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    Default Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    For the last couple weeks, Jacks eyes have been watering so much
    that his wrinkles have gotten rust color.
    I dont want to switch his food cause it looks like he is really thriving on LAMB meal (from Instinct L.I.B.)

    When I had him on Salmon meal, his tear stains were non existant but he had bumbs all over his neck and rear legs..

    Anyways, today I decided its time to start him on Benedryl and I'm hoping that it will help dry his eyes.. poor fella...

    My question is,

    1) If I buy the generic form of Benedryl
    (Diphenhydramine HCI 25 Mg) will it work just as effective.? Can't hurt to try but I would hate to waste a week or two waiting to see if it would work..
    I purchased a 600 tablet bottle for only $9 online (Amazon.com)

    2) Jack is weighing about 45 - 50 lbs. Is one tablet a day
    enough.?

    Any thoughts ?
    Thanks guys..!

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    The generic works just as well as the name brand.... dosage 50 mg 2x per day
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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    I was thinking of starting Tonka on Benadryl for the same reason. He is 5 months old and has had watery eyes since we got him and his tear stains are getting bad. He seems to be doing fine on his food (Natural Balance Sweet potato and fish). He does have a few little bumps occasionally on his chin and near his mouth and sometimes under his chin near his neck but I think they might be little acne bumps?? They go away after a short -img_1225-jpgwhile. I'm a new bully owner so I have never seen what acne on a dog looks like before vs. other types of bumps.

    Is it OK to try 25 mg a day for a 30 lb., 5 month old puppy? I really don't think his food is the issue. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    Quote Originally Posted by Meggs19 View Post
    I was thinking of starting Tonka on Benadryl for the same reason. He is 5 months old and has had watery eyes since we got him and his tear stains are getting bad. He seems to be doing fine on his food (Natural Balance Sweet potato and fish). He does have a few little bumps occasionally on his chin and near his mouth and sometimes under his chin near his neck but I think they might be little acne bumps?? They go away after a short while. I'm a new bully owner so I have never seen what acne on a dog looks like before vs. other types of bumps.
    Is it OK to try 25 mg a day for a 30 lb., 5 month old puppy? I really don't think his food is the issue. Thanks!
    Hi welcome to EBN... your little man is a cutie! You can do 25mg 2x a day (rule of thumb 1mg per pound).

    As for the chin -- are you using stainless steel bowls? Plastic and ceramic can cause the issue, or at least add to it. Also, wipe his chin/neck/face after he drinks. One of the biggest maintance items for bullies is keeping everything dry (folds, face, chin, tail pocket, etc. etc.)
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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    The generic works just as well as the name brand.... dosage 50 mg 2x per day
    Yep. That is correct ! Maximus is on Benadryl also, and he is 72-lbs. and he gets 50 mg 2x per day just as 2BullyMama indicated.
    Yes, as she indicated, the generic is equivalent to the exact same active ingredient as the name brand.

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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    yes that is the correct dosage but you can start lower if you want. i am the biggest worry wart about giving sarah medicine. sometimes i give sarah one pill sometimes its 2 sometimes none depending on how she is doing that day. maybe start with one pill twice a day see how he does then you can go to two. i use the generic all the time and no problems. good luck
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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    Ok so I started him last nite on Benedryl. Its a Huge Family Size bottle containing 600 pills.! ... Anyways, my daughter accidently knocked the open bottle yesterday and all the pills went scattering on my tiled floor...

    Needless to say, We all went frantic picking them up before Jack saw what had happened.
    He saw us hurrying up to pick them up and he must have thought it was a game. He came running over and started picking them up too! How cute was that...

    Anyways, I counted only 524 pills back in the bottle.
    Minus the 2 that i had given Jack, that leaves 74 missing pills...

    Gosh, I hate when I lose stuff.


    And by the way, does Benedryl make you sleep longer than usual..? Jack slept the entire nite and when I left this morning to work, he was still snoring! Sounded like my Dad...

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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    I could be wrong so correct me if I am but I believe the dosage is 1 benedryl (or generic) for each 25 pounds of dog given twice a day. So if you have a 50+ pound dog you would give 2pills, twice a day.

    Also, giving benedryl or any other antihistamine is for temporary relief. You should make an attempt to find out what is causing the problem and try to correct it. I have been told that too much antihistamine for too long may cause your dog to get dry eye which is another bag of worms altogether. We give HRH AND me generic benedryl when allergies warrant it.

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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    Yes,,, it makes some people sleepy.. so dogs too I would assume...Id be VERY worried if I suspected that my dog ate all those pills.

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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    Gosh I hope you found the missing pills, that could be very dangerous!! And yes as everyone has said generic is the same that's what I buy. Our vet recommends 1 25mg. pill for each 25lbs. Vegas weighs 63 so he can have 50 mg. twice a day, and yes it makes them sleepy.

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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    Well if Jack is like my pups he wont just eat a pill for his life. (hopefully) Nothing else to add cuz everyone has said it all. Hope it helps tho! @Meggs19 if the bumps are on the chin area then more likely than not it is acne and you can actually use stridex pads on it if needed. Aside from the other advice you got.

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    Default Re: Gonna start Jack on Benedryl...

    @KMARINO and @BruceP

    Thanks Guys... I will start with 2 pills a day for Jack.
    I was just kidding about the missing pills. I have a weird sense of humor
    sometimes and not everyone is on board my crazy train...

    Seriously though, The 2 pills can be given at one time.? Or say, 8 hours apart.

    Thanks again.....

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