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what is the dosage of claritin for a 60 pound dog

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Submitted: 6 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr.Fiona replied 6 years ago.

Hi there,

Is your dog having an allergic reaction? What is happening? How much does she weigh?

Fiona

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Dr.Fiona's Post: swollen around eyes, pawing at eyes. about 50-60 pounds
Expert:  Dr.Fiona replied 6 years ago.

When did it start?

 

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Dr.Fiona's Post: started about an hour ago. has a few lumps on head. looks like bee stings. eating and breathing fine. we live in the country and noticed a few wasps and yellow jackets around. dog likes to dig and catch flying insects.
Expert:  Dr.Fiona replied 6 years ago.

Well, that sounds like a classic allergic reaction - quite likely to bees or wasps especially if it is still cool at night where you are as they are sluggish and easy to catch or step on.

The dose range for Claritin is 0.25 - 0.5 mg/kg. That works out to 7mg to 14mg for a 60lb dog. That works out to giving her ONE of the 10mg tablets.

Please be very sure that it is not Claritin D with pseudoephedrine in it!!

You should see an improvement within 30 minutes. In the meantime, a towel soaked in cold water and wrung out, then placed over her eyes may help to bring the swelling down.

If she is continuing to swell or develops difficulty breathing see an emergency vet immediately!

Here is more info:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/allergic-reaction-insect-2/page1.aspx

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2114

If this has been helpful, please accept my answer and leave feedback. I will still be here to provide more information if you need it! Best wishes,

Fiona

 

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