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Can You Give a Kitten Zyrtec?

FAQs Cindy Castillo August 10, 2022

The dermatologists at VIN (Veterinary Information Network) seem to agree: Good, safe stuff for cats, this Zyrtec. Probably more effective than the alternatives. And definitely easier, because for cats we now know that once-a-day dosing is perfectly appropriate.

How much Zyrtec can I give my kitten?

Only use pure Zyrtec (cetirizine) for cats. NEVER use Zyrtec-D because of possible serious side effects! The dose for cats is 5 mg per day. The dose can be divided by twice daily administration of 2.5 mg (1/2 tablet).

What allergy medicine can I give my kitten?

If your pet has mild seasonal allergies without a skin infection, over-the-counter antihistamines may be an option for allergy relief. Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Claritin (loratadine) are commonly used allergy medications for cats and dogs.

Can Zyrtec be used for cats?

Zyrtec is an antihistamine that vets sometimes recommend for cats to treat conditions like hives, bug bites and itchy skin patches. It is one of the brand names for the generic drug cetirizine and works by blocking the action of histamine in the body.

Are antihistamines safe for kittens?

Antihistamines are fairly safe with minimal side effects. However, although rare, there are documented cases of urinary retention in cats receiving antihistamines. Caution should be exercised when administering antihistamines to cats with a history of urinary tract disease

Can I give my cat Zyrtec for sneezing?

Zyrtec can also treat cat allergy asthma

Symptoms range from sneezing, wheezing and coughing, and often a cat will have all three.

Can cats take Zyrtec for itching?

Cetirizine (brand name Zyrtec®, Reactine®) is an antihistamine used to treat pruritus (itching) associated with atopic dermatitis, urticaria (hives) and insect bite reactions in cats and dogs. Use in cats and dogs is off label or extra label.

How much Zyrtec Can I give my cat?

In cats, cetirizine is administered at a total dose of 5 mg per cat once daily. The duration of administration depends on the disease being treated, the response to the drug and the development of side effects. Be sure to fill out the prescription unless specifically directed to do so by your vet.

What can I give my cat for allergies sneezing?

Can kittens have Benadryl?

But is this drug safe for cats? “It’s safe,” says John Faught, a DVM and medical director at Firehouse Animal Health Center in Austin, Texas. “Benadryl is an antihistamine only and is relatively safe for dogs and cats.”

What happens if my cat eats a Zyrtec?

If accidentally ingested by dogs and cats, antihistamine poisoning can result in clinical signs of severe agitation, lethargy, sedation, aggression, abnormal heart rate, abnormal blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, seizures, respiratory depression, and even death.

What is the best antihistamine for cats?

What can I give my cat for respiratory allergies?

Dr. Elsey’s R&R™ Respiratory Relief Litter was vet-formulated with respiratory sensitivities in mind and is an ideal solution for an allergy-friendly litter box. p >

Can kittens have allergies?

Yes. There are four common types of allergies in cats: insect (fleas), food allergy, inhalation (house dust, pollen and mold), and contact. Each of them shares some common feline physical expressions and signs, and each has some unique characteristics.

How can I help my cat from itching?

Shampoos made especially for cats generally moisturize the skin, which reduces itching. Cat shampoos that contain colloidal oatmeal or phytosphingosine are generally most useful for reducing your cat’s itching.

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