Quick Answer: What Antihistamines Are Safe For Dogs?

Quick Answer: What Antihistamines Are Safe For Dogs?

Antihistamines.

Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Claritin (loratadine) are commonly used antihistamines that relieve allergy symptoms or counteract allergic reactions.

Antihistamines are usually safe but make some dogs drowsy and others hyperactive.

Which antihistamine is best for dogs?

Claritin (loratadine)

I use them liberally in my practice, but they don’t lack side effects. Other OTC antihistamines may also be effective for allergic reactions in pets, but Benadryl, Zyrtec and Claritin are most commonly recommended.

Are antihistamines dangerous for dogs?

Now, antihistamines do have a place in the treatment of some allergic conditions in dogs and cats; however, the dose is really important! In dogs and cats, however, it can lead to vomiting, drooling, wobbliness, convulsions and then a coma.

How much Zyrtec can I give my dog?

Dogs weighing less than 10 lbs can have half of a 10mg tablet once daily. Chlortrimeton is another excellent antihistamine for dogs, and is the drug of choice for kitty allergies as well. It is approximately half the cost of Zyrtec per pill, but requires dosing twice daily instead of once.

Is Claritin safe for dogs?

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.

What can you give a dog for severe itching?

An oatmeal dog shampoo may provide some temporary relief in many cases. Even better, some shampoos contain phytosphingosine salicyloyl, which is a skin calming agent. If the dog’s scratching is intense, administer an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) (call your veterinarian for the correct dose).

How much antihistamine should I give my dog?

The standard dosage for oral Benadryl is 1 mg per pound of body weight, given 2-3 times a day. Most drug store diphenhydramine tablets are 25 mg, which is the size used for a 25 pound dog. Always double check the dosage before giving an over the counter medication.

Can dogs have human allergy pills?

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 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.

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 you give a dog Zyrtec for itching?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine approved for use in humans to treat allergy symptoms. In veterinary medicine it’s used in both cats and dogs for the same indicationand more. Usually, these are the itchy dogs: the hot spot-ridden, flea allergic, food allergic and/or atopic (inhalant allergic).

Is Benadryl or Zyrtec better for dogs?

For Dogs: Allergy Meds

You can give your dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 2-3 times daily at 1mg per pound of body weight. Benadryl may cause drowsiness. Zyrtec (cetirizine) or Claritin (loratadine) can be given once to twice daily. The adult tablets are both 10mg.

Will apple cider vinegar help my dog stop itching?

Apple cider vinegar has a cooling sensation, making it a good choice for small topical problems, like burns, bruises, and hot spots. If the wound is at all open or raw, apple cider vinegar will sting! It’s especially useful to minimize itchy feet and ears. Thoroughly soak the dog’s paws in a vinegar-water mix.

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