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I dont have benadryl in the house, but i do have zyrtec 10

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I don't have benadryl in the house, but i do have zyrtec 10 mg , claritin 10 mg, allegra 30 mg, and prednisone 10 mg. My golden doodle 60 lbs, 14 months, dog just stepped in fire ants and is chewing his paws crazy. Can I give him something?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.

Hi Sir or Madam,


Benadryl is the drug we usually recommend for allergic reactions and the dosage is 1-2mg per pound every 8 hours. . Claritin and zyrtec have been used in dogs. The following site goes over antihistimines that are used and does give dosage information. I would consult your own vet before giving any medication to your dog besides benadryl.


Remember that many of these drugs have a different formula such as claratin-D. These are not safe for dogs and need to be avoided. You can use ice on the area to help and you should only use for about 5 minutes on and then 5 minutes off to provide some relief. Fire ants not only bite, but sting as well. Baking soda may help on the site as well. I hope this information is helpful to you.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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I am unable to obtain benadryl at this time, my children are sleeping and I am unable to go to the store. I was hoping someone could tell me if zyrtec 10 mg, claritin 10 mg, allegra 30-180 mg, or prednisone 10 mg would help my 60 lb dog who just stepped in fire ants.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.



Allegra or generic Fexofenadine can be used in dogs for allergies. The dose that is used is 2 to 5 mg/kg every 24 hrs. You should start with the lowest dosage first.


Hope this helps.

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