Hydroxyzine Allergy Medication For Dogs

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This page is dedicated to information regarding the use of hydroxyzine in dogs. You will find dosage information, side effects and safety guidelines in the following article.

Hydroxyzine, also known as “Atarax” or “Vistaril”, is an antihistamine drug sometimes used in dogs to treat not only allergic reactions, but is also employed occasionally in the treatment of anxiety due to its sedative effects.

Hydroxyzine dosage for dogs

The standard dosage of hydroxyzine for dogs is 1 mg per pound administered every 8 to 12 hours. The medication comes in many forms including a liquid solution, tablets, capsules and even an injectable form most commonly at concentrations of 25 to 50 mg per ml. It’s a good idea to sek veterinary approval before using hydroxyzine.

Is hydroxyzine safe for dogs

Hydroxyzine is safe for dogs when used responsibly with approval from a vet. Hydroxyzine may interact with several other drugs and cause adverse side effects in animals with particular medical conditions, so it’s important to practice caution.

Safety precautions

  • Notify the vet of any existing medical conditions your dog has
  • Avoid use in dogs with urinary or intestinal obstruction
  • Avoid use in pregnant or nursing dogs
  • Notify the vet of all other medications your dog is taking
  • Do not mix with MAOIs

There are several other drugs which may interact with hydroxyzine, most notably tranquilizers, barbiturates and epinephrine just to name a few. Your vet will be able to advise you further in terms of this. On the same note, a number of medical conditions such as glaucoma, high blood pressure, lung/heart disease and prostate enlargement may cause complications during treatment with hydroxyzine. Seek veterinary approval prior to usage of this medicine and look out for signs of allergic reaction (though rare).

Uses of hydroxyzine for dogs

Hydroxyzine is commonly employed as a treatment option for several ailments including:

Side effects of hydroxyzine use

The most common and prevalent side effects are sedation, fatigue and weakness. You may also notice a loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and increased thirst. At the recommended hydroxyzine dosage for dogs, side effects should be mild. Please note that animals may be allergic to antihistamines, so caution should be practiced when using this drug. You should seek urgent medical attention if your dog appears to be having a bad reaction to the drug and begins displaying symptoms such as a difficulty breathing or other serious sides.

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