Using Benadryl Spray on Dog's Paws?

August 18, 2011

My little dog has been licking his two front paws to where now they are swollen bigger than the average size. He licks underneath them. I got some Benadryl antihistamine spray and sprayed them; was that OK?


By smile1974


August 18, 20110 found this helpful
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He is bound to be allergic to something he is coming in contact with, if it is not an obsessive-compulsive type thing. My dog has nasal allergies, and he is on people Zyrtec (based on his weight), you need to get your vet to suggest the proper amount. He may need treating with steroid, or other medication as well. Anything topical is just going to encourage him to keep licking. Maybe try a cone collar from a pet supply store, or make your own out of a plastic binder cover (the flimsy type) and duct tape.

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I am going to suggest a vet trip to get rid of even one flea with a topical flea killer or in really allergic dogs, comfortis, a pill.

Then I would suggest a change in diet, a meat based food, not one that starts with Corn, or by products. I use Pedigree but there are much better dog foods on the market than that. The more you pay for food the less you will pay at the vets.


I have had two of my dogs at the vets for similar reasons. One has a bad topical yeast infection, and was prescribed a shampoo and pills which help immensely. There were tests run and everything else. It was worth the two hundred and fifty dollars I paid and I didn't pay it all upfront.

I waited until they were finished, and then I told them I could only pay fifty or so dollars right now and I would pay the rest over time. I didn't ask if I could pay a less amount now, I just did it after the vet was finished.

Here are various suggestions for after the dog sees the vet and gets rid of fleas...(certain dogs are so allergic to fleas that one flea will throw them into a massive allergy attack.)

Change dog foods and in severe cases go on a boiled chicken diet for a week and see if it helps. iF it does, it is food allergies.

Give the dog a tablespoon of yogurt and a half teaspoon of coconut oil or a good cooking oil. You can let them lick it from your hand or out of a spoon.


I would also make sure that they are not getting those cheapie treats, use treats that are one hundred percent meat. They will be more expensive but they wont make your dog miserable.

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Also if you ask your vet you will soon find they will say any number of dog foods are good for your dog..of course that is not true. If you look at the ingredients of the foods they sell their own shelves you will find some of them start with corn or by products and not real meat in the first four ingredients. The better food has meat listed as the first ingredient, and by meat I don't include by products.


If your dog is going to the bathroom all the time, as in having too many bowel movements, the food is probably corn based. T ry Pedigree. It firms the stools, and also they keep more of the food in them. The better foods are more expensive but you will find it worth it, since they will be healthier.

Pro Plan, Authority, etc. Always read the ingredients.

The dosage of benadryl for dogs is 1 to 2 mg per pound of body weight. I would start at the smaller dose at first. For cats it is 1 mg per pound of body weight, but they will drool since it is so bitter....

Give them baths once a week, and put some acv or tea tree oil in the bath, I use one teaspoon of it. They really need a bath lots of times in the summer. Also put bag balm on their paws.

Blessings, and I hope this helps! Robyn

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Probable allergy or fungus. If the dog was just vaccinated, immune system is breaking down. Check out homeo Thuja. Fungus, short term relief for feet is athlete's foot spray,any brand. Safe and effective but only for symptoms. Allergy could be from external or internal problems. Internal, food. No corn wheat or soy. That's allergy city. Google and do some raw diet, a little yogurt, good oils (fishoil or fax oil and/or coconut oil, your choice but Omega 3's.


Evo is a good kibble (or canned if there is no time to prepare). Rid your house of fleas with dry Borax. Rid your yard of fleas with natural cedercide. 5 pounds will last more than a year. Keep in touch if you don't see immediate improvement. Stay with natural things. Avoid vet if it means steroids and pharmaceuticals.

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Note: the yogurt and the oil should be given every day.

Blessings, Robyn

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Cats do not need tea tree oil ever. It is bad for them and toxic.

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Benadryl can have a sedative effect. Please see your Veterinarian before giving your fur-baby any "Home Remedy" medication. Your Veterinarian can give you the proper medication/advice on how to treat your pet. Good luck

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My dog licks her paws too. I've tried Benadryl, Lanacaine, anti-itch lotions and creams, everything. It hasn't hurt her, but it hasn't helped either.


Oh and the vet was no help either. Each of 3 trips to the vet for this ran up over $100 for the visit and $30-50 for meds that didn't work at all.

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