Best Allergy Medicines for Dogs Reviewed & Rated for Quality
Criteria Used for Evaluation
This refers to how fast the medicine is to act when ingested by your pet. Now, fast-acting is a very different concept now than it was a few years ago, because like with many things, medicine has sped up exponentially. And that includes how fast medicine is to actually start doing what it’s supposed to do.
The longest any modern medicine tends to take to, well, take effect, is a few minutes, an hour at most. Meanwhile, “fast-acting” medications usually take a minute after being ingested, if even that. But when it comes to sensitivity medication, most people, and we imagine most pets, want the effects to start right as soon as they take in the medicine. So if that’s what you’re looking for in your pet sensitivity medicine, then look for the bottles that say “fast-acting.”
For our final criteria, we have the price of the remedy. Now remedy price is a funny thing, especially with big pharma being as, well, let’s call it “temperamental” as it is. Though, if you read between the lines, there is a method to the pricing madness. Usually, the main thing that will affect the cost of a pill bottle is the quantity of the pills themselves. That’s why, despite how excellent the final entry was, it cost so little. It had so few pills inside compared to the other entries on this list. It had 35, while even the previous entry had 100. Like with any list we judge, we looked at how well each entry justified the price they asked you for. And if the price was reasonably low, all the better
Allergies are varied little buggers, and they can affect a lot of different areas in a pet. From itchy skin to a runny snout, to watery eyes, reactions can just flat out play havoc with a pet's body if you let it. Which is why we’re not going to let it, so we judged each entry by how varied their effects were.
How many of the various problems that can be caused in a pet’s body as a result of a severe allergic reaction did the medicine actually manage to affect? We got a different answer for almost every single entry we screened, including the ones we approved, which only made things more difficult.
Ease of Use
Whether you’re a human or a pet that’s being treated, when you start looking for treatment for your allergic reaction, you typically have one of two options: you can either have normal pills that you need to feed in some capacity to your pet, or you can have gel capsules, where the pill itself is not the focus, but the gel/liquid contained within.
As you can imagine, the latter is a lot harder to convince your pet to eat than the former. Because a normal pill can be disguised as a treat, especially the soft chew variety. Meanwhile, a gel pill is significantly harder to convince a pet to eat since it doesn’t look like food, and thus puppy won’t want to take a bite. However, there are different ways you can go about disguising pill in plain sight to make the pet take its medicine, but that’s for later.
But as long as your pet is taking in this pill, it may as well do a few other things for it. Such as helping improve your pet’s coat and skin health, help balance out their intestinal health, and a lot of other things that different entries on this list went over and covered. For this list, since these aren’t necessarily vital to the function of the remedy, we didn’t judge this too harshly. All we looked for was whether or not adding in these new features actively detracted from the remedy’s primary function or not. If it didn’t then there was no problem.
Best Allergy Medicines for Dogs
1. PetVitalityPRO Probiotics
Kicking off our list, we have PetVitalityPRO Probiotics at #1. Like most of the entries on this list, this one is a box of chewable vitamins that then dispense the remedy into their system. And in our opinion, as you can see, no one does it better than PetVitalityPRO.
Complete health and immune system booster
Taking this into your system means your puppy is going to take in some of the best high potency probiotics and prebiotics formulas ever conceived. This formula has been meticulously formulated by professional veterinarians to be as effective as possible.
Boost immune system
This remedy doesn’t just help with allergies, it does quite a few other things while it’s in there. For instance, the remedy provides natural digestive enzymes, meaning that absorption of vital nutrients is increased exponentially. The continuous application also decreases the effects of future allergic reactions as long as your pet has this remedy in their system.
Cost and Value
Since you have to go to a special drug store to get your hands on these chews, then you have to pay just a bit more than you’d usually pay for remedy like this, but luckily, this is on the cheaper end of that spectrum.
2. Zesty Paws
Coming in second place, we have the Zesty paws sensitivity immune bites. Zesty paws have been around for quite some time, making remedy and sensitivity medication for pets that whole time. And this, in our humble opinion, is one of their absolute best products. Now let’s find out why that is.
These bites have a bit extra nutritional kick to them, and a lot of that comes from what’s been mixed into this formula: Epicor. Epicor is basically a vitamin that enhances the effects of this probiotic via providing proteins, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants into the formula. All of which are veterinarian certified to support the canine body’s natural defenses against allergens and diseases.
The formula for these chewable bites contains Colostrum. Colostrum is a pre-milk liquid substance that, when applied to the anti-sensitivity formula, supports natural anti-sensitivity systems, the immune function, and digestion. This effect is then enhanced with supplementary materials that boost this effect further, such as organic licorice extract and apple cider vinegar.
Cost and Value
You’ll typically find this sensitivity remedy going for a bit more than the previous entry, but not by that much, all things considered, so if you need some really excellent sensitivity remedy, this is the one for you.
3. Deley Naturals
Finishing up our top 3 segment, we have Deley Naturals Grain-Free Probiotic. Deley Naturals aren’t quite as well known as the previous two entries, which is a shame because they’re just as good when it comes to sensitivity medication. But don’t take our word for it, let’s look at the specifics of this company’s work.
Improves gut health
Most health problems start in the stomach, including a lot of reactions. Which is why a lot of over the counter sensitivity remedy are edibles, so that they can get to work fast. And this medication takes advantage of that, improving gut health problems that it finds while it’s down there. These range from bloating, to constipation, to irritable bowels.
Restores digestive health
The biggest benefit it provides your pet’s gut health, though, is the digestive health of the beloved pet. And if your pet’s digestive health has been suffering (there is no drawback if the pet’s digestive health is fine) then this probiotic will improve digestion incredibly, ensure viability by providing some extra micro-organisms into the system, and restore intestinal balance.
Cost and Value
Once more, this probiotic cost a good bit more than the previous two entries, but again, not by a very wide margin, especially if you genuinely do need some sensitivity remedy for your puppy.
4. Pure Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
Coming in at #4, we have Pure Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil. You may be raising your eyebrow at this, after all, salmon oil doesn’t exactly shout “brilliant sensitivity medication,” but we assure you, upon closer examination, this probiotic gel capsule can do a lot for you.
Your puppy is not accepting the strange gel capsule you keep trying to shove in their faces while wrapped in meat? No problem, as the main advantage of this being a gel capsule is that it leaves you with options. If the pet doesn't eat the capsule itself, then you can just poke a hole in the capsule and squirt out the contents all over the pet’s food. The effect will basically be the same.
Human grade fish oil
Most canine reactions affect the skin, causing itching and rashes. As such, if you’re going to apply the remedy to your puppy for their sensitivity, you need to do so with the skin in mind. And if there is one thing fish oil is known for, it’s improving your pet’s skin health. Giving them this human-grade fish oil will improve most skin issues and even arthritis if your pet is an older sort.
Cost and Value
Thankfully we’re not going to go further and further up in price as we go along, as this sensitivity remedy is a lot cheaper than even the first entry. You’ll usually find it costing up to five dollars cheaper than the first entry and ten dollars cheaper than the second.
5. K9 Nature Supplements
And thus, we’re brought to the center of the list, our #5 spot, the K9 Nature Supplements All Clear Herbal Anti Itch Treats. We’ve seen a lot of antibiotics that also help to remove reactions, but this is the first remedy on this list that is meant to combat allergic reactions and only allergic reactions. Let’s find out how well it pulls this off.
Very easy to use
This remedy resembles soft delicious treats, so getting your pet actually to eat them is way easier than with other supplements we’ve seen so far. And because they’re so soft and break apart so easily, if your pet isn’t feeling like a treat right then for some reason, you can crush them down and sprinkle them all over your pet’s food, so that they can eat it when they get hungry and still get their remedy.
Natural herbal ingredients
There are plenty of artificial remedies made by veterinarians that help your pet in so many ways, but a lot of pet sensitivity medication only contains steroids and other artificial ingredients that can end up suppressing your pet’s immune system. But this doesn’t go either of those routes, instead of using natural herbal ingredients to achieve the same effect.
Cost and Value
Because of the higher chew count of this container compared to the previous entry, this sensitivity remedy can often cost up to ten dollars or higher than the previous entry. But you are definitely getting what you’re paying for, so it all evens out.
6. Vet’s Best Seasonal
The #6 spot, we have Vet’s Best Seasonal Sensitivity Relief Chews. Once again, we stay in the more specialized territory, with a chew supplement that is specifically targeted toward handling allergic reactions in your dog. And in our opinion, few do that better than Vets Best.
Relief for itchy skin
This isn’t just for itchy skin caused by reactions, though, it’s for any kind of itchiness. For example, a lot of dogs get super itchy during cold or warm seasons like summer or winter, or even in fall when the weather is particularly chaotic in going up and down at random intervals. These chews are great for helping your beloved pup get through that transition period with their skin.
Once more, there is nothing wrong with remedies or vaccinations, it’s just that sometimes they’re more overkill than anything else. You don’t need them for every little problem that your dog faces, they’re meant for much bigger problems. These chews contain herbal remedies that will help smaller allergic reactions.
Cost and Value
The best part about this item is its price, which is likely the cheapest entry on this entire list. So, if you’re on a tight budget, but want to help your dog work through sensitivity season with their skin intact, then this is the remedy you need to seek out.
7. NaturVet Aller-911
Coming in at #7, we have the NaturVet Aller-911 Sensitivity Aid Soft Chews. Quite the mouthful, isn’t it? Well, despite the word salad name, this is actually a very high-quality sensitivity medication soft chew for your dog. So, what makes it so great for your canine companion? Well, let’s find out.
Helps the skin and coat
There are a lot of bodily functions that play into your pup developing a healthy skin and coat, and if any of those systems falter, then the greater whole starts lagging behind. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that when using this medication, as it aids in the production and reproduction of healthy skin cells and reduces the need for your pup to itch and scratch their skin.
But just because it’s meant for sensitivity relief doesn’t mean that it can’t be rich in other materials as well. And this one certainly is, containing a rich number of Omegas, EPA, and DHA to help your dog maintain proper skin and a healthy coat. And you don’t need to worry about your dog not eating it, as this wheat-free, delicious soft chew resembles normal dog treats, so your pup will jump for joy at the sight of their remedy.
Cost and Value
Once again, we have one of the cheapest entries on this entire list, usually around an equal price range as the previous entry. So, if you need a good, affordable sensitivity chew for your dog’s itchy skin, this is what you’ve been looking for.
Kicking off our final 3 entries, we have the ProSense Itch and Sensitivity Solution for Pets. Not all reactions affect the skin, and while this medication does help treat skin reactions, pets have plenty of other issues as well that can be caused by reactions, and thus addressed by this remedy.
Soothes the eyes
The biggest area that gets overlooked by far when it comes to pets and their reactions are the eyes. Allergies of the eyes are one of the most prevalent for pretty much everyone who has allergies, since the eyes are so sensitive to physical stimuli, yet are constantly exposed to it. Which is why this remedy specifically treats eye reactions in pets.
Helps reduce itching
Giving your dog this remedy will just help reduce all kinds of itching in general, not just with the eyes. It helps protect your skin and keep it from itching, though only against minor reactions, it helps reduce the itching and swelling in your eyes, and so much more.
Cost and Value
Do you know how we said that the #6 spot was the cheapest entry on this list? Well, we did put a “likely” at the front of that, didn’t we? Yes, since we’re talking about single bottle versions of these remedies, then this is the true cheapest entry on this list, giving you sensitivity medication that you definitely need for your dog when sensitivity season kicks in for a reasonable price.
For our second to the final entry, we have ThePetShop’s Pet sensitivity Relief. This is a bit of an obscure product, and the main problem is that there aren’t really that many tablets being offered, but nonetheless we still find this to be an excellent pet sensitivity relief pill.
Works for both humans and animals
When you get down to a molecular level, humans, and pets are all affected by the same things, generally speaking. So, with that in mind, certain sensitivity remedies do tend to work on both humans and animals. And those certain remedies were put into this one, making it usable by both humans and the pets thereof.
Controls all sensitivity types
If it’s a symptom of allergies, this remedy has got it covered. Whether it’s sneezing, itching, watery eyes, an itchy throat, or a runny nose, this sensitivity pill is easily one of the most versatile on this list. And while the broad nature of its effects can be a problem if you really need help with only one problem, if your pet has a multitude of symptoms, then this is precisely what you’ve been looking for.
Cost and Value
And once again, we stay nice and stationed on the cheap end of the spectrum, this bottle being several dozen dollars cheaper than the other entries on this list, and just shy of reaching the cheapest entry prize from its immediate predecessor.
10. 8 in 1 Excel
For our final entry, we’re looking at the 8 in 1 Excel sensitivity Relief. Excel is a more moderately well-known brand than the previous two, which is good since that makes it the perfect entry to go out on. So, what got this sensitivity relief medication on the list? Well, let’s take a look and find out.
When you give your pet sensitivity relief remedy, your pet probably wants that remedy to take effect immediately, kind of like how everyone else expects the remedy to activate immediately. Understandable, especially for allergies, since they tend to be a tad bit annoying for those going through them. Fortunately, your precious pup won’t have to deal with their allergies for very long when using these sensitivity pills, as it is one of the fastest acting on this list.
Ideal for insect bites
But not all allergies are caused by pollen or different seasons, a lot of them, at least for pets, are caused by insect bites. Whether it’s fleas, ticks, or mosquitoes, insect bite allergies are far more common for pets than they are for humans. Which is why Excel is specially made to be fiercely vicious against bug bite allergies.
Cost and Value
While not quite as cheap as the previous three entries, this is still a very affordable sensitivity medication. Though that likely has to do with the fact that this has one of the smallest pill quantities on this list.