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This is a question for a vet. Is it safe to give Benadryl to

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This is a question for a vet. Is it safe to give Benadryl to a cat that is itching her sides and ears? And if so, how much is safe. She has had a Benadryl shot for this in times past.

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Yes, diphenhydramine (Bendryl) can be safely administered to cats at a dose of 1 -2 mg per pound of body weight every 8-12 hours. Expect sedation although excitation can be seen, instead, in some cats. It's not reliably antipruritic (anti-itch) and so a glucocorticoid (steroid) is usually the drug of choice in cats suffering from an allergic dermatitis - a flea saliva allergy, atopy (allergies to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites, etc.), or, less commonly, food intolerance. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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