has anyone ever gave their dog benadryl on the 4th of july to calm him down? last year my akita was so upset he got really shakey and very upset until the next afternoon. i was told that other people have used this. how did your animal do on this medication?
Pen2 it depends on whether you have morons for neighbors like i do, they buy illegal fireworks and start setting them off a week before the 4th and it usually continues for about a week afterwards until the fireworks are all gone. some of my dogs are really stressed by the constant noise as this is done both day and night. i don't know if it would be possible to find an area where there isn't someone being equally stupid. the son of one of the local policemen had his hand blown off a few years ago as well as severe burns on his arms and face. it was his right hand and he worked in construction and has a wife and child to support. it was in all the local papers at the time and is usually mentioned again each year as a caution about how dangerous fireworks can be.i don't want to call the police for fear of retaliation by the neighbors. this is going on next door and across the street.
Yes, the 4th is scaring me here too! Over New Years we had a huge grass fire behind our house because of the idiots two houses down that decided to set off fireworks even though we're on a burn ban. I'm really nervous about the 4th. We are planning to be gone for the evening. I'm thinking I might board the babies at the clinic I work at just for the evening so I know they'll be safe.
Benedryl is safe to give. It won't sedate them completely but it will take the edge off. We used to use it in our border collie for storm anxiety and it helped a little, but not a lot. If your dog really freaks out you might want to ask your vet if Acepromazine is safe for your dog. Its not safe in all breeds so just check with your vet, but it gives more of a sedate effect.
Haha...you all have idiots for neighbors, too? I was in a pet store the other day ( shall remain nameless ) where they were giving medical advice.( yes, just the cashier giving it ) Baaad idea. Against the law? I hope so, but I don't know.... I know you guys said "check with her vet", but really, I think, that is all we should say. I mean, it depends on so many things...weight, meds taking, on and on..... But, Benadryl is an interesting idea.
I guess I should add that, though I'm not a doctor, I've been a tech for 7 years. Though I don't know individual cases I do know that in most cases Benedryl is safe. We recommend it all the time where I work for many different reasons. But again, I don't know the medical cases of individual pets so by all means ask your regular veterinarian.
Yes, we do have idiots for neighbors! I could bore you with the long story but in the end the fire department had to come out and even after the fire was out, and after they had tried effortlessly to help us get the fire out (they were too drunk to be any help), they still continued to fire off fireworks and we had to call the sheriff on them. I'll never forget that night. The scary thing was that had we gotten home 20 minutes later than we did things might have been worse. We hadn't been home 10 minutes when it started. It was really scary.
Oh, I just can't wait for July 4th. Idiot neighbors, for a week prior, during and a week after. Poor Zoe, she's petrified of them and is usually glued to my legs and shaking like a leaf....Every year. Oh fun.
I surprisingly haven't heard any yet this year (knock on wood). However, 4th of July is gonna be Hell...I live a couple blocks from where the biggest show is....I have a perfect view, but Merphy is scared to death of them. Not sure what I'm gonna do with him yet.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)
My birthday is the 5th and every year I don't go any where because I am too worried about the dogs to be able to enjoy myself.The idiots next door actually have two dogs themselves, which spend 24/7 on chains unless they happen to escape. They have lost several dogs in the past because they were hit by cars. Some people have no common sense.They buy a cute puppy for the kids and it soon is stuck outside summer and winter on a chain and barks constantly wanting attention.
I'm just grateful that it's been raining every single day for over a week because the idiots who's back yard border the back of my condo shoot fireworks straight at our decks and into the woods behind the condos. All of my critters are moving to my Mom's Friday morning anyway until I move to my new house next week. I have to have exterminators spray for termites and I won't expose the pets to that. But I have to say that Max's reaction to dog tranquilizers was way worse than any fear he might have of loud noise. Scared the heck out of me and I'd never give them to him again. It's the first 4th of July for the cats so it's just as well they will all be someplace safer.
Fireworks are the reason we let Cassieopeia into our home. The yahoos really do start the week before, but its always much worse the actual night of the 4th, especially in town, as we are not even out in the boonies. They want to outdo the actual fireworks display put on by the city, so the noise is just constant. And sadly, stray animals are often targeted with the fireworks (and passing vehicles, but that's another story!). Cassie was an outdoor cat of the neighbors, who's daughter got her as a kitten, then moved to a pet-free apartment, so guess where the poor baby went? Outside. We've seen her several times, left food and water out on our porch for her, because she was always very friendly, and a beautiful long hair cat. The night of the fourth she was scared sh*tless and instead of crying outside her owners house, she hid under the swing on our front porch and yeowled until I came out and let her in. Then she slept like a baby on my pillow all night (but wouldn't let poor Kitten come to bed!). After that, we refused to let her back out. Talked to the neighbors, who didn't really want her anyways, and the daughter was happy that she found a home. (Who thinks that a good solution to finding a home for your indoor cat is letting it become your parents outdoor cat, in the middle of downtown of all places!) Don't know how Dora will do, they have been going off all week, but not the constant noise. But last year, Albie was still a puppy, and we took him out into the country with us to watch family set off fireworks. He didn't like the noise, but soon settled down on the blanket and went to sleep.
I keep bynadryl on hand all the time but more for bee stings/ allergic reactions I dont recall my dogs ever getting drowsy on it though?? maybe I will try it on my males the next time I have a female in heat ha ha!
My dog Nellie is just now recovering from the 4th. She would not walk at night without me dragging her half way down the street. There are still fireworks going off in my neighborhood at random times that I can not anticipate (which drives me crazy and her even more crazy). I am going to try giving her a sedative next year as the behaviorlist at the shelter I adopted her from recommended. I hope it will help her!!
We gave our puppy children's benedryl to keep her calm after her spay. She's about 10 lbs and we gave her 4 ml every 8 hours. She did very well with it -- it didn't keep her as calm as we wanted -- but it was still nice.
well...we are not vets as someone already said. some vets recommend benadryl for certain dogs, but for other dogs it may be dangerous. I know that my 2 year old cockapoo gets so scared on the 4th that we have to put her in a room with no windows so that she is not seeing the lights. I also know that my dog gets seasonal allergies and the vet recommended that I give them to her in a small dosage.