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Old 01-27-2012, 07:46 AM
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My vet told me I could give my sneezing cats Baby Benadryl. However, I have only found Children's Benadryl-D Allergy & Sinus (in liquid form) at our local stores. Is this the same thing and is it safe? What is the dosage I should give? On the directions for kids, it says not for under 4 years old. Children 4-5 do not use unless directed by a doctor. For ages 6-11, it says 5ml (1 tsp). Please advise if anyone knows.
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:58 AM
Location: Arizona
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If I were you, I would call the vet's office and ask. The dosage will vary depending on your cat's weight. I personally wouldn't rely on dosage info from people you don't know.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:51 AM
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You want plain old benedryl with no other active ingredients in it.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:30 AM
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I went to 3 different stores this morning. First I bought Benadryl-D Allergy and Sinus (although when I checked with vet, he said DO NOT use this one as it can cause renal failure). Then I went to another store. They had no regular Benadryl (only Benadryl-D and a generic version of Benadryl). I bought the generic. Then I went to Walgreen's and again they only had Benadryl-D and generic versions. When I checked with pharmacist, she told me the Walgreen's brand was fine. I bought the generic comparable to Benadryl with no dye. Hope this is okay.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:32 AM
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Generic is fine. I've been giving it to one of my cats - she hates it.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:55 AM
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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yes... generic or store brand is just fine....

just make ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY sure it has no other ingredients besides the benedryl.... the generic name of which escapes me at the moment.....
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:23 PM
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Like which other ingredients? The only active ingredient is Diphenhydramine HCl. Inactive ingredients are: Carboxymethylcellulose sodium, citric acid, flavors, glycerin, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, and sorbitol solution.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:20 AM
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NEVER give a cat any medication where it's even possible that it contains acetaminophen as an active ingredient (generic Tylenol). Even in small doses, it's toxic and frequently lethal to cats because their livers can't process it.

Even human livers have difficulty processing it. More liver transplants go each year to people who have acetaminophen toxified livers than any other single cause, a real pity given that many people with less acute but still terminal liver disease, die waiting for an available liver. So what may seem like an innocent OTC medication is one of the most dangerous popular remedies today. So dangerous, the FDA has come close to banning it.

So it's always best to avoid any pet medication that is a combination of active ingredients unless it's been prescribed by your vet or compounded by a respected compounding pharmacy.

Know the drugs you give your pets (and the ones you take or give your family)!!!

1 mg per pound is the recommended dosage. In small cats, it's better to err on the side of giving too little than too much. Their small body will toxify faster just like a small human will typically become intoxicated faster than average.

My qualifications: I've been running an animal rescue for over 15 years, with insufficient funding to visit a vet for every ailment or injury (almost no animal rescue can afford that). So I've had to learn to take care of all the minor needs like this myself. Also, when I was young, I was studying to be a vet (but had to drop out due to financial difficulties, not grades).
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:41 AM
Location: Wisconsin
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^^^ The above information is correct. I wanted to note that benedryl is VERY bitter once the pill is cut (and you usually need to cut a pill for a cat) and I've had difficulty pilling a cat with such a bitter pill.

If you're giving this to your cat for sneezing/allergies, there are other safe alternatives. I give our one cat Chlortrimetron (generic human allergy med) and have also used zyrtek.

PLEASE NOTE: Call and ask your vet before switching medications. I use the above medications with a vet's permission, and was given the dosage from a vet.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:46 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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Just look at the active ingredient box and make sure it only lists diphenhydramine. It's a pity all these companies make too many combination products with confusing labels...

By the way, Arzan, human livers do not have difficulty with acetaminophen at all. It is only when people take too much of it that liver cells die from accumulation of toxic metabolites. It is a wonderful drug. People just need to read directions and possess basic arithmetic skills.
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