Is Benadryl Safe For Your Cat?

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If you have an allergic reaction, it is easy for you to down some Benadryl to make your symptoms go away. As a matter of fact, a number of dogs are given Benadryl to fend off any allergic reactions. But the question is “Is it safe to use on cats?” The answer is “yes, it is”. Benadryl is just the trade name for diphenhydramine, which is safe for use on both dogs and cats. You can buy it directly if you are looking for a generic form of the drug. Whether you but it at the vet’s office, at the local grocery or online, it is the same drug, although you are more likely to find better deals online.

How to administer the drug to your cat?

The easiest and most effective way to dose kitty is to give him liquid Benadryl in a syringe. But a lot of cats refuse to take it as they are not too fond of the taste and odor. If that’s the case with yours, then visit a compounding pharmacy and ask them whether they can flavor the drug with fish or chicken. Flavored pills are also an option. Alternatively, you can try mixing it with his food to see if he’ll consume it that way. The recommended Benadryl dosage is 1 mg/pound. If you do not have a weighing scale and your cat is average sized, then a 25mg tablet should more than suffice.

What is the drug most commonly used for?

Benadryl is mostly used for allergic reactions or itchy skin, bug bites and vaccine reactions. Occasionally, it also works as a sedative. So, if you are planning to go with your hyperactive cat on a long road trip, it would be a good idea to give him a mild dose before you start the journey. Last, but not the least, it can also be used as a motion sickness or anti-nausea medication. However, if that is the only symptom you are trying to treat, then you are better off going the route of anti-emetics.

Precautions

Just like in humans, Benadryl can have a number of side effects in cats. Drowsiness is the most commonly observed side effect. In rare cases, it can cause your cat to get all amped up. If your cat overdoses on Benadryl, it can cause seizures, difficulty breathing, coma, and even death. As is the case with any medication, it is better to talk it over with a vet and find out whether it is suitable for your cat. You don’t want to prescribe medication for your cat’s symptoms on your own and then find out during the vet visit that the symptoms were part of a larger underlying condition.

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