My Poor Dog


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Shay.jpgWhen the weather starts to change, my sinus starts to act up. However, I am not the only one with this problem, my grandma's dog has sinus as well. Shay is a Lhasa Apso and when her sinus acts up, she doesn't know how to behave. She gets very dry skin on her belly which is very scabby because she scratches it constantly. She also drags her butt across the carpet, which is annoying and when she sneezes she sneezes out mucus. It's the most disgusting, yet saddest thing I've ever seen. No one wants to see their dog in pain.

To help Shay, my grandma gives her Benadryl, which is the same medicine my aunt gives her dog. I know that Benadryl is known for causing drowsiness and helping with runny nose, itching, watery eyes and other symptoms from having allergies. I know she is giving this to her to help her, but I wonder, is this bad for her?

Benadryl is an antihistamine that is commonly used in both people and pets. According to different articles, Benadryl is an okay medicine to use. In the article, Can You Give a dog Benadryl, explains why it is okay to give your dog Benadryl. It states that it helps relive their allergies and other factors like eye infections, skin irritations, and fleas. However, there are side effects of Benadryl. In the article,Pet MD, it states how dangerous Benadryl can be to animals, such as hyper excitability in cats, loss of appetite and even diarrhea in animals. I wonder is Benadryl the best way to relieve animals allergies and sinus?

 

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I have always heard about people giving dogs Benadryl and wasn't sure if it sounded like a safe idea. There are many side effects I found when researching this topic after reading your post. When giving your canine Benadryl you should make sure that it is because the animal is in pain, and not because you want them to sleep ! It is not FDA approved and should be handled seriously , as do all medications. The side effects include but are not limited to hyperexcitability in cats, Dry mouth , Sedation and Vomiting. These are not very positive effects and are highly likely when giving to your animal. For more information visit http://www.bellesdogblog.com/diphenhydramine-side-effects-for-dogs-benadryl/ I found it very interesting!

I have actually never heard of this idea! your article caught my attention because I too have a dog. Although my miniature dachshund does not suffer from allergies, I was still interested in hearing if Benadryl actually helped dogs. It is interesting that dogs can have similar symptoms as humans when it comes to allergies. In the article, Benadryl For Dogs and Proper Dosage, the Bunk Blog takes the pets owner step by step to avoid any alterations with the medication. Benadryl works for dogs exactly like it would for a human. It is important to give your pet the correct dosage based on how big or small they may be. Since my dog is very small and she only weighs 7 pounds, she would only receive 1/4 of the pill 2-3 times a day! The article goes into a lot more detail and explanations as to why Benadryl is perfectly safe for animals, but to keep in mind the proper dosage!

My dog has an allergic reaction to his heart worm shot so we have to leave him at the vet's overnight and when he comes home we have to give him Benadryl. I didn't think there was any risks to it since the vet said it was ok to give him, and us humans take it too.

Here are some Q&A's people should read about before they give their pup any Benadryl,

http://veterinary.answers.com/medicine/whether-to-give-your-pet-benadryl-or-not

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