Spring means allergies

Health

Just like a human, we good dogs can experience allergy flare-ups. We too are familiar with the redness, itching & discomfort that comes with an allergic reaction.  To ease the discomfort of allergy symptoms, many veterinarians recommend & in some cases, even prescribe human over-the-counter antihistamines as a safe, effective treatment.

However, not all over the counter people antihistamines are safe for good dogs.  Many products also add decongestants which can produce serious, even deadly side effects including increased heart rate, respiratory problems to hyper-excitability with muscle tremors, seizures, & hyperactivity. Vomiting, dilated pupils, increased body temperature, disorientation, heart rhythm abnormalities, even retinal detachment & blindness in some cases.  If your good dog ingests any medication containing a decongestant, immediately seek out an emergency veterinarian.

Always consult your veterinarian before giving your good dog  any medication. If you want to relieve allergy symptoms, the following brands are safe to use but again, consult your vet first.

  • Benadryl
  • Tavist
  • Claritin
  • Chlortrimeton.

Specific brands to avoid are:

  • Contac
  • Actifed
  • Sudafed
  • Tavist-D
  • Claritin-D

Any antihistamine with “D” added to the name, means that a decongestant has been added & will harm your good dog.

antihistamine_chart PDF

Be safe, but also be comfortable this season.

CEO Olivia

Allergy Medications. Which Ones to Use & Which Ones To Not.

Health, News

Many of us who have lived with a dog are familiar with the redness, itching, and discomfort that our dogs can experience during allergy flare-ups.  To ease our dogs’ discomfort and allergy symptoms, many veterinarians are recommending, even prescribing, certain human over-the-counter antihistamines as a safe, effective treatment for our dog’s itch and redness.

common-allergies

However, not all over the counter people antihistamines are safe to use with our canine family members.  Many products also add a decongestants.  When given to a dog decongestants can produce serious, often deadly side effects including increased heart rate, respiratory problems to hyper-excitability with muscle tremors, seizures, and hyperactivity. Vomiting, dilated pupils, increased body temperature, disorientation, heart rhythm abnormalities, even retinal detachment and blindness in some cases.  If your dog ingests any ‘Over The Counter’ medication containing a decongestant, immediately seek out an emergency veterinarian.

The following brands are safe to use:

Benadryl, Tavist, Claritin, Chlortrimeton.

Specific brands to avoid are:

Contac, Actifed, Sudafed, Tavist-D, Claritin-D, or any other brand antihistimine with “D” added to the name, indicating that a decongestant has been added.

Never give your dog  any medication without first consulting with your veterinarian.

CEO Olivia ❤