Yes, Claritin is safe for dogs to use when administered in the prescribed dosages.
Allergic reactions in dogs are common, and they typically occur when a pooch’s immune system releases histamines to fight off otherwise harmless allergens that the dog may have come in contact with.
And it is this release of histamines by the pooch’s immune system that typically triggers the manifestation of symptoms such as swelling and itchiness.
Claritin, known generically as loratadine, is an over-the-counter antihistamine that is typically used to counter symptoms caused by the release of histamines in a pooch’s body. And it has to be said that this drug is quite effective at treating mild cases of these allergic reactions.
Loratadine contained in Claritin was initially formulated to treat runny noses and hives in humans. But as time passed, scientists began using this drug to treat itchy skins, and by extension, other symptoms of allergic reactions in dogs.
That said, regardless of its effectiveness at treating mild symptoms of allergic reactions in dogs, Claritin isn’t suitable for severe allergic reactions in pooches, with this condition requiring emergency medical care.
How Much Claritin Can I Give My Dog?
The safe dosage for Claritin usage in dogs typically varies according to breed and size, but this drug is generally prescribed to be used either once or twice a day.
That said, Claritin is usually available as either a 5 mg or 10 mg rapidly disintegrating tablet, a 10 mg chewable tablet, or a 5 mg per 5 ml syrup.
Vets will generally prescribe that dogs use 0.2 mg of Claritin per pound of the dog’s body weight. And what this means is that if you have a small pooch that weighs just 25 lbs, such a dog should use 5 mg of Claritin per day.
Also, with Claritin, the duration of administration depends on the type of illness being treated, the pooch’s response to the drug, and the development or not of side effects. And to avoid a relapse, it is advisable that you complete the prescribed Claritin dosage for your canine buddy.