I have jsut introduced my dog to three cats and either they are stressing her out or she is allergic to them but she is about to scratch herself silly and is begining to make bald spots. She weighs about 70 lbs and is 15 years old I have given her one benadryl what is the amount you should give a dog that size to make it affective
The dosage for Benadryl for a dog is 1 to 2 mg. per pound of body weight up to 3 times a day. Reduced dosages recommended for dogs with reduced kidney or liver function. So for a 70 pound dog that would be 70 to 140 mg. up to 3 times daily. I think the Benadryl capsules are 25 mg. so you aren't really giving enough to do anything anyhow. Drug dosages for dogs should never be guessed by the human dosage because they are usually nowhere's similiar due to different metabolism and chemistry. I have never heard of a dog being allergic to a cat though. Are you sure the cats do not have fleas or mites? Are you POSITIVE? How about ringworm?
***Edited By: luvmydoxys on 9/7/2006 9:03:11 PM*** Reason: Add
She has her flea drops on and the red spots on her skin look like a rash of some sort but not a ring worm type. More like heat rash. All the cats have had there monthly drops too. I havent seen a flea on her and no flea dirt on her skin. So maybe I need to try and let the benedrul take effect a little more.
Wow...that's a lot of Benadryl. That's 3 to 6 pills 3 x's a day.I understand what your saying about the difference in body chemistry but that amount really concerns me.
My 107# Amer. Bull was getting 1 pill 2x's a day and vet upped it to 3 x's and when it wasn't working we switched to Claritan. (Worked wonders for my dog) He didn't want her having any more Benadryl than that in a day. He was the one who told me that the dosages were based on a 150# person. I guess each vet is different.
As allows individuals should check with their vet first.
First and foremost...have the dog checked by a vet first!!!! Before making any decisions on your own about what the problem 'may' be. Guessing a cause and assuming a med can be dangerous. Have your vet give you a diagnosis, then ask about OTC treatments for it.
Benedryl dose is 1MG per pound. Though I am sure that max's out at some point. For a ginat breed.....100# and up...I wouldnt give more than 2 tabs without a vets recomendation.
My bichon who weighs about 14 pounds gets 1/2 a benadryl 2x a day So you're under dosing him. --I got the dosage from my vet. CALL your vet, tell them whats going on and that you want to try benadryl first but wanted to give them a "heads up" and ask about the correct dosage. That's what I did and they put me on hold, talked to my vet and told me the dosage. Good luck!
Dosage seems high but it is the correct dosage. Dogs have different metabolisms as people and claritin will not be as effective as benadryl. I got this from a vet and a pharmicist. Although I would limit the dose to 3 2X a day even for a giant breed, but in extreme cases, 2 in the AM and 3 in the PM
Luvmydoxy's...I didn't doubt you, it just seemed like a huge amount to me. I apologize if you thought that. Thanks for showing the book. I'm going to have to order one for myself to keep on hand..with 5 dogs you never know. It will be a great reference tool to have.
It's odd...the Benadryl did not help my dog at all and I kept increasing the dosage. The vet said no more once I got up to 4 pills per day. Switched to Claritan and in 2 days she was completely cleared up...even her fur started growing in where it was thin and she's has a thyroid problem so I thought that was a cause of the thinning. Maybe the thyroid was the reason for the limit on the Benadryl for her.
Just like people, it works differently on each individual. Benadryl does nothing for me, doesn't even make me drowsy...my husband takes one and sleeps for 16 hours straight.
Rusty~ No problem! I just didn't want anyone to think that I came up with any of that info on my own. I highly recommend that book. I have ordered so many copies of it for other people that have asked me for it and for myself too, because for some reason books are not binded well these days and fall apart easily. It gives an abundance of info for just about every drug, there is actually another page that went with the benadryl info, and even though it's a pill book you can even find some injectables in there, like oxytocin, for example. As for the benadryl, it does not work really well for itching problems in dogs that have ongoing allergies like it does in humans. Whatever results for itching that you will get from the benadryl will take a long time of daily consistent use before any results, if any, do become visible. I keep benadryl on hand at all times for insect bite and vaccine reactions, for which it is excellent for.
I once gave my beagle Benadryl for an allergic reaction as the doctor was recommending. Resultingly, my dog would aggresively shake her head as if her ears were bothering her. Turns out, dogs, like humans, may have "ringing in the ears" as a sympton of taking this med. A second opionion told me to stop the Benedryl completely and thankfully the ringing therefore stopped. My advice...make sure to give the right dosage and monitor your dog's reaction closely.
I have never heard of a dog on a daily dose of benedryl, it would be terrible life to live for a dog that was forced to take it everyday. I know from first hand experience that stuff KNOCKS YOU OUT!!! How terrible it would be to be drowsy constantly. The only time i ever used benedryl on a dog was when one of my eskies was stung by over 50 bees. Go with everyone else's reccomendation and see your vet, there could be many other things making the dog itch.
I have a pit bull who has contact allergies. Contact with grass causes her to lick her feet which softens her pads which creates sores. We had tried Benadryl for several years without much success. Our vet recommended Claritin. Claritin is a second generation antihistamine and works on the histamine receptors differently than Benadryl. The claritin has helped better than anything to date and we saw results in just a couple of days. So, don't be afraid to switch. It is available generic too.
I have two small dogs, both with apparent grass allergies. The youngest joined our family just months ago. He's low to the ground and has recently had some awful symptoms. The vet prescribed temaril. I don't like giving him steroids, and frankly they don't seem to be working. He is, as a result of the drugs, not himself - just lying around in a sort of stupor most of the time. Doesn't want to walk much. In the past I've given him benadryl as needed and that's worked better. I'm going to wean him off the temaril and replace it with Benadryl. 25 mg per day. Any other suggestions? He's still digging at his peepee. He's miserable, poor baby.
Hi, i just wanted to ad my experiences in since i did not see anyone else post it. The "hot spots" can also be caused by stress. If your dog is not used to the cats presence, the added new stress can cause hair loss, loss of appetite, hot spots which appear as red itchy patches, anxiety, destructive behavior. A multitude of things. I have volunteered with an animal shelter for years and have worked right next to our volunteer vet. We have seen animals relinqished to the shelter for these reasons unfortunately. Though i cannot give advice on how to make it better stress wise, i can suggest a topical soothing lotion like sulfodene, the salve type has a numbing agent in it to handle any itchiness or soreness associated, unfortunately the only way you will know for sure is by seeing your vet. Good luck!