Allergies In Dogs: Over The Counter Medications

When I was growing up dogs didn’t get allergies. Now that I work in the veterinary field it’s like every dog has some degree of allergies. Whether it be seasonal, food allergies, or from fleas there are varying degrees where some can be treated with over-the-counter medicines and others need more attention. Today we’re going to get into Pet Allergies and what you can do at home.

Be sure to grab your FREE print out of the allergy meds for your dog so you can remember what and how much to give.

Pet Allergies. Over the counter medications for dog allergies
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Symptoms of Pet Allergies

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Constant licking
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy ears

Thankfully there are over the counter antihistamines we can try first to relieve some allergy symptoms.


No Decongestants! TavistD or ClaritinD


*Not very effective with cat allergies.



Tavist (1.34mg)

Zyrtec (10mg)

1 mg/lb twice daily

2-4mg per 10 lbs of body weight twice a day

<15 lbs — 5 mg once daily

15-39 lbs — 5 mg twice daily

>40 lbs — 10 mg twice daily

<20 lbs — 1/2 tablet twice daily

20-60 lbs — 1.5 tablet twice daily

>40 lbs — 2 tablets twice daily

<10 lbs — 1/2 tablet once daily

>10 lbs — 1 tablet once daily

Seeing your local Veterinarian is the best way to get your pet’s allergies under control in severe cases.

Itching and red skin can be very irritating. Benadryl is an antihistamine that helps relieve swelling and itching from allergic reactions and can be used long-term for allergies. There are also non-antihistamines that can help with allergies and your pets skin.

Other Pet Things to Try For Pet Allergies:

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