Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Benadryl for Dogs – Why I DON’T Recommend Using it

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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1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

I offer extensive consultation services - Holistic Diet, Nutrition Wellness and Holistic Behavioral, for people that are serious about looking after their dogs and cats holistically. If you want to engage my services you can contact me via email or phone.

If you are looking for additional free advice, please refer back to the articles on my site, do not contact me via email or phone - personalized service is for my clients / patients only.

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