Can You Give Your Pet This? Here Are Human Meds That Are Vet Approved

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Check out this useful drug library article on how to dose Cimetidine in dogs and in cats.

The typical dose of Cimetidine given to dogs is 3 to 5 mg per pound orally every six to eight hours. Common  doses of Cimetidine in dogs and cats are:

  •   A 20-pound dog would need approximately 50 mg to 100 mg per dose every 6 to 8 hours.
  •   A 50-pound dog would require a dose of 150 mg to 250 mg total dose every 6 to 8 hours.
  •   A 10-pound cat would require 25 to 50 mg per dose every 6 to 8 hours.

You can purchase 100 mg and 200 mg tablets OTC. If giving the 200 mg strength, the dose can vary from 1/8 of a pill for cats (25mg) to 2 ¼ pills (250 mg).

All About Diphenhydramine for Dogs and Cats

Diphenhydramine, commonly known by the brand name Benadryl® among others, belongs to a class or drugs known as antihistamines. Diphenhydramine is one of the most popular human and pet over-the-counter medications. There are different types of histamine and the kind that diphenhydramine blocks is a histamine called H1 which results in a reduction or prevention of swelling and itchiness. Diphenhydramine is routinely prescribed for dogs and occasionally in cats for the treatment of symptoms associated with allergies or allergic reactions.

Although diphenhydramine is relatively safe, it is contraindicated in pets with glaucoma, lung disease, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure and prostate enlargement. Please read more about the medications that should not be used with diphenhydramine.

Although diphenhydramine is relatively safe, side effects may include sedation, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and lack of appetite. In fact, it is these side effects that make diphenhydramine a desirable ingredient in sleeping aids in humans and is included with some “pm” drugs such as Tylenol PM or Advil PM. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not give Tylenol or Advil to your dog or cat as these drugs can be toxic!

Diphenhydramine can be used in either cats or dogs although it is less commonly used in cats due to its bitter taste. Oral use in cats can cause significant but temporary drooling.

Read our useful drug library article for more information on how to dose Diphenhydramine in dogs and in cats.

Diphenhydramine is available over-the-counter medication and available in most drug stores such as Walmart®, CVS® and/or Target®. Diphenhydramine is available in both injectable, oral tablet sizes including 12.5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg and as an oral suspension available is a 12.5 mg/5 mL oral suspension.

The typical dose of Diphenhydramine given to dogs is 1 mg per pound orally every eight to twelve hours. Commonly recommended dosages of Diphenhydramine in dogs and cats include:

  •   A 12-pound dog would need 12 mg per dose every 8 to 12 hours.
  •   A 25-pound dog would need 25 mg per dose every 8 to 12 hours.
  •   A 50-pound dog would require a dose of 50 mg total dose every 8 to 12 hours.
  •   A 10-pound cat would require 10 mg to 12.5 per dose every 8 to 12 hours.

If you are breaking pills e.g. giving a half of a pill, make sure you purchase tablets and not capsules. For example, if you have a 12-pound dog, you can give ½ of a 25 mg diphenhydramine to get close to the 12 mg dose.

All About Cetirizine for Dogs and Cats

Cetirizine, commonly known by the brand name Zyrtec® among others, belongs to a class or drugs known as antihistamines, similar to Benadryl. It is commonly used in dogs with allergic symptoms such as inflamed and/or itchy skin.  In cats, Cetirizine is more commonly used to treat inflammation of the nose and sinus. Many pet owners prefer Cetirizine over Benadryl because of its long-lasting effects. With Benadryl, you often have to dose it every 8 to 12 hours and only every 12 to 24 hours with Cetirizine.

Cetirizine is an over-the-counter medication available in most human pharmacies. Cetirizine is available in oral tablet sizes including 5 mg and 10 mg sizes and as an oral syrup in the concentration of 1 mg/mL.

Although Cetirizine is generally safe with little adverse reactions, side effects associated with Cetirizine includes sedation, lethargy, vomiting, drooling, and lack of appetite.

Here is a very good article on how to safely dose Cetirizine in dogs and cats.

The typical dose of Cetirizine given to dogs is 0.5 mg per pound orally every twelve to twenty-four hours. Common  doses of Cetirizine in dogs and cats include:

  •   A 20-pound dog would need 10 mg per dose every 12 – 24 hours.
  •   A 50-pound dog would require a dose of 25 mg every 12 – 24 hours.
  •   A 10-pound cat would require 5 mg per dose every 24 hours.

We hope you this article gave you more information on Human Meds That Are Vet Approved and medications that can be safely used in dogs and cats.

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