Aug 29 , 2022
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are with your dogs, they can still catch allergies because of certain reasons.
This is where antihistamines come in handy. And if you have a dog at home, this is a must-have in your medicine cabinet. After all, you may never know when you may need one for your dog.
Antihistamines are allergy pills that can help alleviate dogs' allergies. Since dogs are prone to scratching their skin due to allergies, antihistamines can be a great help to minimize or put a stop to itchy skin.
Identify first the signs and symptoms of dog allergies before giving them antihistamines. Because chances are, it might not really be an allergic reaction. It could just be a simple rash, a common cold because of a change in weather, or your dog’s scratching as a force of habit.
As soon as you identify that your dog is really having allergies, you can give them antihistamines as a temporary solution until you can visit the vet. However, keep in mind that there are different antihistamines.
Giving your dogs antihistamines
If you already have antihistamines at home and are planning to give one to your dog, always be careful and follow the instructions. It’s also important to read the label first because there are certain ingredients that could do more harm than good for your dog.
Benadryl is one of the most common antihistamines you can find in drugstores. But not all Benadryl is safe for your pups. Some contain decongestants that should not be given to dogs.
If you found a Benadryl product that includes “-D” on its label (usually written after the antihistamine name), then you must not give it to your dogs.
Decongestants can be harmful to your dogs and can cause them to:
- Become nauseous
- Become hyperactive
- Have seizures, chills, or tremors
- Upset stomach
- Collapse due to abnormal blood pressure
- Have dilated pupils
4 types of antihistamines that you can give to your dog’s itching
- Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
- Claritin (Claritin)
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Chlortimeton (Chlorpheniramine)
Can you ease your dog’s itchy symptoms?
Finding relief for a dog’s itchy symptoms is very important to prevent too much scratching, which can cause bleeding. Small doses of antihistamines are usually the best solution for such conditions.
However, some owners don’t want to give their dogs an antihistamine. This is understandable because, as a pet owner, you know what’s best for your dog.
For this matter, the best procedure is to cool off their itchy and inflamed skin by giving them a natural, home remedy bath until you can visit the vet.
If your dog is itching or having allergic reactions, calm down and don’t panic. If you can’t go to the vet yet, giving antihistamines and a bath can provide temporary relief and comfort to what your dog is feeling.
Always read the labels of the antihistamines that you’re about to give to your dog and always opt for a natural home remedy.