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I see people on here and have heard my rescue group talk about giving greys Benadryl when stung or bitten.


What version of Benadryl do you get? I looked in the store and there are like 5 kinds..kids, adults, grape, cherry, tablets, liquid. Help a cluless lady out please..

How much would you give a 86lb grey?


Also what do you stock in your dog first aid kit?



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Just plain old 25mg benedryl (diphenhydramine) tabs. No flavors or anything like that.

Typically its 1mg per pound. With my Fusion who is about 72lbs-I gave him 3 25mg tabs when he had an allergic reaction to penicillin.


In our doggy first aid kit we have: Gauze, vet wrap, BagBalm, hydrogen peroxide, kid socks (in case of foot injury), scizzors, benedryl, medical tape, A&D ointment, and a few other knick knacks I cant think of.

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I just get a generic brand. I order a bottle on Amazon and keep it around because I take one to help me get to sleep some nights. I'd just make sure that it's diphenhydramine only and not mixed with anything like acetaminophen, and you should be good.

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It's critical you do not buy "Benadryl Allergy/Sinus" formula with the decongestant in it! It must be plain Benadryl (diphenhydramine). I get the generic stuff on Amazon.com. Oddly, dogs take nearly twice as much as people.


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Basic dosage works out to 1 mg per pound, every 8 hours. The typical pills or capsules are 25 mgs, so an 80-pound dog could take three pills every 8 hours. Don't get the liquid; it may contain alcohol or be sweetened with xylitol, which is toxic to dogs, and the dosage with the liquid is different. Don't get capsules/pills with fever reducers or anything like that. Active ingredient diphenhydramine, and nothing else. http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/benadryl/


Typically, an insect sting is most dangerous if it happens in the mouth or someplace like that where it can interfere with the dog's airways. If your dog is stung, don't wait at home to see if your dog is going to have a bad reaction to the sting. My boy once spat out a red wasp. I didn't think he'd been stung--he wasn't howling or anything--but I didn't want to take a chance. He'd had benadryl that morning for his regular allergies, so I just popped him in the car and headed for the vet's office. Once there, we sat in the waiting room for about 15 minutes until I was sure he wasn't having a reaction. Then we went home, having spent nothing but a little gas and time by taking that precaution. But if he'd had a reaction to the sting, waiting at home to see the evidence of a reaction could have been fatal, so at least we were sitting in the safest place.

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I think Kirkland is what I have. For me just 25 mg makes me drowsy if I'm having trouble sleeping. I've never noticed the dogs seeming drowsy on it when I have given in the past though.

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I used it for Kasey who had allergies.....it never helped him. It doesn't hurt to give it a try but don't expect it to be magic. I'm sure it serves a purpose, but didn't serve our purpose - on something it was meant to work on.

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