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med advice for my dog
May 14, 2007
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my boston terrier has developed a rash on his face. does anyone know if there is any kind of human cream that is safe to put on it? also, can i use "off" on my dog?

May 14, 2007
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dogs can take benedryl...if he is small, only give him a child size dosage...that should alleviate the itch.

look into frontline plus for dogs...or some of the other flea and tick meds that you put on their neck.

http://www.petmeds.com is a great place to look.

most of these have mosquito protection as well.

I think off would not be good cuz your dog could lick it and get sick.

you may want to see a vet if the rash continues...but it may simply be an allergy to grass or something he touched.

May 14, 2007
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also, an oatmeal type bath (like aveeno) may help the itch and rash.

May 14, 2007
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the last time i took my dog for a walk, he rubbed his face all in the grass. i dont know if it was becuz he was itchy, or rubbing in the grass caused the itchiness. poor guy - his face is all red. his eye too.

May 14, 2007
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i use benydryl all the time for any dogs i have had. Its safe. If you dont see any difference, then go.

May 14, 2007
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my dog is about 25lbs. how much should I give him?

May 14, 2007
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oh ya, one more question - can dogs catch a cold? i always heard that dogs dont get colds like humans and if theyre coughing, its kennel cough. is that correct?

May 14, 2007
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puppies get kennel cough.

your dog could very well have allergies.

contact your local vet...they may be able to tell you over the phone...or look up online.

our dog used to have allergies to grass, so in the summer, he had sores all over from itching.

we used to bathe him in head and shoulders shampoo and in the summer he had to have cortisone shots from doctor to alleviate the worst of it.

May 14, 2007
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oh, if he is rubbing his face alot, he could have a sort of sinus infection.

my cat had an infection in her eye...and it was like a cold in the eye...and it was all goopy and stuff.

she was rubbing her head on everything

doc gave antibiotic and all was well

May 14, 2007
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Robbie2007,

Best advice is to take him to the vet.

There are many things that could cause a rash on your dog's face ranging from parasites (such as fleas or mange) or allergies or a bacterial infection or getting into chemicals (as in a chemical burn) or a whacked out immune system or any number of other things. It is impossible to say in this venue.

Benedryl would be effective if it is allergies... but if it is some of the other possibilities it won't do much except take some of the swelling down, if there is some.

I wouldn't put OFF on any of my pets. They could have a reaction to the chemicals in it. If mosquitoes and ticks are a problem use something like frontline, advantix or advantage. There are some spoton treatments that also protect against heartworms (such as Revolution) but you have to go to the vet to get them.

Dogs do catch viruses and bacteria that cause upper respiratory problems (so I guess you could call them colds). Kennel Cough is a common term for a number of infections where dogs cough, wheeze and sometimes have nasal and/or eye discharge. The most common causes are usually one or more of the following: bacterias called Bordatella or mycoplasma, and a virus called Parainfluenza but other viruses can also cause goopy noses, eyes, coughing etc. including diseases like distemper.

I hope your dog gets better

Sending healing thoughts to your dog and positive energy your way,
Chelonia

May 15, 2007
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I am a dog groomer not a vet, but here is what I would do..call and ask what the amount of benadryl is to give the dog. Give it to him, give him an oatmeal bath which is a shampoo you can buy even at walmart, but for dogs not humans, its cheap.

Make sure he doesn't have fleas and that's why he's doing this.

Do not give him any human food. Dogs have allergys just like people. If it gets to bad sometimes they will give them a shot and prescription, but I would try the other methods first.

Also alot of times what dogs are allergic to are the ingredients in the dog food like corn. There are lots of dog foods out there like nature's choice and california natural that are free of this stuff, and believe it or not, sometimes just switching dog foods can cure a problem....but...no people food.

Like I said I am not a vet, I do work with dogs though and see lots of allergy problems. And did work at the vet's office as a groomer.

Good luck.

May 15, 2007
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it seems like this happens to him every spring. 2 years in a row now the vets have taken skin scrapings and found no allergies. he doesnt have fleas but i found 3 ticks on him so far this spring.

as soon as the weather is good and i start bringing him for walks, this happens, so i dont think it is the food. its the same food ive been feeding him before this problem occurred.

i just started giving him some lipiderm for dogs and i have an anti-shed shampoo i plan to use tonight (thanks for reminding me).

i checked him out real good last night and his tummy and armpits were all red. dont laugh but i put some preperation H on him. i thought it might sooth the itch. lol

it is actually a little better today. i think its from the last walk i brought him on.

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