Benadryl

by Cheryl Martin
(Ft Walton Beach, Fl. USA)

Can I give my cat a very small dose of childrens Benadryl?

RESPONSE:

I would guess that a small dose of children's Benadryl would be okay but Benadryl is a drug that contains diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It can be used in cats and is usually recommended as a temporary treatment for allergies or to reduce swelling due to insect bites. It acts quickly and can help prevent anaphylactic shock (allergic reaction).

However, a vet has to determine the dosage because factors that establish the dosage are the age, the size, the condition, and the severity of the allergy or bite etc. Most human drugs are dangerous to cats so please consult your vet.

Conditions that can harm a cat who takes Benadryl is if they have eye problems like glaucoma, heart problems, hormonal imbalance or thyroid disease to name a few.

I hope this bit of info helps but it is always better to consult your vet to be safe.

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