(Closed) Giving dogs Claritin

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hmm, I’ve never heard of this. I’m interested!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Do they not know what he’s allergic to?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve given some to my dog before on the recommendation of the vet after she kept licking entire patches of fur off her paws. Just make sure to stick to plain old Claritin, not Claritin-D. I can’t remember the exact mg per pound recommended off the top of my head, though. It took about a week or week and a half for the itching to calm down a bit.

What kind of food do you give him? After going through http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/, we switched our dog’s food to Avoderm and the itchy skin has improved SO MUCH.

Edit: Ah, I see there may be food allergies involved. No advice on that. :/

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I haven’t given my dog claritin before but I’ve given him Benadryl to help with his allergies.  I also read that apple cider vinegar can help with itchy skin on dogs, I tried giving it to mine and didn’t notice a difference but it’s something you can look into also.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsDrRose612:  You don’t have to buy fancy food to figure out what he’s allergic too. Just begin anew, feeding different ingredients, and once you add something and he reacts, you’ll know. My SO’s dog was allergic to beef it turns out, and so they started him on duck food, then added chicken, then beef, and then suddenly he had symptoms again. So they went back to the duck. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our pup gets a Claritin every morning this time of year, plus Benadryl before bed. It usually seems like it takes a couple days for the Claritin to really kick in.

We also have a special shampoo for her. It’s called ‘Itchy Dog’ and I think we got it at Petco. It doesn’t make a huge difference for my dog, but it might be worth a shot for you guys.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We occasionally give our dog people-medicines under supervision of the vet, so it’s not worrying to me. With Claritin and other antihistamines, it might take a while before you see any improvements if it’s a food allergy or a mold/fungus allergy.  if you want to try boiling very lean ground beef with white rice, that might be a cheaper alternative to the Rx food, just a week or so and see if his symptoms improve. Get the leanest beef you can find as some dogs get sick from all the fat in cheaper ground beef.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yeah I read online that you can put 1 tsp in their water twice a day or you can mix a small amount of ACV to water in a spray bottle and rub it on your dog’s skin. It’s supposed to be  a natural insect repellent and help relieve hot spots and itchy spots on dogs.  We gave our dog an oatmeal bath and that seemed to work better.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

my mom sometimes gives my dog (a lab) benadryl on especially itchy days. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MrsDrRose612:  I should have mentioned that! My sister would always swear by this stuff with her dogs so we finally broke down and tried it:

http://www.amazon.com/Earthbath-Natural-Oatmeal-Shampoo-16-Ounce/dp/B0002IEYIE/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1349208132&sr=1-1

Earthbath! We get it on amazon and usually go with either the hypo-allergenic or oatmeal/aloe, depending on what’s in stock.

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