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Can I give claritin or zyrtec to my dogs for allergies. They

are between 8 and 12...
Can I give claritin or zyrtec to my dogs for allergies. They are between 8 and 12 pounds
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Dr. John
Dr. John, Small animal veterinarian, ER vet
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Dr. John :

Thank you for your question concerning your pets.

Dr. John :

We haven't used these newer allergy drugs too much in pets - they do appear to be pretty safe but again we just don't have a lot of experiencing using them as we do with older allergy medications such as Benadryl or atrazine (hydroxyzine)

Dr. John :

So I can give you the dose for them, but feel like the safest choices would be atarax (sorry called it atrazine before) or benadryl

Dr. John :

Are you there?

Customer:

Yes thank you

Customer:

I would like to try, I know alot of people give their pets styroid shots

Dr. John :

Yes, steroid shots long term are no good!

Customer:

Is weight an issue for zytec

Dr. John :

A better long term option is use of anti-histamines and sometimes an immuno-modulator drug (like a steroid but much safer) such as Atopica

Dr. John :

We can also give allergy shots to pets as people get

Dr. John :

Which drug would you like to try first, the benadryl?

Customer:

I'm trying to save money

Customer:

What is hydroxzine

Dr. John :

Atarax, I'm not sure if it is OTC or not, I always dispense to my patients...

Customer:

what is atopica

Dr. John :

Atopica is a dog specific allergy drug, although it is fairly expensive

Customer:

anyway to convert it to human terminoligy

Customer:

and is that a nasal spray

Dr. John :

No, they are all pills

Customer:

ok what is the human version of a anti-histamine

Dr. John :

They are all human versions that I listed. We don't have any pet specific anti-histamines

Dr. John :

The only pet specific thing I listed is Atopica

Dr. John :

Which is essentially cyclosporine

Customer:

I would like to try a allergy deterant like claritan or Zyrtec

Dr. John :

The dose that has been recommended for claritin in small dogs is 5mg by mouth every 12 hours as needed

Dr. John :

You should always speak with your regular veterinarian (who has a history with your pets) before starting any medication

Dr. John :

As this is off-label use

Customer:

Thank you I will

Dr. John :

You are welcome, good luck with the itching!

Dr. John :

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Thanks I will..Have a great day Dr. John.

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