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Old 05-18-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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Default Hydroxyzine HCL and fish oil

Beesley's scratching issue was non-existant for nearly a month after a successful visit to a new vet. Unfortunately, the steroid shot he was given has worn off and the itchies are back

I called the vet this morning and he's going to write a script for Hydroxyzine HCL that he said I can get filled at any human pharmacy (Is that right?) and suggested I also give him fish oil capsules--a half human dose every day.

Anyone have experience with these two pills?
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: California
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Dylan gets a fish oil pill everyday with his food. Goldens have a tendency for dry skin....this helps and keeps his coat nice too.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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The main purpose of Hydroxyzine HCL is to treat mood disorders, though it's a classified antihistamine which is probably why they are prescribing it for him. It's effective against hives, itching, and rashes and can be used as a mild sedative or tranquilizer for anxious dogs.

As far as fish oil goes, I prefer the liquid version, not pills. You have to research the pills to make sure they don't contain mercury. It took me quite some time to find an oil that does not contain harmful mercury and other things. And, it's not liked in my house so we don't even use it. You can have my bottle of fish oil when you come. It's just not liked in this house and I don't want such a huge bottle to go to waste. I can't really ship it, since it's open and liquid and pretty messy if it spills.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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Here's some info on it from 1800PetMeds ...

Hydroxyzine HCL: Pet Allergy Treatment For Dogs - 1800PetMeds
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: California
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Dylan gets gel caps...human grade...and he appreciates the "no fish burps"! ( And so do I!)
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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I already read up on the products, but I was wondering if anyone had any personal experience.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:02 PM
 
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You know what - after spending $600 on steroids and veterinary antihistamines, I decided to max out my dog on the maximum dose of benedryl as I did not want to keep her on steroids for long term, and everything else has faieled, and it has worked wonders for her.

Before I went to see the vet I was giving her 1mg/lb once a day with no results, the vet put her hydroxazine and an antibiotic [that was just for the pyoderma that developed] and a steroid but the itching never really subsided.

She was loosing her hair and I was pulling mine out so I took another look at benedryl and the recommended dog dose is actually 1-2mg every 8 hours. Now she is getting 75 mg [50lb dog] twice a day and the issue is resolved completely [allergic itching]. Benedryl is cheap with few health effects. She also gets natures bounty double strenght fish oil. That is expensive but a lot cheaper than the vet and quality of life is much improved and hair has all regrown.

Now to order the flea nematodes for my yard because it only takes ONE flea bite to set her off. Well, maybe one--- we don't find fleas on her any my other dog does not itch.
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