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At our old house, our dog was allergic to the grass, so we changed the grass. We recently moved to the country and his skin has become very red, and he is scratching constantly. We would like to start giving him an antihistamine but do not know the dosage. We use chlortrimeton because it doesn’t make us drowsy. What dosage should we give our dog per day?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 You really need to speak with your vet about the best medications and treatments.  You should look at more than just giving the dog medication.  You will want to explore low allergen foods which can give the dog a great deal of relief.


Through the weekend, you can give 25 mg of benadryl every 12 hours.  See your vet on Monday.


Let m eknow if you still have questions.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: Since you do not know the weight of my dog your answer is non-responsive. Since I told you I only had chlortrimeton your answer is non-responsive. Since I told you the dog's allergens were environmental, not nutritional, your answer was non-responsive.
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
the standard dose for dogs is .2 to .5 mg/kg
however be aware that dogs like people vary in which antihistamine works for them best and
some dogs also don't respond to any of them

If you want to wait and get your vet's advice on dosage for your dog (which I also would suggest) you can use cool water or a cool wet towel over the inflamed area to provide some relief until you reach your vet for dose advice.

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