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Anyone know anything about antihistamines causing anxiety in dogs?

My tracking trainer mentioned that she's seen it before. Just wondering if anyone else has seen it.

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We tried one antihistamine that made Levi bounce off walls in the middle of the night (so unlike my laid-back boy). He chewed on the baseboards too. We stopped that one immediately!

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There was one antihistamine my vet prescribed for one of my aussies for allergies, ( I will have to look it up, it was a long time ago) and she went nuts while taking it. She was normally very layed back, but she started pacing and walking in circles, and chewing on her legs while taking it.

So we tried Benadryl, she still reacted the same way.
 

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I know some antihistimines can make kids bounce off the walls but I never tried them on dogs.
 

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Originally Posted By: mspiker03
Is that what you were looking for????
Camper's been having some situation-specific anxiety -- he gets really anxious during a supervised-separation type situation, like in the CGC. He doesn't have classical separation anxiety at all. Only when we leave him with someone and walk away. When we're around (or when he's working, like tracking or herding), he has nerves of steel. We've been doing private lessons for this. But I mentioned in passing to our tracking trainer that he takes Benedryl and she mentioned that she's seen this in other dogs.

He never had anxiety issues. They just sort of emerged. We figured it was adolescence. But well, now, we're thinking...when did we did we start antihistamines, and when did we switch over to Benadryl, and when did this start...and gosh, what if it's all related?

My vet says that she knows this happens in kids, but doesn't have first-hand knowledge about it in dogs; she's never seen it herself. She's doing some research.

Sounds like I sound stop all the meds asap....

Poor Camper.


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we had one dog that became extremely hyper when given antihistamines and another one that became very sleepy so i cant really say, i guess it depends on the dog.
 

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Originally Posted By: 3K9Mom
Sounds like I sound stop all the meds asap....
You could always try and see if it works...or maybe try another antihistimine. We stopped that one med that was making Levi bounce off walls (pacing at night, chewing baseboards, etc), but found another one that worked.
 

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Hmm I wonder if I should ask my vet to try another kind of antihistimine. But it's good to know that I should watch out for certain side effects.

The current one he prescribed didn't really alleviate her her scratching.

Originally thought it was food related, but now I suspect it's probably environmental.

Poor Levi. I can't imagine him anything BUT calm. Except when there is a chuck-it involved ... or sheep. I have yet to see him with sheep.
 

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Gracie doesn't have any problems with Benadryl. Today she had an injection of dex....and she's pretty loopy. She will be on temeril-p for 7 days - the only change will be some panting and extra drinking but no behavioral changes.

She failed the CGC the first time because she was so freaked that I left her. The second time she was much more okay with it.
 

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Originally Posted By: 3K9Mom
Originally Posted By: mspiker03
Is that what you were looking for????
Camper's been having some situation-specific anxiety -- he gets really anxious during a supervised-separation type situation, like in the CGC. He doesn't have classical separation anxiety at all. Only when we leave him with someone and walk away. When we're around (or when he's working, like tracking or herding), he has nerves of steel. We've been doing private lessons for this. But I mentioned in passing to our tracking trainer that he takes Benedryl and she mentioned that she's seen this in other dogs.

He never had anxiety issues. They just sort of emerged. We figured it was adolescence. But well, now, we're thinking...when did we did we start antihistamines, and when did we switch over to Benadryl, and when did this start...and gosh, what if it's all related?

My vet says that she knows this happens in kids, but doesn't have first-hand knowledge about it in dogs; she's never seen it herself. She's doing some research.

Sounds like I sound stop all the meds asap....

Poor Camper.


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My dog has serious anxiety issues and they started at about 18 months old. She doesn't have separation anxiety though. She was pretty good up till then. As my trainer says it isn't until 2 or 3 years old till you really know what you have in the way of personality. I guess dogs are like humans and have to go through that teenage phase to become adults. Just work really hard at socializing and putting him in all kinds of situations.
 

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Thanks Jean & Natalie. We're going to see what Camper is like after the antihistamines are completely out of his system. Who knows? He may just be completely placid 100% of the time (in stead of 85% of the time). And yes, probably more itchy, so the Tavist suggestion is definitely something I"m keeping in mind.
 
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