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Over The Counter Pet Medications

Doses For Commonly Used Over The Counter Medications For Pets

Disclaimer!

Although these medications are sold over the counter, it is important to remember that NO drug is 100% safe for every dog and cat. Therefore, do not administer any of these medications to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. Each individual pet has unique medical considerations, and while these medications are safe for the majority of the pet population as listed, there are significant exceptions!

Antihistamines For Allergic Reactions

  • Insect bite swelling
  • Itchiness and mild skin rashes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny, irritated eyes

Diphenhydramine (available generically and under the brand Benadryl) for DOGS & CATS

Weight of pet in pounds Amount to give two to three times a day
9-19 12.5 mg (1 childrens 1/2 adult)
20-35 25 mg (1 adult)
36-59 50 mg (2 adult)
60-80 75 mg (3 adult)
Over 80 100 mg (4 adult)

 

Loratadine 10 mg tablets (available generically and under the brand Claritin) for DOGS

Weight of pet in pounds Amount to give one to two times daily
1-20 1/4 tablet
21-40 1/2 tablet
41-60 3/4 tablet
61-80 1 tablet
Over 80 1 and 1/4 tablet

 

Cetirizine 10 mg tablets (available generically and under the brand Zyrtec) for DOGS & CATS

Weight in pounds Amount to give one to two times daily
10-15 1/2 tablet
16-30 1/2 tablet
31-60 1 whole tablet
61-80 1  1/2 tablets

Antacids For Nausea/Indigestion

  • Vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Burping
  • Drooling excessively
  • Licking muzzle excessively

Famotidine 10 mg tablets (available generically and under the brand Pepsid) for DOGS & CATS

Weight of pet in pounds Amount to give one to two times daily
1-20 1/4 tablet
21-40 1/2 tablet
41-60 1  tablet
61-80 1  1/2 tablets
Over 80 2  tablets

 

Prilosec (Omeprazole) 20 mg tablets for DOGS

Weight in pounds Amount to give ONCE daily
1-20 1/4 tablet
21-40 1/2 tablet
41-70 3/4 tablet
Over 90 1 tablet

Motion Sickness

  • Cars
  • Plane
  • Train

Bonine (Meclizine) 25 mg tablets for DOGS & CATS

Weight of pet in pounds Amount to give once daily
1-20 1/4 tablet
21-40 1/2 tablet
41-60 1 tablet
61-80 1   1/2  tablets
Over 80 2  tablets

Diarrhea

Loperamide 2 mg tablets (available generically and under brand Immodium) for DOGS

Weight in pounds Amount to give ONE time only
1-20 1/2 tablet
21-45 1 tablet
46-65 1.5 tablets
Over 65 2 tablets