Wednesday 19 September 2007

Is Benadryl Safe for Dogs with Allergies?

According to VetPets, Benadryl (Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride) is a fairly safe drug to use in most pets. It primarily stops the itching and calm down allergic reactions caused by insect bites and stings. Common side effects, Tylenol, its active ingredient makes your dog sleepy. Caution is advised for pregnant pets. Always discuss the use of Benadryl for your dog with your vet first as some human over-the-counter drugs are toxic and can be fatal to pets and it may also interact with drugs that your pet is taking. Your veterinarian will also give you the safe dosage range based on the weight, age, condition of your dog.

Benadryl generally does a fair job for itching in dogs but may only work temporarily. It is not usually effective for long term use. The best way to treat your dog is to find out what the cause of your dogs allergies and have her treated appropriately. Try giving your dog raw bones as this is how dogs naturally eat or instead of her regular dog food, try cooked or raw meat and vegetables for 1 to 2 weeks and see if the symptoms stops. While Benadryl relieves dog itching, it won't get rid of your dogs skin condition.