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Diphenhydramine (Generic Benadryl)
Active Ingredients (per capsule):
Diphenhydramine (Generic Benadryl) 41 41
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
Excellent product‚Ä¶easy to access My Rottie is allergic to the world. It was so inconvenient to break the seals on drug store products as well as expensive. Thank you for providing a good allergy med that is easy to access and works! 11/15/2013
I have been using product for 2 & a half weeks and my dog has continue to scratch. The product does help @ a minimum due to it does make dog groggy. 10/20/2013
FOAMING i tried desperately to give 1/4 tab to my cat. she foamed at the mouth and ran off. the second day, same reaction. i ordered a liquid format, but couldn't purchase it without my vet's approval Rx. 08/26/2013
disappointed To be honest . . . I had higher expectations for results and not seeing them. But sophi is allergic to 225 substances . . . so maybe her problems are to extensive. Wheat has been eliminated from diet and that made an impact. Bugs and bug bites are being dealt with. So thought the benedryl would support the problem with inhallants. Any thoughts out there on different solutions????????????????????????? 07/25/2013
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Answer:¬†The dose of 37.5 mg of Bendadryl (diphenhydramine) every 8-12 hours is within the recommended dosing guidelines of 0.5-2 mg/lb body weight. Observe your dog for any unusual behavior and report any concerns to your dog's veterinarian.
it says to give the dog 0.5 - 2mg of Diphenhydramine per lb of pets body weight every 8 -12 hours but the tablets come in 25mg Minitabs, how do I know how much .5 mg are if it is a tablet. My dog is 8 pounds so he'd need to take 4mg. I didn't see a liquid which would be easier to dose, do you have liquid form?
Answer:¬†Unfortunately there is not a liquid form. You would need to ask your vet if you are able to give a half a tab since one tablet (the high end dosage, 2 mg max per pound) would come to 16mg total you would be able to give your Furry Friend. Half a tab would be 12.5, I understand you were looking at the lighter side wanted to only give .05 mg so you would want to ask the vet to determine if the half tablet would be fine for your Furry Friend.
Answer:¬†The manufacturer recommends giving 0.5-2 mg per pound every 8-12 hours. The recommended dose for your 21 pound pet= 10 mg-40 mg every 8-12 hours. Consult with your veterinarian regarding the recommended dosage they suggest because he/she knows your pet's medical history.
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