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.
mom of 2
You can try Chlorpheniramine 4mg tablets (name is Chlortabs at Walmart). Give 1/2 tablet by mouth every 12 hours. Works best if you give it with a dog Omega Fatty Acid Supplement. I haven't tried Zyrtec with dogs, I am not sure if it is safe for them. (02/14/2008)
You might also try a good (human) medicated shampoo like Denorex. This cured our beagle. Poor guy was just itchy! (02/14/2008)
We use benadryl, and the vet gave us a lotion to put on and this is working wonders. It is fantastic! (02/15/2008)
Our health food store has a whole line of healthy pet alternatives. They could probably even recommend natural allergy things that won't have unhealthy side effects. Hopefully you have a health food store with knowledgeable employees. Hope you can find a solution soon! (02/15/2008)
Try looking up earthclinic.com for advice with pet and people problems. Personally, I would try to detox your dog with some dandelion root powder, and then add some good omega three type oils--also, skin problems are often the result of digestive upset--try dog friendly probiotics to get things working properly. Has he ever had antibiotics, and did the symptoms begin after a vaccination? (02/15/2008)
My vet recommended claritin. We do the generic and it works great! My dog is 50 lbs and she takes one tablet a day. (02/15/2008)
I wouldn't give an animal any medication that was made for humans without first checking with my vet. Many medications for people are toxic for pets. (02/15/2008)
Yes, a dog can take Zyrtec. We checked with our Beagle's vet and he could take 2 x 10mg tablets daily provided they did not contain pseudoephedrine. But CHECK WITH YOUR VET FIRST. (03/17/2008)
Glad to read that Zyrtec and other prescription allergy meds are safe for some dogs. We have a 100 lb. 17year old Akita who has terrible allergies when the aspen trees start leafing out. She has runny eyes, scratches until she bleeds and generally looks terrible. We tried chloraminiphone, benadryl and she looked stoned all the time: listless and sleepy. I gave her a 10 mg. zyrtec this evening and couldn't sleep because I was worried it would hurt her. Vets up here in Colorado would charge $500 or more for the same info. Any other suggestions? (04/21/2008)
Our vet suggested 2 10mg zyrtec pills each day for skin allergies in Colorado. After giving him the first one, we noticed how tired he got, so we only give him one at bedtime. His skin looks so much better. We buy the generic version at Sam's. (08/28/2008)
I found this article to be reassuring that you can safely give this medication to dogs, though it appears the results may vary.
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