Can I Give My Dog Allegra?

Can I Give My Dog Allegra?Skin irritations, runny eyes and sneezing are all allergy signs for both people and their dogs. You may be considering Allegra for such a situation. Some pets, when exposed to certain allergens, are hypersensitive and can develop allergic symptoms.

How to safely treat them? While humans rely on popular antihistamines to reduce the effects of allergies, use for dogs isn’t so clear cut. So is it also safe to give dogs something like Allegra? Let’s learn more.

This drug can reduce the effects of histamine including itching, watery eyes and sneezing due to certain allergens. Allergens are mostly harmless substances found in our surroundings but, if symptoms are persistent, allergies should be addressed. A professional diagnosis is preferable to starting out with Allegra.

Can I Give My Dog Allegra? Answer: With vet approval

It’s sometimes given to dogs with allergies, under strict guidelines, and it has been proven effective.

Allegra, the brand name for Fexofenadine or Fexofenadina, must be given for the right purpose and at the correct dosage. You should take your dog to the vet when persistent allergic reactions arise for which you cannot trace the source. They may conduct a thorough examination to identify what’s causing the allergy. This way you’ll get the best treatment option which is probably not Allegra.

Veterinarians do give dogs antihistamines such as Allegra, Benadryl or Claritin but they do so with proper training and knowledge. They can be very dangerous but they do actually work to block the effects of a substance or chemical that trigger certain allergies. Allegra in particular, according to some sources, shows no evidence of toxicity at oral doses up to 2 mg per kilogram in dogs. It is, however, not a cure.

Causes & Symptoms

Some of the most common allergens in dogs are dander, mold spores, dust, feathers, cigarette smoke, some food ingredients and harmful prescription drugs. Dogs prone to allergies are affected in many ways. The good news is that it’s fairly easy to identify when your dog is having an allergic reaction due to the obvious symptoms.

Canine allergies are not uncommon. They can experience symptoms such as red and itchy skin, watery eyes, increased scratching, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea and constant licking. If you see your pup struggling with any of these then they are most likely showing signs of allergies.

Dogs deal with allergies in many different forms depending on what causes the allergy. The source can originate from the environment or from their food as well as other external factors. The bad news is that it can be difficult to trace the source of the problems. This is why taking them to a vet for a thorough check-up will help you identify what your dog is allergic to and how you can best treat them.

Allegra’s Side Effects

Among all antihistamines sometimes prescribed to dogs with allergies, Allegra is considered to have the fewest side effects. Your dog may get a mild stomachache and dizziness, but this is rare when given medication under proper administration. If your dog has severe side effects after taking Allegra, such as coughing and vomiting, stop use and contact your vet right away.

Fight the Source

When your dog has an allergy, it might be time for you to evaluate your home. Make a strong effort to clean your house by sweeping and mopping the floors, and vacuuming rugs and furniture. Pet dander can reach every part of your home and so try to eliminate them to the best of your ability.

Also, consider getting an air purifier with a HEPA filter to help catch the allergens that cannot be eliminated with routine cleaning. These are things that can actually cure your dog’s allergies, something Allegra certainly cannot do.

Some Home Remedies

Skin irritations cause itching and scratching. Get rid of that by mixing baking soda in water. Then pour it on your dog’s itchy parts. Try bathing your dog in oatmeal dissolved in cool water for about ten minutes to reduce itching. Mineral oil might also help to reduce itchiness. Just pour it on a cotton ball and swab it in and around the affected area.

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Judy February, 2014

In my own experience, Benadryl did nothing for my dog. She had actually chewed a wound into her hind quarter, and as she walked she would bring up her hind legs as though to scratch.

I called the vet and got her some Atarax, an otherwise very effective antihistamine, but like the Benadryl, it did nothing to relieve her symptoms. After reading as much as I could about the Allegra for dogs, I tried the 180mg tab for my 75 pound Airedale. She has been symptom free since.

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Brent April, 2014

My dog started on Cyclosporine, a generic and cheaper version of Atarax, and it worked great for about 2 years. Now it has no effect. I tried Benadryl with no results and I’m looking for the info you provided. Here’s hoping my boy can get some relief.

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Judy April, 2014

Hi Brent. Cyclosporine is a chemotherapy. I absolutely cannot imagine why your dog would have been given that and clearly Atarax is not a generic for cyclosporine, again a chemotherapy. Atarax is a powerful antihistamine, but it may not work for your dog. The Allegra seems to work best, and I use the 180mg for a 75 pound dog. Give it a try.

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Octavio February, 2014

My Labrador has been constantly dealing with allergies and leaks his paws. We have tried Benadryl but it makes him drowsy. I was thinking of switching to Allegra which comes in 180mg tablets since I take it myself. Can you recommend the right dose for his weight? He is 76 pounds.

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Kathi October, 2013

My vet did ok giving my dog 2.5mg of Zyrtec, but I was looking to switch to a pediatric dose of Allegra due to inclusion of a decongestant. My dog has congestive heart failure due to cardiomyopathy and I’m just trying to get her some relief from the symptoms, generally unrelated to allergies, but similar symptoms.

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Judy February, 2014

Please do not confuse congestive heart failure as having anything to do with allergies, or a condition that would be relieved by a decongestant. Congestive heart failure requires Digoxin to make the heart beat more effectively, and Lasix to pull off extra fluid stressing the heart. A antihistamine such as Allegra or Benadryl will work for itching, scratching, compulsively licking the paws.

If your dog is not having these symptoms, it doesn’t need an antihistamine and certainly not a decongestant. Remember that the products with the “D” for which you have to sign, relieve sinus congestion in people. Truly, the symptoms may seem the same, but clinically they are very different. Also, keep in mind how small your dog is. Given that her heart is enlarged, you don’t want to do anything that would stress the liver or the kidneys. Please speak with your vet so that you have a better understanding of the interplay of the organs most especially in a dog the size of yours.

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Breno September, 2013

My Cocker Spaniel weighs 33 pounds and I’m giving her 80mg daily. I chose Allegra because is the only one that works except for cortisone. I am considering an increase in the dose to 120mg daily. What do you think about it?

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James September, 2013

Breno, in my opinion, 80mg should be working if your dog is 33 pounds. Do you not see any results at this dosage? Do you notice anything different at all? I would be very careful about increasing that Allegra dose but I am not a vet.

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Angie September, 2013

Thank you for the answer. Is there a way to know the correct dosage to give a dog? My dog is 24 pounds and I have the 10mg Allegra tablets.

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James September, 2013

Angie, because your dog is small, you have to start out with a low dose. A 10mg tablet would be the max I’d start out with. Try to see if you notice a difference with just one.

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