't the only bulldog with these issues so I hope to receive some guidance on where to go from here!! HELP!!!!

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

First of all, what food is he on?

We use grain free for our guys, Natural balance duck potato at the moment, and they are all doing great on it.  You also have to use grain free treats.  Many dogs are allergic to the grains and fillers in a lot of commercial dog foods.  Steroids are not good long term as you probably know.  Our vet gave us hydroxyzine for itching, he said it is better than benedryl for environmental allergies.  Also, what detergent are you using, rug shampoos, floor cleaners, bug sprays, etc.  Tide is the worst detergent for allergic dogs.  Our Oscar could walk into a room with something washed in Tide and breakout in hives.  You can also have him allergy tested, a few years ago when we did it, it was about $200, a lot cheaper than the meds your vet suggested.  Hope you find him some relief!

kibby5's picture

My bully used to have red itchy eyes too

We gave a Claritin a day... But don't do both Claritin and benedryl!

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sincerely, christine

What dosage of Claritin???

What dosage of Claritin???

Our vet put him on allergenic

Our vet put him on allergenic but we saw no change at all! I was going to start him on wellness fish and sweet potatoe instead. I use purex cleaner and basic vinegar and water to mop the floors. I think I'll look more into grain free and asking about the hydroxzine! Thanks for your help!

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

The hydroxyzine really works well...

Oliver just had a sneezing attack and I gave him one and within 10 minutes, he has stopped.  

kibby5's picture

1 pill per day

kibby was on average 40-45 lbs... 1 pill a day, but now I only give it to her as needed ( i went like 2 yrs straight on it) , i think is like 10 mg of loratidine.. do not give claritin d !! just the plain white pill.

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sincerely, christine