Question: Can Dogs Take Claritin For Allergies?

Question: Can Dogs Take Claritin For Allergies?

Yes and no.

Before you give any medication — whether an over-the-counter or prescription drug — to your dog (or cat), you need to discuss it with your veterinarian first.

For example, your veterinarian may recommend giving your dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin (loratadine) for allergies.

Which antihistamine is best for dog allergy?

Other OTC antihistamines may also be effective for allergic reactions in pets, but Benadryl, Zyrtec and Claritin are most commonly recommended. Be warned: Some pets will feel the sedating effects more than others, especially those who are also taking mood-altering drugs, certain pain relievers and seizure medications.

What allergy medicine can I give my dog?

Common antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) relieve allergy symptoms and allergic reactions. These medications are usually safe for dogs, but they can cause drowsiness or hyperactivity.

Can dogs take Zyrtec or Claritin?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine approved for use in humans to treat allergy symptoms. Except in older dogs whose kidney function I carefully screen before embarking on a course, Zyrtec has proved incredibly safe and moderately effective.

How much Zyrtec can a dog take?

It is approximately half the cost of Zyrtec per pill, but requires dosing twice daily instead of once. The average dog would get 1/4mg per pound; for example, a 16lb dog would get a single 4 mg tablet twice daily. This is one of the few prescription-only antihistamines used in veterinary medicine.

Which allergy medicine is best for dog allergies?

Prescription antihistamines taken as a nasal spray include azelastine (Astelin, Astepro) and olopatadine (Patanase). Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine tablets include fexofenadine (Allegra Allergy), loratadine (Claritin, Alavert) and cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy); OTC antihistamine syrups are available for children.

What natural remedy can I give my dog for allergies?

Here are eight natural remedies for dogs that can help fight symptoms of seasonal allergies.

  • Quercetin. (Picture Credit: Getty Images)
  • Bromelain & Papain. (Picture Credit: Getty Images)
  • Oat Baths. (Picture Credit: Getty Images)
  • Aloe Vera. (Picture Credit: Getty Images)
  • Thyme.
  • Chickweed Gel.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Coconut Oil.

How can I help my dog with allergies?

Corticosteroids can help with itchy rashes, but the most effective treatment is to identify and avoid exposure to the allergens. If your dog can’t seem to stop scratching an ear or licking and chewing her toes, ask your veterinarian to check for a yeast infection.

Will Benadryl kill a dog?

Even though antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benedryl) can be used in pets at the correct dosage, an overdose can kill pets. A low overdose usually causes sedation but higher doses can result in serotonin syndrome, really fun stuff like agitation, hyperthermia, tremors, and seizures.

Can dogs take antihistamines for itching?

1. Antihistamines. Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Claritin (loratadine) are commonly used antihistamines that relieve allergy symptoms or counteract allergic reactions. OTC antihistamine preparations may contain other ingredients such as decongestants that are not safe for dogs.

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