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Old 03-31-2008, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Bloomington, MN
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So I went to the doctor yesterday to get my cat's annual shots & I told the doctor we were moving to Arizona at the end of May & he suggested instead of a tranquilizer (which I'd given him on our last out-of-state move) to give him Children's Benadryl for the long 13 hour or so drive? I looked at him like he was crazy, but he said it was safe.

This is our 2nd out-of-state move--the first one I got a tranquilizer from the vet. It made his eyes bug out & gave him that 'third eyelid.' He still cried most of the way there & it was not a fun experience.

Has anyone ever given their cat Benadryl or heard of this? The doctor said it would probably make him drowsy & sleep most of the way.

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Old 03-31-2008, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): can be used as an off label use in cats and dogs, You need to find out from your vet WHICH formulation he approves as there are several available with extra stuff in them that could be harmful. Have him tell you what DOSE he feels is safe also. We have a specific mg/kg dose for cats.

Your first Rx was probably Acepromazine. It has a broader dose range. So it's harder to dose a first-timer (some kids can hold their "liquor" better than others).
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Bloomington, MN
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tulegirl,
You were right--in looking at my records, he was given Acepromazine 10 mg tablets almost 2 years ago when we moved before.

And yes, the doctor did tell me that I would have to give him 7 ccs or 15-16 mg per dose of Benadryl--which is much less than what is in the adult Benadryl tablet (25 mg a tablet). He also did tell me to make sure it has ONLY Diphenhydramine in it, nothing extra.

So if I do give him this recommended dosage, will it make him sleep during the trip?
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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Sorry. no guarantee.

Just like in people, we all have a different reactions the drug. When you look on the back of the Benedryl package it says that it "may" cause drowsiness.

I have a dog with allergies. I give her benedryl when she gets into the orchard grasses and when she gets bitten by mosquitoes.... she does NOT get drowsy.

It does work for some - It's the main ingredient in Tylenol PM. (don't ever give that to dogs or cats, BTW).

I drove 2 cats from NV to OR. Both on Ace, one hyperventilated and the other slept like a baby. That was just a 5 hour drive.

Your cat may get drowsy - he may not. What ever you do, don't adjust the Benedryl dose. And keep him in an airline style carrier. Do not use the card board carriers or leave him lose in the vehicle.

Good luck.
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Bloomington, MN
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Yeah, the doctor told me to 'test it out' before the move. I think I'm going to buy some this weekend & try it out & watch him to see what happens. I know what you mean, Benadryl doesn't really make me drowsy either. Doctor wants me to test it out in case I do have to end up going back there for a tranquilizer. We'll see what happens. Any other many different kinds of tranquilizers for cats? Or is that Acepromazine the main one? Thanks for the well wishes.
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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Not really.

Valium/Diazepam would be over doing things and it's controlled status makes it a drug Vet's aren't willing to script out unless there is a medical need.

The Ace or the Benedryl may just be able to take the edge off of your kitty's anxiety. That is still going to be helpful in your situation.

Is your drive from Colorado to Arizona going to be in one day or an overnighter? Kitty really shouldn't be kept drugged up for too long.

Have you tried crating him and driving around town to see if he would settle down on his own?
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:41 PM
 
Location: South Coastal OR
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I have used Baby Benadryl for my cats for years, sometimes frequently, to treat upper respiratory infections (URI). I've never heard that it makes them drowsy, nor have I seen that it has this effect on them specifically.

Baby Benadryl comes in two forms, liquid and tablet form. I have an easier time dosing my cats with the tablet form than the liquid. Apparently, it is the flavoring in the baby Benadryl that makes the cat's mouth foam up. So, the trick is to be really quick in getting the tablet down the cat's throat prior to him tasting it too much. The very first time I dosed my cat with this stuff, her little mouth foamed up like a bubble bath, and she ran around the house shaking this foam all over the place. I thought my vet was crazy, recommending this treatment. But since then, I've learned how to dose them to reduce this reaction.

I give my fairly large cats (they weigh around 10-13 pounds) 1/2 tablet, 2 times a day. I do this as soon as he/she starts to sneeze, which is the first indication that the URI is beginning. Generally, this will ward off a full-blown infection. I've successfully treated two of my cats who both have URIs for years now. It is far better than treating them with antibiotics which do nothing for the URI itself, since that is produced by a virus and thus, incurable, but will treat secondary symptoms.

A number of my cat friends use Rescue Remedy to calm their 'nervous' cats. I use Rescue Remedy sleep formula personally, but have never used it on my cats. You might want to look into that.

Good luck with your move to Arizona.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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Just researched the Rescue Remedy and they have a formula for pets as well as humans. Says has no side effects:

Rescue&reg Remedy - Yoga in a bottle
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: South Coastal OR
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How cool is that? I think it's the same formula, though, for humans. The packaging is exactly the same as I get. I don't see anything on your link that indicates it's a different forumla than the human stuff.

I know several people who have used that for their cats for various stress situations and each person has stated it worked well. That it is more natural, I think, warrants trying it before anything else.

Thanks, deegers, for researching and posting that link!
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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PLEASE be sure to tell your vet that you use this product if your pet needs (or is already on) any other types of medicating (anesthesia, pain management, etc...). Homeopathic products can cause adverse reactions when combined with other pharmaceuticals.
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