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Question by Ed
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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A vet tech told me this morning to give my dog LIQUID Benadryl only, as the capsules do not dissolve and are ineffective.  I am surprised at this and would like to know your view as the dog really wants no part of the liquid.

Answer by Stacey
Submitted on 4/18/2004
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I know that last year, our Lab mix needed to be on Benadryl and she was prescribed the pill version.  We did not see that she had any problems digesting them and she seemed to see almost immediate relief.  


Answer by paula, rvt
Submitted on 4/20/2004
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i have never known our vets to prescribe anything but benedryl capsules.


Answer by meredith
Submitted on 4/21/2004
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Don't use the gel caps, use the regular tablet form and this will be just as effective as liquid.


Answer by B Carson (vet tech)
Submitted on 3/27/2006
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The liquid and the pills (gelcaps/tablets) are the same as far as being effective. Their are no problems with digesting the pills in dogs or cats. If you notice, a lot of prescriptions given to pets that are tablets and gelcaps that are specifically made for animals.
The difference between the pills and the liquid versions of Benadryl(diphenhydramine) are the doses. It is easier to provide the correct dosage with the liquid, especially in small breed dogs and cats.
The average pill is 25mg of diphenhydramine and the liquid is 12.5mg per 5mL.


Answer by Jae
Submitted on 4/24/2006
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hey, just bath your dog's with Ivory Bar Soap (avoiding eyes) and rinse then repeat, then final rinse mix 2 Tablespoons Baking soda and 1 Gallon of water in a jug....slowly pour on all skin surface, DO NOT RINSE OUT.  This neutralizes the skin and your pet will absolutely love you for the relief he gets from this----I have used this "Cure-all" remedy for 5yrs and have kept my dog's/cat's allergies at bay. When I'm out of the baking soda and have to bath my dog's without it, they immediately start itching like crazy again!!! So, I know it works.....a "country vet" gave me this advice--he said it was a much healthier alternative than traditional cortisone shots and medicine that might harm your animal by overdose or bad reactions.  Smart Doctor---I'm all for the safest method for my lovable 4 legged children...haha.  Oh, he also recommended the liquid form Benadryl---a couple drops in bread once or twice a week when dog is having extreme problems with scratching (probably allergic to fleas or some kind of weeds). I hope this bathing remedy works (Please let me know by replying to me here) and also the advise from my vet about Benadryl.  Sincerely, Julie


Answer by kara
Submitted on 7/12/2006
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yeah dogs should not take the gels because they are less affective than the regular tablets


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