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Benadryl for dogs ok?????

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When my 3 guys were scratching like crazy the vet said to give them 2mg of Benadryl per pound. Since Freddie is crated for 2 weeks, due to his sprain, can I give him Benadryl just to make him tired? I'm not working 8 of the 14 days, so he would only be getting it for 7 days. I just thought it would be something to take the edge off. With no exercise and having to be crated for so long, bully sticks and flossies only go so far!

PS. I said he tore tendons, I did mean ligaments. Big difference!





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Linda, I would check with the vet just to make sure it doesnt react with the medacine Freddie is already taking.

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That's good advice Leeann! I second that.

Linda.....I have tried Benedryl w/ Gucci, and it did NOT sedate/relax her at all,. In fact, it had the opposite effect on her..she got WOUND up, nervous, anxious and jittery (and this was a lower dose than my vet authorized!)

So, just like humans, there are some dogs that will get more anxious on it.

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Hi Guys,
When my 3 guys were scratching like crazy the vet said to give them 2mg of Benadryl per pound. Since Freddie is crated for 2 weeks, due to his sprain, can I give him Benadryl just to make him tired? I'm not working 8 of the 14 days, so he would only be getting it for 7 days. I just thought it would be something to take the edge off. With no exercise and having to be crated for so long, bully sticks and flossies only go so far!

PS. I said he tore tendons, I did mean ligaments. Big difference!
Linda,
You might try Rescue Remedy if you are just wanting to "take the edge off". It is all natural ingredients and a safe calming aid. Can be used for humans too. Petco or Petsmart sells it now too.
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The vet suggested Benadryl for Jax to see if it would calm him down so he could stop puking while we drive in the car. Well, it didnt. I didnt notice any change.

Linda, i could not imagine having to crate up any of my dogs for that long. I really feel for you. Keeping Jax still for a week after being neutered was bad enough(i didnt do that great of a job to be honest!). Hope it goes by quickly.

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He is supposed to be crated at all times, except to go potty. I have been putting him in a carrier for our hikes, letting him out only to potty and graze. He has tried to run a couple times, but only on our hikes. At home, he just rests wherever I put him. I set up an small x-pen for the 6 days I will be working. I just couldn't get myself to keep him in a crate all day! The pen just gives him a tiny bit more room to lie down, potty if need be, and eat. I'll have him so drugged up he'll sleep the day away! hee hee





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My black lab, Licorice, had allergies very bad and mulitple vets said to give her people Benedryl. It worked for the itching at first, but then would not work anymore. I think they can get immune to it so if you want to use it for other purposes, I would be aware of this possibility. Also Licorice would be sleepy the first couple of times when I gave it to her, but then, it had no effect on her that way.
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Linda, I gave my Sheltie Benedryl, 12.5 mg and she was 16#. It didn't seem to affect her at all! The vet was going to give me something to make her relax during a long car trip but we never got a chance to use it as she died (old age and cancer) before our trip. So maybe the vet can prescribe something?
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I agree - I would try the rescue remedy first . You do not want to sedate your dog ..
I asked the vet about car sickness and she recommended dramimine ..
I gave him Bonine instead as I did not want Cosmo to be dopey and drowsy .. it worked well for him .. Just took the edge off ... I wanted him to enjoy meeting his friend Willie - the bichon .. I did not want him sleeping on his playdate ..
You might try that Dramamine as it makes them a little more drowsy - a quarter tablet in a pinch when he really needs to rest .
Trust me they do not think of their crate as jail .. They feel safe in there.. It is probably the best place for him to be as his mobility is limited .. That is what he needs right now .
We know he would rather be hiking and playing but you do not want him to reinjure it and perhaps then need surgery ..
Benadryl is for allergic reactions . It work for some people and dogs and for other it may not work as well or not work at all .. I gave it to Asta after he had been stung by a wasp .. It did not make him sleepy at all but it helped with the wasp sting sensation and swelling .. I also gave him rescue remedy first - then the vet recommended the Benadryl .
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My vet has recommended Benadryl for allergies and the dogs had no adverse effects. I have used Rescue Remedy for car anxiety, but that didn't work at all. Shelby is fine in the car, but Kodi is a wreck. He just needs something to calm him down. If he is in my lap, he is fine. Otherwise, he is crazed. He has been that way since we got him.


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