Can I Give My Dog Claritin?


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Dogs can suffer from allergies in much the same way as humans. They can be allergic to almost anything, but the most common allergies are flea saliva, dust mites, pollen, mold spores and certain foods.
While antihistamines such as can bring relief to your dog, you should always seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian to ensure you have the right medicine and an appropriate dosage for the particular needs of your pet.

The symptoms are very similar to human allergies, they include sneezing and runny eyes and skin can become red and irritated. If your dog scratches, rubs or chews its skin there is a good chance that it is suffering from an allergy

In the event that your vet has some familiarity with prescribing Claritin for dogs, there is one crucial factor you need to be aware of. The canine dosage of Claritin refers to regular Claritin, not Claritin D;
Claritin D contains a drug known as pseudoephedrine that can be toxic to dogs and it has the potential to kill your pet if the dosage is high enough.

Although antihistamines such as Benadryl, and in some cases Claritin, can bring your dog some much needed relief, they are not without side-effects. These include; dry eyes, dry mouth, increased thirst and drowsiness

Since every dog reacts a little differently to medications, some dogs will experience these side-effects to a lesser or greater degree. If your dog appears to have a strong reaction to any antihistamine you give him refrain from administering the next dose and call your vet immediately.
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Yes,  you can use Claritin in your dog. Claritin contains Loratadine which is an anti allergy or anti histamine agent. It is used in dogs to treat allergic reactions on skin and systemic. Claritin is an prescription drug and can be purchased on prescription of vet. Canine Claritin is available in 10 mg and dose is according to body weight of dog. Don't use Claritin D in your dog because it also contains pseudoephedrine that is toxic for dogs.

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