Relieving Itching for Dogs

May 7, 2018

Loratadine for Itching DogsBruno, my 80 pound Rottie mix was getting open sores from biting and itching, especially around his back and tail. The vet always said it was fleas.


We would get the topical Advantage and in a few days he was scratching again. So it was not only fleas.

I read that Claritin was good for dogs. I can't afford expensive Claritin, so I bought the generic, which was cheap at the Dollar General. I tried giving him the 10 mg generic of Claritin which is Loratadine. It is the 24 hour allergy pill and is around $3.00 or so at the Dollar General.

From the moment I gave him the pill, in a small piece of bread, I knew it was
going to work. In just a little while, he completely stopped the manic itching and after around a month, his hair is growing back nicely. All I can say is that his allergies must have been airborne, rather than just fleas.

Another observation is that the more regularly I gave him the pill, his immune system must have strengthened, because now he only needs them intermittently.

I had to share this with my ThriftyFun family :)

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September 5, 2010

Can I use Calagel on my dog till I can get her to the vet on Tuesday? She has a rash all over her she is going crazy! She is a Beagle.

By rachelle from Salem, OH


September 19, 20123 found this helpful

For all your itchy dog questions: remember the skin is the biggest organ in the body and it is first to show trauma in the system. Skin allergies are usually diet related. Wheat, corn and soy are the three biggest allergens in dogs and you'll find these as the top 3 ingredients in most dry dog foods. Eliminate these three ingredients, find a food that is human grade and grains free - this is what is biologically appropriate for dog's diet.


Most skin issues will vanish in 2-3 months (takes time for the body to detox and regenerate). Vets have no understanding of diet and recommend things I wouldn't feed to my worse enemy. Also a lot of personality issues calm down or go away when diet is corrected. Lastly, find a holistic vet who can advise you of holistic ways to increase your pet's immunity and health without the toxic effects of western medicine.

Regular vets (and MD's) "bandaid" problems or slash, burn and toxify while Holistic Vets (and ND's) seek to find a root cause and cure the problem. It's time for a whole new way of thinking for us and our pets!

Also recommend Gold Detox Kit from Amber Technology - it detoxes and regenerates all the body's organs and systems with an organic, non-toxic product. Very inexpensive for the results. Recommend doing it once a year. Dog's bodies are designed to live 25-30 years - we are the ones shortening them by poor nutrition and over vaccinations (read "Stop the Shots!: Are Vaccinations Killing Our Pets!" and "Food Pets Die For" to understand diet).

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October 20, 20150 found this helpful

I found out from my vet my dog is not only allergic to flea bites, but to freshly mown grass and to keep him off it for 24 hours after being mowed.

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I have a tiny 3 year old Beagle. She seems to have a perpetual itching problem, sometimes so severe that she whines loudly.

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