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Diphenhydramine (Generic Benadryl)
Active Ingredients (per capsule):
Diphenhydramine (Generic Benadryl) 52 52
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
For cats, place it far back in throat Giving Benadryl to my dogs has always been easy---just hide it in a spoon of peanut butter, and it's gone down the hatch, easy peasy. But cats don't believe in gulping down a glob of peanut butter, and Benadryl apparently tastes pretty horrendous to a cat. After some trial and error, I have deduced that it is taste-induced nausea which leads to vomiting (and of course the foaming). So I experienced the same thing as many of the other cat owners here when giving Benadryl---the result is lots of foaming and vomiting. I switched to Zyrtec, since it doesn't seem to taste as bad to a cat, but after Zyrtec failed to help with her symptoms, and by this time having had lots of practice pilling my cat, I decided to give Benadryl another try. I have found that I CAN dose my cat with Benadryl without making her sick. The trick is to place the pill far back in the throat. With the cat's head back and the mouth open, drop the pill in---aiming for the back of the throat---while trying to avoid the tongue altogether. If it lands on the tongue (even the back part) rather than in the throat, quickly push the pill back with a finger. Getting it as far back as possible without ever hitting the tongue keeps the cat from being able to eject the pill back up into the mouth, and thus never tastes the pill. Now that I am preventing her from tasting the Benadryl, there has been no more vomiting, no more foaming, and best of all, no more chewiing off her fur and sneezing fits (at least so far). 01/04/2015
very effective Buster takes one 50mg pill before bed. His sleep cycle had been disturbed but he now sleeps his regular hours and is more active when he wakes up. If I notice his breathing during the day indicates some congestion when the wind is blowing dust and pollen around, one pill relieves it within 30 minutes. His vet has examined him and agrees he has occasional allergies and diphenhydramine is the perfect solution. 12/23/2014
Not as Effective As I Thought! When I purchased this product, I was hoping for it to be a little more effective. It really hasn't helped with his constant itching, but it stopped my dog from constantly biting on his paws. It does somewhat have a calming effect on him though, and I find that they help him sleep. 11/14/2014
We started to give Lily the pills about two weeks ago and she is much better now. She was constantly sneezing. Now it is only occasionally. Appeared to work. Didn't do anything for her itching and scratching. Will work on that one 11/05/2014
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my dog is shedding alot of hair he is a mix of terrier/chiuhaha 14lbs and is itching alot wht should i do i usetreeoilskin relief but it does not help
Answer:Please consult with your vet in regards to your furry pal's itching problem as it may be allergies and need prescription medication.
I will be moving soon, and its a 15 hour drive to our new home, my pom gets very nervous, anxiety, nausea, and just starts drooling/pacing within about 30 minutes of being in the car. Hes done it since hes been a baby and is almost 3 now. Will this help as a sedative to calm these issues even make him a little sleepy for the drive?
Any tips would be helpful as well!!!
Answer:Thank you for your question. This product is designed to help stop your pet from itching and scratching. One of the side effects is drowsiness.
Answer:The recommended dose is 0.5 - 2mg per lb of pets body weight every 8 -12 hours. If your pet weighs
25 pounds the dose is 12.5mg to 50mg every 8 to 12 hours. The medication may cause drowiness so it is better to start low and work the dose up to the desired effect like giving 1/2 of a 25mg tablet every
Answer:I use to give Benadryl to my dog and it worked fine but this product is a generic and I've been using it for 2 weeks now and it seems that it's not as efficient.
Answer:Benadryl can help with allergies however the symptoms your cat is experiencing are a concern as there may be a respiratory infection present. Please consult with your veterinarian prior giving the Benadryl in case your pet has an infection.
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