Allergy season is in full swing and our pets are feeling the effects. Dogs and cats across the country are suffering from the effects of airborne allergens that often times cannot be practically contained or minimized. Clinical signs of allergies in pets include itching, scratching, watery eyes and sneezing. Relief from these symptoms, however, is often close at hand. Many pet owners are aware that they can use benadryl to help treat the clinical signs associated with allergies in pets. Many, however, are unaware that they may also safely administer claritin (aka loratidine) to their dog or cat to achieve the same relief or better. Both are antihistamines, but claritin has some added advantages.
Loratadine (the generic drug name of the antihistamine found in the brand claritin) represents a new generation of antihistamine that does not cross the blood-brain barrier and does not cause drowsiness. It also is much longer lasting than some of the classic antihistamines in use. The size of this tablet and its’ once or twice a day dosing schedule make it a convenient antihistamine for pet usage.
Medications Forms: 10mg tablets, syrup liquid suspension, oral dissolving strip
Recommended Starting Dosage for Dogs & Cats: 0.5 mg per kg administered orally once to twice a day
Warnings: Only purchase and administer Regular claritin to pets (NOT claritin-D or other variations that may contain additional medications).
This medication has not been evaluated for safety in pregnancy or lactation and thus should not be used in either situation.
This medication will interfere with allergic skin testing. Check with your veterinary dermatologist regarding how far in advance this medication should be withheld.