Vet said I can use Benadryl for itching dogs with unknown allergies. Is...

Want to Give Free Dog Vet said I can use Benadryl for itching dogs with unknown allergies. Is..., ...this safe and how much do I give? I have 3 dogs with same problem, it looks like. They are all on the Advantage flea and tick drops. So, it ...


  #1  
08-08-08, 22:30
  Vet said I can use Benadryl for itching dogs with unknown allergies. Is...
...this safe and how much do I give? I have 3 dogs with same problem, it looks like. They are all on the Advantage flea and tick drops. So, it can't be fleas. The areas are so itchy that they whine, they can't chew fast enough. If not Benadryl, what do you suggest?



Reply With Quote
  #2  
08-08-08, 22:43
 
It CAN still be fleas. Advantage is NOT a repellant. There are no flea repellants out there yet for dogs or cats. So, the fleas can still get on and bite, but they die very fast after they come in contact with treated pets or areas where the pets have laid.

Some pets are extremely sensitive to flea saliva, which the flea injects when it bites. The saliva has a protein that keeps the blood from clotting while the flea takes her meal (it's the females that bite, mostly). This protein causes the itching, same as how a mosquito bite itches us.

Even if it isn't fleas, it can still be allergies. In veterinary medicine, it's common practice to treat allergies symptomatically rather than testing for specific allergens because the testing is quite expensive for many owners. It's even possible to have allergy shots (desensitizing shots) made for pets-- our clinic has a few pets that get monthly shots like this and they do help-- but again, it's rare.

Our vet uses Benadryl a lot for general allergy relief, especially for pets who can't get steroids like prednisone or Depo-Medrol, and even for those who do to get relief at home.

Our vet usually prescribes Benadryl 2-3 times a day (every 8-12 hours) at the rate of one milligram per pound-- thus, a 25 mg. tablet is safe for a 25 pound dog, half a tablet (12.5 mg) is fine for a 10-12 pound dog (or round it up to a 15 pound dog). Cats get the same dosing rate. **THIS IS NOT ADVICE. THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATION ONLY**

It can make them sleepy, but not as much as it does to us. I use Benadryl to calm my cat for travel or a vet trip. He has a heart condition that precludes other kinds of sedatives, so the Benadryl works well. I'm a vet tech and with the doctor's guidance we give him twice the "allergy" dose. He does fine with it, and he is much easier to handle when we have to do his heart sonograms. I also give him a dose when there are storms in the area because he totally freaks and then his heart starts beating too hard, and he begins to pant. He's on heart medicine, and there is no interference or cross-reaction between the two. **THIS IS NOT ADVICE. THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATION ONLY**

Talk to your vet about the specifics for your pet based on their medical history, but in general... Benadryl is very safe.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
08-08-08, 22:44
 
i would def use the benadryl i used to use it for my dog when he got bug bites in the summer...i dont remember how much i gave him but if u call the vet and tell them the dogs weight they will be able to tell u how much each of the dogs can have.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
08-08-08, 22:44
 
Benadryl is quite effective when used in proper dosages. It helps the following symptoms:
-- Stops itching
-- Controls vomiting
-- Good for motion sickness
-- Can be used as a mild tranquilizer
-- Good for snake bites
-- Useful for vaccination reactions
-- Good for bee stings and insect bites

Be sure to use only the plain Benadryl formula. Giving Benadryl with other combination of meds could be fatal, so be sure to read the box.

Liquid Benadryl is too high in alcohol content to be safely used for animals. Please use capsule or pill form.




Dosage every 8 hours
Dogs under 30 lbs; and Cats: 10 mg
Dogs 30-50 lbs: 25 mg
Dogs over 50 lbs: 50 mg
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
allergies, benadryl, dogs, itching, unknown, vet

Thread Tools
Display Modes



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:58.








Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53