How to Use Zyrtec for Dog Allergies & Itchy Skin

How to Use Zyrtec for Dog AllergiesIf your dog suffers from any of the symptoms listed below, you might benefit from using Zyrtec for dog allergies.

  • Seasonal allergy symptoms
  • Skin allergy symptoms
  • Itchy insect bites
  • Reactions to poison oak or poison ivy
  • Other itchy, allergy-like situations

Zyrtec (cetirizine) is an over-the-counter antihistamine pharmaceutical use to treat dermatitis in dogs.

Cetirizine is the generic name for the name brand product Zyrtec.

WARNING: Do not give your dog ZYRTEC-D. ZYRTEC-D contains ingredients that can be toxic to your dog.

Before giving Zyrtec to your dog, always double check the package label and make sure the only active ingredient in the product is cetirizine.

Zyrtec relieves dog allergy symptoms such as itchy skin, runny noses, and watery eyes.

Drowsiness is a common side effect of Zyrtec.

The standard recommended Zyrtec dosage for dogs is: 

  • Dogs over 10 lbs: Give one 10mg tablet once daily
  • Dogs under 10 lbs: Give one-half of a 10mg tablet once daily

Zyrtec (cetirizine) usually takes approximately 30 minutes to start working.

Always make sure to check with your veterinarian before giving your pet Zyrtec (cetirizine), especially if your pet is on any other supplements or medications.

Use Zyrtec with caution in pets that are pregnant have seizures or other health conditions.

You can use generic versions of Zyrtec, but make sure that the medication you are using contains only cetirizine and other ingredients, as these other ingredients could be harmful to your dog.

Read The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Allergies


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