Itching and Benadryl

Old 01-25-07, 06:14 PM
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Itching and Benadryl

My 4-month-old Boston Terrier began scratching the inside of her legs since I got her last week. The breeder says it's probably due to the anxiety of new surroundings and owners and that the scratching would go away in "a few days". I have monitored her condition and finally called the vet, who told me I could use Children's Benadryl (about 5 to 10 mg) to relieve the itching.

The puppy has not yet broken skin, but I don't want to wait until she does. I would really appreciate hearing from anybody who has had experience with this problem and with the Benadryl (liquid intake).
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Hi Pipsisiwah,

I have used Benadryl tablets for my dogs and found it helpful. I am wondering if there has been a change in your dog's diet though. Sometimes a diet change or allergy can cause this type of problem. Are you feeding her the same food she had before she came to live with you? I don't know where you live, but if it's a warm climate she might have an allergy to something outdoors.

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Not commenting on whether it's the right remedy, benadryl is generally ok to give to dogs. Kind of odd, but it knocks some out and others are not the least bit drowsy after taking it.
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I'd try the bendryl, but I would try to find the dosage without dyes or flavors. Maybe he just needs to get acclimated to the new environment.

My dog chewed himself raw after a move when he was about a year and a half. The vet gave him a steriod shot, and warned me he would need one every 6 - 12 wks, but after that first shot, he cleared right up and stopped chewing. [Still loves having that spot scratched though.]
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Itching is usually a sign of allergies. The source could be inhalation of pollens, moulds or house dust, insect bites and stings and direct skin contact with chemicals in soaps and detergents, carpets, flea collars, plastics etc. Some have food allergies. Contact allergy (shampoo, bedding, or other)? Switch to anti-itch/sensitive skin shampoo.

Some Boston Terriers are allergic to corn and food products that contain corn. Some have wheat allergies. Some are allergic to soy. Check your labels. Switch to allergy sensitive diet.

Low thyroid can cause itching. Vet should be able to rule out any underlying physical problems. Then, it will take time and persistence to narrow down the source of any allergy. In dogs, like humans, they can outgrow an allergy and even develop a new one.

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