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My dog took 2 zyrtek pills instead of 1 for her allergies.

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My dog took 2 zyrtek pills instead of 1 for her allergies. Is this life threatening?
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Zyrtec has a pretty wide margin of safety but I can double check my drug formulary - how much does your dog weigh and what strength of tablets do you have?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
my dog weighs 44 pounds. it is generic zyrtek and I think they are 10mg

Ok great, give me just a moment to check that-

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Any issues with her so far, behavior changes or anything?

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So for that size, 44lbs = 20kg

The general safe dose is 1mg/kg (though they sometimes respond to lower doses), so 20mg should be just fine for her size. They can even have 20mg up to twice a day for an average size dog.

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Even though it is considered non-drowsy, if they get more than they are used to having you could potentially see drowsiness short term.

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