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Control and remedies for allergies

Here it is ...allergy season. Everyone is fine except the dog suffers. He's come into allergy problems late in life. He will be 9 this fall and he's only had problems starting last year.
He had the exact same problem last year and I feel so bad for him. He ended up getting a hot spot and we took him in to get pills and a steroid shot.
I don't want it to come to that again this year.
If anyone has any tips or suggestions on how to control his allergies that would be great. He is already on food that doesn't have corn, wheat or gluten. He is just VERY itchy all over but especially around the hip area and he is shedding constantly and EVERYWHERE!~ He is a boarder collie. I suspect it's ragweed..we live in the country and there is a field directly in our backyard.
I have oatmeal shampoo...how often should I bathe him?
I've given him childrens benadryl before but it seems not to work. I give the dosage out as per weight. So like 20mL because he is about 50-55lbs.
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Here is a link to the Dollar Tree Store, directly to the product.  Maybe you can order it directly from them online.  My wife and I clear their shelves when we need it.  I also found out that this is manufactured in upstate New York and is of the best quality you can buy in generic form.  The people at the dollar store usually look at my wife and I like we are up to no good, and when we explain that the meds are for our dogs, people usually laugh.  I saw the exact same brand at my local pharmacy for $10.99/box!  Here's the link:
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THANK YOU!!! Yes this is sooo helpful! I will def have to go out and get this Zyrtec or claratin. I didn't know you could give them these things, all I knew is that benadryl was safe and I gave him the children's kind so it wouldn't have alcohol in it. Pills are a pain but I'd rather give him pills now then deal with this itching. I feel so bad for him and I have a 10 month old who crawls all over and is covered in hair that's been shed.
I agree, the prednisone makes them pee sooo much. I remember him having to go out in the middle of the night when he's been on it before!
I think I will have to get regular Zyrtec though, I live in Canada and don't think I could find anything like that at a dollar store!!
Thanks again!
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My wife and I have two boxers and we went crazy with their allergies, treating the symptoms from puppy-hood.  Our male especially would be sooo itchy, and get hot spots and even his lips and jowls would swell, his ears would get red and itchy....  The poor thing would scratch till he bled.  We would load him up on benedryl, we didn't know what to do.  Our EX-vet was making a fortune on us until we decided to get a second opinion.  Our new, wonderful vet immediately prescribed our 100lb puppy a prednisone regimen. 10mg every day for the first five days and then every other day for the next five, in addition he gets a generic Zyrtec everyday.  Now he just gets a zyrtec every day, and if his allergies act up beyond the zyrtec's control, like this time of year ,he gets a prednisone per day for 3 or 4 days and then every other day for two or until things calm down.  Zyrtec can be expensive, but we actually found a generic brand at the dollar store! $1. for 14 pills, so we clear their shelves!  Our poor boy suffered until we found this new vet, every other night, we would do oatmeal baths, benedryl cream, benedryl pills, alcohol rubs, ice.. it was heartbreaking. We can totally relate.  Now with one zyrtec per day, he is a new pooch!  Our vet said either Zyrtec or Clariten, which ever one worked better, and was cost effective.  I sincerely hope this is helpful.  Good luck to you and poor itchy.  P.S. - We give the same zyrtec one pill dose to our female boxer, she is 65 lbs., and prednisone makes them have to pee more frequently initially, and we too live in the country. Good luck!
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