My dog has severe skin allergies and the medication is getting quite expensive. Is it safe to give my dog over the counter Zyrtec? I tried Benadryl and it did not work. He does not have fleas. He is treated with Frontline. Can you please answer my question as soon as possible?
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Benadryl, dosed very carefully and properly, is a perfectly safe OTC effort for allergies. In many cases, it works just fine and reduces or fixes the issues. I've had 2 wonderful Vets in my dog's lifetime, both prescribed OTC Benadryl for seasonal allergies as well as a sensitive stomach. She's a Weim and has some breed specific issues that Benadryl has done wonders for. There have been a couple of extreme cases where very short term use of steroids was in order. Do try to get away from foods that have corn and artificial colorings, as they can make allergies much worse.
I would ask your vet, that seems risky to me.
I had tried everything else for my dog's allergies including Benadryl. Nothing worked for her except Zyrtec, I buy the Walmart or Kroger generic. She does great.
Please don't give your dog any medications without checking with your vet. Human meds respond very differently in dogs than they do people and you very well might kill your dog. Hopefully your vet can answer your question over the phone and without charging you. But again, please don't give your dog any human meds without checking it out!
First, dump the frontline. That is a poison afte rall. Diet is the cause of the allergies probably. No grocery store pet food. Bet what you are feeding , first ingredient is corn. Your dog is not a bird. Special pet supply, decent pet food with no corn wheat or soy. You can always cook. Several days a week good idea to give raw diet. See internet. Spread dry borax in all carpet and your pets bed. Fleas will be greatly diminished. Is your yard infested with fleas? Build immune system. Better than poison. No human medications. Could kill your pet.
Agree with so many others here on not going through with the Zyrtec ( and disagree with the poster suggesting the use of borax, please read the info on this link):
Generally, if the dog is itching and uncomfortable, he's also licking himself all over. The possibility of ingesting borax would be too chancy for me. Depending upon the size of your dog, even just five grams of borax can be lethal if ingested.
A few years back, we had a shelter rescue who came to us with severe skin allergies at four months ( and sadly lived only to be a year and a half). We actually ended up changing vets when we found one who realized that this poor dog had several issues going on that all had to be individually treated in order to provide him some comfortable quality of life. (He had been exposed to pesticides before we got him and also had multiple food allergies--and in the end, cancer).
If your vet is hitting a brick wall and can't seem to help him. Please consider a second or third opinion. Also, in our case, the second vet had no problem prescribing generic meds that were a fraction of the cost incurred with the first vet, and picked up on more physical problems that the first vet completely overlooked.
Hugs to you. We know firsthand how hard it is to watch a loved pet suffer.
Please read the information archived below. I suggest you call his vet's office and ask them, just to be sure. If it is okay to give, there might be different dosages for different sized dogs; they can refer to his chart and give you the best advice. Best of luck, I hope he's feeling better soon!
Please talk to your vet about doing this for the reasons already mentioned!
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I have a male weeny dog who is turning 10 this year. This past fall or a little longer ago, he started getting so congested that he was breathing out of his mouth and getting these scabby pus welts all over his belly.
I took him to the vet, and they said he has allergies, and to pinpoint exactly what kind it'll cost an arm and two legs. So, they prescribed a bunch of stuff along with shampoos and changed his food. I bought a humidifier and changed the filter in the furnace. None of the medicines have worked, and I gave him Benadryl with the vet's knowledge. It was working for a few weeks, but now nothing is working.
So I bought Zyrtec and was wondering if it's safe, or is there anything else that can be done for my little guy. He is 16 pounds. I swear I have a box of tissues in every room. What can I do about his congestion problem? He's miserable along with me. So please help. His skin is getting a lot better. I just want him to breath better.
I had a cairn terrier with many allergies. For his skin allergies I changed his diet to brown rice and canned salmon (bones and skin and all; they need it for the calcium and fat). This worked for him and he lived to be 17 without any further difficulty.
My friends wiener dog was allergic to lawn fertilizer. His belly would break out every spring. They or the Vet did not know what was causing it. I suggested they change to organic fertilizer and voila.... not more scratching and biting. They had gone so far as to put a muzzle on the poor little guy to stop the biting. Now he is 100%.
I have not had much experience with nasal allergies. Look for patterns in your dogs allergies. This helped me to figure out what was going on. Also you might try an air cleaner in you home. They remove allergens that are in the air. But it is a real mystery sometimes to try and find out what the culprit is. Don't give up and best of luck to you.
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Has anyone given their dogs Zyrtec for allergies? Has it helped? I have a Chu/Terrier mix that itches and licks himself like crazy. He is on a holistic dog food of Duck and Potato. Benadryl does nothing but make him grumpy and tired. He tries to bite.
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