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Diphenhydramine (Generic Benadryl)
Active Ingredients (per capsule):
Diphenhydramine (Generic Benadryl) 37 37
DIPHENHYDRAMINE product review: One of the oldest antihistamines around(brand name benadryl), this economic generic version, has as much of a chance at providing symptomatic relief, as many of the newer and more expensive antihistamines that have emerged in recent years, in my experience and opinion. I usually will dose this medicine at anywhere between one half to 1 mg per pound once to twice daily for chronic cases. For those frustrating seasonal allergy cases that can often result in endless itching and secondary bacterial skin and ear infections, the mild sedative effect is also helpful in calming dogs down during difficult allergy seasons. It will help to some degree in 25% of cases in my experience, but when I combine its use with an essential omega 3 fatty acid supplement like Super pure Omega 3 or nordic naturals pet cod liver oil, the clinical response rate in terms of symptom relief certainly climbs in my practice. I also like to use at the same time the antioxidant supplement proanthozone as well, whose nonsedative antihistamine effect can also help when used with diphenhydramine. Keeping in mind that many of these allergy cases are due to contact allergens as well, regular shampooing once to twice weekly with the soothing 1800petmeds oatmeal and aloe shampoo can also be helpful in these pets, in addition to diphenhydramine, essential fatty acids and proanthozone. Another wonderful use of diphenhydramine in pets, which also makes it an indispensable part of an animal guardian's pet medicine cabinet, is in those pets prone to sudden allergic reactions such as spider bites or bee stings, especially during the warmer seasons. Animal guardians can often save lots of money on expensive vet visits when a pet comes in from the outside with a swollen muzzle by giving diphenhydramine at a dose of 1 mg per pound every 6-8 hours as needed for the first 24 hours after such an acute reaction. This would also apply for acute vaccination reactions as well. Of course if ever in doubt during these acute sudden reactions, veterinary exam and consultation is always recommended. For more long term skin allergy use, clients need to understand, however that sometimes one type of antihistamine will work in one dog or cat and not in another, so that if there is not adequate improvement with the protocol described here over 10-14 days, I will often try a different antihistamine like chlorphenirimine or clemastine, also available from the 1800petmeds website. My overall rating of this product is a 4. Its ease of use a 5, and efficacy a 3.5, particularly when combined with the other supportive measures described here. 01/13/2009
Noticeable Results My dog's not scratching nearly as much as she was before and I'm seeing less red patches on her skin. It does make her a little tired, but I'd rather her be a little drowsy than be itchy and uncomfortable. I'm very happy with this product. 04/23/2013
My 12 year old Rag Doll Cat, Casey, suffers from spring allergies and scratches himself causing rashes and loss of fur around eyes and on neck. Have been giving 1/2 tablet each night for about a week. It seems to be helping. I see no new rashes and the old ones seem to be healing. The down side is that he hates the taste and tries to spit it out even when I coat it with his hair ball jell that he loves the taste of. It seems, however, to be worth the struggle. 04/17/2013
good product we have used diphenhydramine for some time now it was reccommended by her vet 12/16/2012
Works great!!! Having such a weak winter and strong summer, Shy, my 7lb Chihuahua/Cavalier mix was dying with allergies, her nose and eyes ran, she itched, she sneezed and coughed, and when she was outside for extended periods of time, she would vomit! This worked perfectly, her eyes and nose stopped running, her cough has considerably lessened, and her sneezes have almost completely stopped and she's been on this for only a little over a week! I give her just half a pill a day in a lump of peanut butter, and she's good to go within 30 minutes! If your dog has bad allergies I would most definitely try this! 05/26/2012
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My Cat is a flat faced Persian with brachycephlic syndrome. She had surgery to help open her nose but she still has the runny eyes and makes noise breathing. I was hoping that the liquid childrens benedryl might help, I have a medicine dropper but how much should I give of the liquid? My vet gives her injections of depo-medrol and those help for about a month but I would like to be able to treat the condition at home and save on office visits. She is almost 1 yr old and is small -a about 7 pounds
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