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The use of antihistamines is common for controlling many types of allergies among humans. Antihistamines become effective by limiting the secretion of histamines that are naturally produced in the body every time an external entity enters the body's cavities. This is the major reason why many allergic reactions have similar-looking symptoms like wheezing, bouts of violent sneezing and inflamed skin reactions. It has been found that prescribing antihistamines for dogs is an equally effective way of controlling allergic reactions among the canine population. However, unlike the antihistamines used by us, canine antihistamines take a bit more time to yield results and further, the appropriate dosage is often confirmed through a slightly troublesome process of experimenting with various permutations to work-out the best possible combination of anti-allergic medications.

Causes for allergies among dogs can be strikingly similar to the factors that induce allergic reactions among humans. The most common example in this regard is that of pollens and some common, chemical compounds that are found in most households. However, most dogs have reasonably sound immune systems and they don't develop these allergies very quickly. It usually takes a substantial period of sustained exposure to the contaminant for the allergic reaction to be initiated. Though there are no set benchmarks for the prevalence of canine allergies, it has been noticed that younger dogs and the pedigreed breeds are slightly more vulnerable to environmental allergies. Dogs that have been inbred too can be highly allergic to common pollutants like dust or smoke.

Antihistamines for dogs are seldom administered immediately. Usually, the vet allows a few days to pass and observe if the dog can fight-off the allergy using its own, inherent immunity and the use of some basic meds or supplements. However, if this does not happen, use of anti-allergic medications is validated. Some common canine allergies that often induce severe allergic reactions include food-based allergies. These allergies are very hard-to-diagnose since the troubling allergen is difficult to differentiate from the non-problematic foods.

Further, most of the allergies are initially interpreted as a case of seasonal flu or some other, occasional symptom, delaying the timely administration of medications. Though it is difficult to point which breeds are more vulnerable to allergies, terriers tend to have an allergic skin that often reacts to extremely humid conditions. Further, some of the more sturdy-looking breeds like bull-dogs and dalmatians too can be surprisingly allergic if the environmental conditions are very different from the environment in which they spent their initial, developmental years. Pugs too are known to be allergic, particularly those that are raised in hot and wet conditions.

Understanding Categorization of Antihistamines for Dogs

Various medications are being sold as anti-allergy meds for dogs. However, all of them can be grouped under three, basic types. These are:

Diphenhydramine-the most common type of canine anti-allergic medication. It is usually referred to as Benadryl.
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