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    I 'think' and so did the vet think it was possible that Hank got itchy inside from Benadryl... He's taken it before but always during the day and I hadn't noticed this. I had given it to him because of the bumps and both nights he got quite weird with acting like he couldn't relax. If this is true, would the cetirizine be a possibility for him to take if needed?? Or another suggestion to give if need be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    I 'think' and so did the vet think it was possible that Hank got itchy inside from Benadryl... He's taken it before but always during the day and I hadn't noticed this. I had given it to him because of the bumps and both nights he got quite weird with acting like he couldn't relax. If this is true, would the cetirizine be a possibility for him to take if needed?? Or another suggestion to give if need be?
    Benadryl calms Duke. This dog I swear hes super energetic. I thought Nyala beats the cake. Guess not but the benadryl mellows him. For cetirizine, idk, best person to answer your question is Dolly (brad /lynn). They did answer me regarding hives n mentioned cetirizine. Might be better in your case. I'll check it out tomorrow at Costco as they said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    I 'think' and so did the vet think it was possible that Hank got itchy inside from Benadryl... He's taken it before but always during the day and I hadn't noticed this. I had given it to him because of the bumps and both nights he got quite weird with acting like he couldn't relax. If this is true, would the cetirizine be a possibility for him to take if needed?? Or another suggestion to give if need be?
    I can not take it, it is like a sleeping pill for me. I took one 25mg pill once and could barely walk and then slept for almost 18 hours. A friend of mine can't take it cause it makes her super hyper. So if we can react like that I'm sure the pups can


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    List of possible central nervous system reactions for benadryl include:
    Ataxia, chills, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, euphoria, excitement, fatigue, headache, insomnia, irritability, nervousness, neuritis, paradoxical excitation, paresthesia, restlessness, sedation, seizure, vertigo

    So it's possible he's reacting from the benadryl. Try the cetirizine (Zyrtec,Reactine) at 0.5 mg/pound instead. Cetirizine is not sedating, but may not be quite as strong as the benadryl, but it's a lot longer acting.

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    I 'think' and so did the vet think it was possible that Hank got itchy inside from Benadryl... He's taken it before but always during the day and I hadn't noticed this. I had given it to him because of the bumps and both nights he got quite weird with acting like he couldn't relax. If this is true, would the cetirizine be a possibility for him to take if needed?? Or another suggestion to give if need be?

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    Just like every person reacts differently to medications, dogs do too. Jax can take Benadryl and he's fine, not sleepy at all. But I've tried Zyrtec a few times and every time he has thrown up.


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    Benadryl really knocked out Wally and it does for me as well... try the Zyrtec it works better for Wally.

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    Im like Christine. Im not a pill person and once I took benadryl because my hands were swelling up. Why I just dont know but it knocked me out like a light and I don't even sleep much. I felt so rested lolll. When I had my youngest back when and to this day I cannot take any cough syrup. That too knocks me right out. Pharmacist said use alcohol free, still knocks me out cold. As most women knows once pregnant your body has/will change. So yes even dogs can have different reactions.

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    Thank you *all* for all of this I can almost say I too "never" take pills of any kind... Actually i'd say a 'pill phobia', but, have in the past used Benadryl for a couple of my dogs when itchy or something, and even Hank has had and I didn't notice any reaction.. I just thought of something though.... and I'm ashamed to say,,,,, It was in my stinken head that he was 50 lbs now (even though the vet just checked and I JUST weigh him myself on my scale!! and he's only 45 lbs ) but because his weighing in before when he was real squirmy was over 50 so that's what stuck in my head... Well, I treated him with 2 pills and he's only 45 lbs... so, mabie that was just what happened to my poor no drugger boy... and the fact that we all react differently... I am also going to check out that cetirizine... I feel I 'need' to have something on hand if he gets stung or something... Thanks for all this info!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    Thank you *all* for all of this I can almost say I too "never" take pills of any kind... Actually i'd say a 'pill phobia', but, have in the past used Benadryl for a couple of my dogs when itchy or something, and even Hank has had and I didn't notice any reaction.. I just thought of something though.... and I'm ashamed to say,,,,, It was in my stinken head that he was 50 lbs now (even though the vet just checked and I JUST weigh him myself on my scale!! and he's only 45 lbs ) but because his weighing in before when he was real squirmy was over 50 so that's what stuck in my head... Well, I treated him with 2 pills and he's only 45 lbs... so, mabie that was just what happened to my poor no drugger boy... and the fact that we all react differently... I am also going to check out that cetirizine... I feel I 'need' to have something on hand if he gets stung or something... Thanks for all this info!!!
    I OD'd Jax the other day on slippery elm. The dosage is 1/4 teaspoon every 10 pounds and I was using a 1/2 teaspoon so he got too much and ended up throwing up afterwards.

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    Makes ya feel bad huh at least he outted it !

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    Makes ya feel bad huh at least he outted it !
    I felt awful! He threw up his whole dinner and that's when I realized what had happened. He also got too much Benadryl one time and that had no effect on him whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    I 'think' and so did the vet think it was possible that Hank got itchy inside from Benadryl... He's taken it before but always during the day and I hadn't noticed this. I had given it to him because of the bumps and both nights he got quite weird with acting like he couldn't relax. If this is true, would the cetirizine be a possibility for him to take if needed?? Or another suggestion to give if need be?
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