Benadryl for Dogs – why I DON’T recommend using it - adverse long-term impacts on health...
Benadryl Allergy Ultra Tab, or Benadryl LiquiGels are synthetic-chemical drugs. Many veterinarians recommend one of the two products for dogs suffering from symptoms of allergies, swelling from insect stings, or spider bites, etc. If you are on social media, you will see dog owners recommending Benadryl to other dog owners. So what’s my issue with Benadryl?
If you use a Benadryl Ultra Tabs, or LiquiGels once or twice over the span of your dog’s life, there is little to no cause for concern.
Dosing a dog with Benadryl, on a regular to semi-regular basis is cause for concern – and is, in my opinion a health risk for the following reasons…
Listed Ingredients In Benadryl
Medicinal (active) ingredients – Diphenhydramine
Non-medicinal (inactive) ingredients - candelilla wax, colloidal silicone dioxide, crospovidone, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, providone, pregelatinized starch, starch, stearic acid, titanium dioxide, and talc
Medicinal (active) ingredients - Diphenhydramine
Non-medicinal (inactive) ingredients- gelatin, glycerin, polyethylene glycol, purified water, and sorbitol Capsules are imprinted with edible dye-free ink
Let’s Take a Look at Some of These Ingredients
Listed ingredient - Titanium dioxide
Titanium dioxide is a neurotoxin, that contributes to the on-set of dementia. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies titanium dioxide as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.
Listed ingredient - Talc is classified as a “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. Truth is talc, like titanium dioxide are additives that obviously do not support the maintenance of good health.
Listed Ingredient - Microcrystalline Cellulose
Microcrystalline cellulose is used as a filler (bulking agent). It is made from various ‘natural’ sources, such as GMO corn, wheat and grains, and wood. Corn, wheat and other grains are a top ‘food’ allergen for many dogs. Does it make sense to give a dog suffering from allergies, more allergens? Hidden ingredient – glyphosate residue; GMO corn and non-organic wheat are contaminated with glyphosate.
Listed Ingredient - Stearic acid is known to suppress, and cause extreme damage to the body’s T-cells. T-cells play a role in keeping white blood cells healthy.
Listed Ingredient - Pregelatinized starch. Pregelatinized starch is (typically) derived from GMO corn. Hidden ingredient - GMO corn, and glyphosate residue. The IARC concluded that glyphosate presents “sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity”.
Listed ingredient - Starch
Starch is (typically) derived from GMO corn. Corn is an allergen for many dogs. Hidden ingredient – glyphosate residue in GMO corn.
Listed ingredient - Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
PEG is a petroleum based compound that can be contaminated with ethylene oxide. Hidden ingredient ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen, and may also cause genotoxicity. As the ethylene oxide is an ‘unintentional ingredient’ the FDA, Health Canada, the FSA place no restrictions on its presence in Benadryl.
Listed ingredient – Gelatin
Gelatin used in Benadryl is sourced from the rendering of factory-farm (Confined Animal Feeding Operations – CAFO) raised animals, unless the gelatin is specified as non-GMO, or organic sourced. CAFO animals are fed a diet of GMO corn, GMO soy, and other toxic laden substances such as ractopine. Hidden ingredient – glyphosate reside, and other synthetic-chemical residues.
Listed ingredient – Glycerin
The glycerin used in Benadryl is sourced from animals (CAFO-raised) and/or from GMO corn, GMO soy or palm oil. Hidden ingredient – glyphosate residue.
While Benadryl may temporarily alleviate symptoms of allergy, use of Benadryl can also contribute to a dog’s toxic load, and, over-time create inflammation in the body, leading to chronic disease.
The FDA, Health Canada and the FSA do not consider the substances I list above, a health hazard when ingested in ‘small amounts’. However, Health Canada, the FDA and FSA do not assess; a) the long-term effect of ingesting multiple ‘small amounts’ present in a single product, or; b) the overall and accumulated impact of ingesting multiple food products, drugs, supplements and topical products containing these substances. The FDA, Health Canada and the FSA do not factor in the impact of these substances - on an individual that is already carrying a substantial toxic load.
Now you know why I do not recommend giving a dog Benadryl (or its generic version - Diphenhydramine).
So, what can you use instead of Benedryl? I will provide you with a few of the many options…
Quercetin is called ‘nature’s Benedryl’. Quercetin is a naturally occurring flavonoid found in many plants. Quercetin can be obtained naturally by consuming foods high in Quercetin, and when necessary you can augment Quercetin intake by using a Quercetin supplement. For detailed information on the use of quercetin for your dog, you can continue reading here.
Apis Mellifica 30 C – Homeopathic Remedy
A remedy for hot spots, insect bites and stings, and other swollen, puffy, watery-filled areas of redness and inflammation, eyes swollen partially or mostly shut from environmental allergies, etc. The effected are may also be sensitive to touch. When pain is better with cold and worse with heat, Apis may be the remedy for your dog.
Belladona 30C – Homeopathic Remedy
A remedy for asthma, and hay fever symptoms, hot spots that appear suddenly - the skin is bright red and shiny but dry.
The three remedies listed above are just a sampling of the many alternative medicines that can replace Benadryl. When choosing a natural remedy make sure you check health condition contradictions, and drug interactions to ensure that the remedy is suitable for your individual dog’s circumstances.
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