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Benadryl or Valium

I know there are some threads already on benadryl and valium and am reading them, but I'd like to know from those of you that have given benadryl or valium, could you tell me how it affected your dog?

Were they just sleepy for a few hours or most of the day? Any side effects?

I wanted to give Gucci something for the flight and drive. The vet told me he would prescibe valium, or I could give her benadryl, but I'd like to hear if anyone has any travel experiences with either one.

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We have experience with both, but not as a travel aid.

We've used Benadryl for allergy issues and, depending on the dog, it either made them a little drowsy or not at all.

We do have a dog that takes Diazepam, which I understood to be the dog version of Valium. Is that what your vet is offering? If so, it definitely makes the dog loopy. We use it on our epileptic foster boy as an emergency med if he seizes.

I hope this is at least a little helpful.

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my vet does not approve of any medication for my dog when we travel. there have been problems in the past with small breeds not being able to adjust to the cabin pressure and if they are out of it because of a valium, not good. i give my dog benadryl only at home for his allergies. it usually makes him sleepy. i give him a 1/4 pill (he's 9lbs) and it helps with the runnny eyes and itching. there was a time when i gave him a slightly larger dose and it made him crazy, would not have been good if he was a pet in cabin! i recommend trying the benadryl now while you are home and see how it effects him.
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We have experience with both, but not as a travel aid.

We've used Benadryl for allergy issues and, depending on the dog, it either made them a little drowsy or not at all.

We do have a dog that takes Diazepam, which I understood to be the dog version of Valium. Is that what your vet is offering? If so, it definitely makes the dog loopy. We use it on our epileptic foster boy as an emergency med if he seizes.

I hope this is at least a little helpful.

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Thanks Wanda.
I think diazapam is just the generic name for valium, basically the same thing. I'm honestly leary of both... So who knows, maybe I'll end up not giving her anything!

I'm just trying to decide.

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my vet does not approve of any medication for my dog when we travel. there have been problems in the past with small breeds not being able to adjust to the cabin pressure and if they are out of it because of a valium, not good. i give my dog benadryl only at home for his allergies. it usually makes him sleepy. i give him a 1/4 pill (he's 9lbs) and it helps with the runnny eyes and itching. there was a time when i gave him a slightly larger dose and it made him crazy, would not have been good if he was a pet in cabin! i recommend trying the benadryl now while you are home and see how it effects him.
Thank you. I've read that too about the valium. There seems to be 2 train of thoughts on giving it, and both are completely different...making it difficult to decide.

Thanks for letting me know the benedryl could backfire too. I want to hear the bad effects, especially!

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My breeder recommended that we give Nico bonine (I think it's right near the dramamine in the drugstore) if he got carsick. She gave him half of a tablet before we left when we picked him up, and said it would probably result in him sleeping on the way home. Of course, we left before it had time to take effect and he threw it up in the first 5 minutes of our trip, so I never got to see bonine in action. Luckily since then Nico hasn't had carsickness so we haven't had to try the bonine.
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Kara - maybe the Rescue Remedy would work for travel also - and it is all natural ... I can send you the site with info (I put it on the thread about "scary noises") if you would like
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Thanks Sunnygirl and Cathy,

I'm going to go read up on those now! You'll have to let me know how you like the Rescue Remedy. Although, if I want to use it, I better order it pronto!

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Kara - If you have a health food store near you, they usually carry it (I'm sure if you called and asked, they could tell you over the phone). We do have a couple of stores here, kinda close by, but with my schedule lately it would probably take me a month before I could get there!

I'm actually going to try it myself when it comes in, for my own anxiety. I'll let you know if it works!!
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Hi Kara,
I have used the Benadryl and Rescue Remedy on my dogs, and the diazapam, Bonine, well, all of them I guess on myself! lol

The first time I tried the Benadryl was when we were on a long trip in the motorhome with Cooper and he got extremely anxious, I called my vet and that's what he suggested. He weighs 13 lbs and the first time I gave him a whole adult pill, which was 25 mg, and it knocked him out so that he dozed on my lap as we drove. It didn't last a very long time, maybe 3 hours total, at the very very most, and it acted quickly when I gave it to him. After that I gave him a childs chewable, which was much harder to get down him and half as much, 12.5mg I believe. It didn't slow him down much at all. I had no bad side effects from it and like I said, no lingering symptoms.

I had no luck at all with the Rescue Remedy.

When I used Bonine, it never made me sleepy, just kept me from getting sea sick, so that might work great if you have a motion sickness problem, but I don't really know about calming her down.

Last time I was at the vet I got a pill for Cooper for our next long trip. The vet said it would make his sleepy for about 10 hours and take about an hour to take effect. I haven't tried it yet but the name is Acepromazine. It's 10mg and he said to use 1/2 to 1 tablet.

Have a wonderful trip! Hope this helps.

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