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Old 01-28-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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My cat was just spayed this week and has been taking Biomox for that and a procedure where they drained fluid from her ear. My vet recently told me I could give Benadryl to another one of my sneezing cats. My just spayed cat has also started sneezing, has a runny nose, and is congested. I have been calling the vet's office everyday with one question after another. Does anyone know if it is safe to give my just spayed cat Benadryl for these symptoms as well? He informed me to give my other cats 2ml of Benadryl 2-3 times a day.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Monadnock region
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i guess my first question would be why you have multiple cats now (as in - not previously) sneezing? Is there something going around? sneezing and a runny, congested nose sounds more involved than something Benedryl might cover. I would check with your vet first, giving Benedryl might mask a problem more than solve it in this case. After akkm benedryl is just an anti-histimine, it's not a decongestant. and cats really only breathe through their noses. Doesn't hurt to inquire!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Veronica...this is your second post about the Benedryl. I must question if you are even a serious poster. Why do you refuse to call your vet and ask these important medical questions? It really isn't safe to rely on internet strangers for health advice. If you call and ask the receptionist...they will get you an answer that is specific to your cat(s).
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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I've been calling my vet everyday with different questions. Their clinic closes early a few days a week and they do not have an alternate number. There are several people on here who are actual vets and have been very helpful.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:07 AM
 
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I've been calling my vet everyday with different questions. Their clinic closes early a few days a week and they do not have an alternate number. There are several people on here who are actual vets and have been very helpful.
I am not aware of anyone currently posting in this forum who is a vet. And no responsible vet is going to give medical advice on a message board for a cat they have never examined.

Do not give benadryl to your just spayed cat. It sounds like there is an upper respiratory infection going around in your home. Your cat who just had surgery will have a lowered immune system because all her energies are going toward healing. Take her to the vet.

In fact, I'd be looking for a new vet if your vet advised you to "give benadryl to a sneezing cat" without ever having examined the cat. Beneadryl is for allergic reactions, not upper respiratory infections.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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I ended up calling the vet's office yesterday. There are two vets there and they both said to give Benadryl if the cat is sneezing, has watery eyes, and is congested (even to the just spayed cat they saw earlier this week). I have visited another site very similar to this one, and there are several people on there who are vets and very helpful. They posted exactly what our local vets have told us.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:19 AM
 
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Anyone can call themselves a vet on a message board.

I wouldn't trust any vet who would tell you it is okay to give benadryl to a cat who has just been spayed and is showing upper respiratory infection (URI) symptoms, especially a cat who has just had general anesthesia.

Benadryl is for allergic reactions, not upper respiratory infections.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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I'm not a vet, but I am a vet tech. I don't diagnose or prescribe ever, but I don't think I've ever seen my vets recommend Benadryl for upper respiratory signs in a cat. Dogs and cats generally don't have the same hayfever type symptoms that many people do for allergies. The vast majority of the time those clinical signs point to infection. Antibiotics aren't always called for, since a lot of these infections are viral. Maybe your vets know something I don't know or maybe they believe a virus is going around your home and are "treating the owner" by giving you something to give your cats to make you feel better until they recover on their own.
Just thought I'd share my experience.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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Exactly what I thought which is why I have called several times with questions about the Benadryl. Each and every time, they have said it's okay. I have also suspected Upper Respiratory Infection and did not think Benadryl would help that since I know the medicine to be for allergies. Both vets recommended it for these symptoms as well. I will get a third opinion tomorrow. Thanks so much. Believe me, everything you are telling me is what I have thought as well.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:29 AM
 
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I'm not a vet, but I am a vet tech. I don't diagnose or prescribe ever, but I don't think I've ever seen my vets recommend Benadryl for upper respiratory signs in a cat. Dogs and cats generally don't have the same hayfever type symptoms that many people do for allergies. The vast majority of the time those clinical signs point to infection. Antibiotics aren't always called for, since a lot of these infections are viral. Maybe your vets know something I don't know or maybe they believe a virus is going around your home and are "treating the owner" by giving you something to give your cats to make you feel better until they recover on their own.
Just thought I'd share my experience.

Thank you so much. I had never heard of giving Benadryl to a cat either. However, after both vets told me of this, I have researched it online on different sites, and it is the case. I have read many articles on it, either giving it in liquid form or in tablet for sneezing. But I'm still skeptical on giving it for the other symptoms I've observed. If they are not better by tomorrow, I will have to take them in, possibly to another vet.
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