To understand whether you can give your dog Zyrtec or not, first, you need to understand that what is Zyrtec and why it has been used among human and some pets like the dog. If someone has recommended you to give Zyrtec to your dog to treat some kind of allergies, then you need to read this article till the end. In this article, I will talk about all the common and important information which you must have before giving the dosage of Zyrtec to your dog.
What is Zyrtec?
Zyrtec is the name of medicine which has been used to treat common allergies. This drug has been also given to some animals like the dog to treat common allergies among them. Usually, the vet recommends Zyrtec to the dog when other drugs do not work on them and failed to cure the allergies. This is one of those drugs which can be purchased from the pharmacy without any doctor’s prescription that’s why it now becomes one of the most common drugs to treat allergies in the dog.
Originally, Zyrtec was made for the human only and not recommended by the company to use on any animals. But vet still prescribes this to the dog in certain allergies. So, it is safe to use Zyrtec but it is better to use it only if the vet recommends.
Is Zyrtec safe for dogs?
The short answer to this question is yes, it is safe for dogs only if the proper dosage of Zyrtec has been given to the dogs. It is always better to give Zyrtec to a dog only after the prescription of the vet as it does not treat all allergies and have some side effects.
What does Zyrtec do for dogs?
Zyrtec can be used to treat the different type of skin allergies which cause itching, swelling, red skin, and scratch. In short, it has been used to treat dermatitis problems in dogs. The most common symptoms of this allergy are hair loss, red skin, chewing specific part of the body, excess licking, face rubbing and swelling etc. So, if you notice any of these symptoms in your dog then use Zyrtec after the recommendation of your vet to treat this allergy.
Are Zyrtec and Zyrtec-D same?
No! They may have the same name but they have totally different ingredients. The Zyrtec-D’s ingredients are enough to kill the dog in very short time. So, never ever give Zyrtec-D to your dog in any case. According to the vet, the two tablets of Zyrtec-D are enough to kill the dog while the small size of dog can be killed with a small dosage of Zyrtec-D. The reason behind this is the ingredients of Zyrtec-D which contain pseudoephedrine. More information about dogs can find on US Bones.
What are the side effects of Zyrtec on dogs?
There are very few side effects of Zyrtec on dogs which can be only happened if the wrong dosage of Zyrtec has been given to them or they are suffering from any other health issues. The common side effects of Zyrtec on dogs are:
• Constipation and vomiting
• Heavy sedation and drowsiness
• Retention of urine
• Hyper salivation etc.
If you notice any of these side effects in your dog, instantly contact your vet and stop giving any further dosage of Zyrtec until your vet asked for it.