Pet Safety: Is it Safe to Give my Dog Benadryl?

Many pet owners are tempted to use human medications from their medicine cabinet to treat their dogs at home.  During the springtime allergy season, this becomes an important issue.  This is a huge pet safety concern. Without knowing the side effects, or if this medication is even safe to give to your dogs in the first place, pet owners can unknowingly harm their dogs.


It is true that veterinarians will administer Benadryl to dogs to treat anxiety, allergies, and motion sickness. But, Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique urges you to consult with a pet expert before giving your dog medication! The FDA has not approved Benadryl for veterinary use even though it is still commonly used by vets in the U.S.


Humans and dogs react very differently to prescription and over-the-counter medication, so please know the pet safety facts first.


This article discusses pet safety and what you need to know about giving your dog Benadryl.

What is Benadryl and How Does it Work on Humans?

The common name Benadryl is actually a brand name for the active ingredient diphenhydramine which is a “first-generation ethanolamine-derivative antihistamine.” In other words, Benadryl is classified as an antihistamine that can cross the blood-brain barrier making the drug very effective.


Diphenhydramine acts as a receptor antagonist to received histamines in the body. Symptoms of springtime allergies like sneezing, itchiness, and hives are relieved once histamines are blocked.


The body is still producing histamines but the receptor antagonist stops the receptor from registering histamines. It’s kind of like trying to leave a voicemail on a full mailbox.

Pet Safety: How does it Work on Dogs?

The same clinical functions Benadryl has in humans is also active in dogs. Keeping pet safety and your vets advice in mind, Benadryl can work to treat seasonal allergies, food allergies, or skin allergies.


Allergy Symptoms Include:

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Redness
  • Runny nose and eyes
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Anaphylactic reaction


A side effect of Benadryl is drowsiness, which can help anxious dogs during a thunderstorm when holistic methods like aromatherapy need clinical administration.


If your pet experiences anxiety during travel, use of Benadryl can also be effective. Keeping extra Benadryl tablets in your pet safety first aid kit might be a good idea for traveling with your pets, once approved by your vet.


Veterinary manuals use the drug to treat symptoms of mild to moderate motion sickness. Veterinarians also use Benadryl during heartworm treatment therapy. Benadryl can counteract symptoms of allergic reactions caused by the treatment.

Be Aware of the Side Effects

The reason pet owners need to exercise pet safety techniques and talk to their vet first before giving dogs medication, is because it might worsen a preexisting condition or work adversely with other medication.


The following conditions do not interact well with Benadryl in dogs:

  • Angle-closure glaucoma
  • Severe heart failure
  • Prostatic hypertrophy
  • Bladder neck obstruction
  • Seizure disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Allergic lung disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Dosage and Avoiding Overdose


Veterinary journals recommend giving dogs 1 mg of Benadryl per pound of body weight two to three times a day.


If you opt to use liquid Benadryl, use the children’s’ formula which does not contain alcohol. Be wary that children’s liquid formula has different dosage levels than the typical drug.


Never use time capsule release pill tablets! Capsules are absorbed differently in humans than dogs and can also rupture in a dog’s mouth delivering all the medication instantly. This can lead to an overdose—a pet safety issue that is easily avoided and can lead to a vet hospital visit or even death.


A sign of an overdose is the hyper-excitability of the central nervous system and can be fatal.


Other symptoms include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dilated pupils
  • Agitation
  • Constipation
  • Seizures


If you believe your dog might be experiencing a medication overdose contact your veterinarian and visit an emergency veterinary hospital immediately.

So, Benadryl is Relatively Safe?

With proper pet safety instructions, the right dosage, and chaperoning from your veterinarian—yes Benadryl can be safe for dogs.


With all medications, please observe your dog’s behavior while first trialing drug usage. Make sure your dog does not react abnormally to the medication before proceeding. Please read all pet safety instructions and monitor expiration dates.


Using an antihistamine medication might be an answer to your dog’s allergies in the spring, but make sure you’re doing this properly for your pet’s safety and health.


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Dachshund Speaks Nostalgia to His Dog Toy

Watch This Dog Toy Video: The Emotional Range of Dogs

At Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique we believe in something called anthropomorphism. A long word that means assigning human qualities to animals. When we see dogs smile we believe they are happy. When we see dogs frown we believe they are sad. When you give a dog his favorite dog toy, chances are he’ll be showing off the pearly whites.  

This video captures this concept of anthropomorphism. It shows a Dachshund dog, Finn, being reunited with one of his particularly favorite squeaker toys. Apparently, Finn adored this dog toy as a puppy. In the video, Finn makes the classic dog whine when he sees the toy again. The dog paws and chews at the pig with gentle familiarity.

Whether or not the dog is behaving this way out of sentience or because he possesses a complex emotional spectrum is not really important. What is important, is that when Finn sees the dog toy he reacts. His reaction is interesting to us because we perceive it as a cute humanistic trait. Everything else is conjecture. We also promise to never be this philosophical again. We just really liked Finn and his ‘love’ for his pig dog toy.


Splash and dash Groomerie & Boutique hope you enjoyed the video!


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Corgi Puppy Experiences Sweet Life of Pet Spa

A Slice of Life from the Pet Spa


Watching this video is sooo relaxing. It’s almost like an optical illusion—almost like you’re the one getting the massage. Watching this baby Corgi experiencing the magic of the pet spa is as cute as it is calming. You can literally watch the tension melt away from this dog. His eyes are close—the faint hint of a euphoric smile across his snout.


Dogs feel stress too, just like humans. And, just like humans, they need ways to de-stress and relax. Some animals suffer from anxiety caused by thunderstorms or owner separation. Unhealthy doses of cortisol releasing from the pituitary gland can make animals behavior change. This is why many pet experts advise balancing pet wellness with a healthy diet, exercise, and a stress-reducing visit to a pet spa.


Also, as pets age, they develop stiff joints, arthritis, and soreness. The comforts of the pet spa like aromatherapy, massaging, and dog grooming all alleviate these old age debilitations.


Science aside, and cuteness as the focal point. Look at this Corgi puppy. Does he look stressed to you? We at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique believe it is safe to say that at the very least, this dog is enjoying himself. His trip to pet spa, and into the hands of this pet massage therapist is just what he needed.


Good for you Corgi Puppy. Good for you….


We at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique hope you enjoyed this video and bring your loved one in for some R&R sometimes soon.


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Six Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Dog’s Pet Health

As we tick off March 20th in our calendars spring is officially in the air! Spring is a time of rejuvenation, blooming, and…cleaning. With the snow melting—giving way to flowers it is time to bust out the pet health cleaning supplies and give our dogs a thorough spring cleaning.


Pet health experts advise, just like humans, that a preventative pet health check-up takes place once a year. So, what can pet parents do for doggie spring cleaning before taking our pets to the vet?


This pet health article walks pet parents through six tips to freshen their dog up with doggie spring cleaning!

One of the Most Important Parts of Pet Health: Physical

Speak with your dog groomer next time you bring your pet in for a grooming or give your pet an amateur physical yourself. (Sometimes it helps to have professional eyes take a look). Give them a head-to-tail inspection. Look at their nails, between their pads, eyes, ears, and mouth.


Look for unusual things or things that look out of the ordinary like contaminants getting stuck to the skin. Look at your dog’s coat. Is there coat shiny and healthy looking? Is your dog gnawing at his skin? Fleas and ticks are active all times of the year but can be more prevalent in the spring so look out for bites.


Finally, even if you found nothing out of the ordinary, spring is a good reminder to take your dog for a veterinary physical just to ensure your pet’s health is optimal.

Preventative Pet Health Care Through Dog Grooming

Dog grooming is part of preventative pet health care you can provide for your dog. Brushing prevents matting and restores the natural oils a dog produces to balance pH levels. Nails need to be trimmed regularly. When nails grow overly long they can torque the spine causing bad posture, discomfort, and are more likely to become ingrown.


Another dog grooming routine that needs to happen regularly is teeth brushing. Dental disease is on the rise, and the best way to take care of a pet’s oral care is to brush their teeth. Bad breath, tartar buildup, and irritation of the gums are all red flags. Never use human toothpaste with dogs! It is toxic!

Inspect your Pet Supplies

Just as your dog’s pet health relies on maintaining physical health, their equipment and pet supplies need to maintained too!


Wash your dog’s collar, leash, and dog bowls. Dirt accumulates underneath the collar and irritates the skin. Also, check that your dog’s collar is the appropriate size of their neck. Check for any cracks in their leash.


If any toys are chewed up and caked with saliva, it is probably time to throw them away! Bacteria will grow on dog bowls that have not been disinfected recently so be sure to do this.


Pet health is a continuous process, but let spring cleaning be a fun reminder!

Clean Out the Dog Toy Box

Any toys that are not passed the point of no return and just need a wash, go ahead and clean them. Rubber chews like KONG balls need to be boiled every once in awhile. Any toys that are too frayed and chewed up are better thrown away.


Inspect your pet’s dog toy box itself. Does it need to be disinfected? Chances are it does. As pet supplies go in and out of the toy box, saliva-caked toys fester at the bottom of the bin collecting bacteria and mildew.


Clean Up Your Dog’s Favorite Spots

Dog beds and blankets need to be cleaned routinely with hot water to kill any fleas that may have found their way into the foam. If your dog lounges on a particular couch cushion you will want to clean this area. Use a vacuum or a damp sponge to rake loose hairs off couch cushions. If the foam in your dog’s bedding looks beyond repair, go ahead and replace it. Being proactive about cleaning is being proactive about pet health!


Scoopin’ the Poopin’

If you live in a Northern state, chances are no one has been outside for the past several months except for the dog to do his business. Grab the pooper scooper or a shovel and get the yard clean while everything is still frozen.


A clean yard—with animal wastes removed—is a good play area for your dog for the spring. If fecal matter is left without cleaning, this could present pet health issues.


Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique wish you luck with your spring cleaning, and hope we can assist in keeping your pet healthy and happy!


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Pet News I Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day With 5 Irish Dog Breeds

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope you’re wearing green, and remember, if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough! Today we thought we would include some shamrock style pet news for you and your dog’s paw-liday.


St. Patrick’s day is all about the stealth of the leprechaun and pots full of gold at the end of each rainbow. From the pet news side of this Irish holiday comes five dog breeds all from the Emerald Isle!


The Irish Setter

The Irish Setter was first acknowledged by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1878! Two years previous, the first Irish Setter made pet news by winning a championship in the U.S. dog show. His name was Elcho. The champion sired 197 puppies establishing the breed for good.


The setter is known for its elegant mahogany coat and their swift hunting skills used in ancient Ireland. Irish setters are very high energy. The dogs haven’t forgotten their rich history as Ireland’s sporting group dogs. Also known for their sweet-natured disposition, and happy outlook, many believe Irish Setters make great companions.

The Irish Wolfhound

Wolf is a word that makes pet news often as the ancestors of the Canis Lupus Familiaris. Like a wolf, the Irish Wolfhound is a massive dog with a minimum height of 132 inches and weighing at least 120 pounds! Good thing they were so big, back in Ireland they were used to help hunt wolves!


The Irish Wolfhound is considered a galloping hound and its body matches the description. Wolfhounds have a long coat with a muscular build. The temperament of the Wolfhound is described by the AKC as “calm, courageous, and dignified.” No surprise when considering this dog breed was an integral part of Irish Mythology as one of the Celtic hounds.

The Glen of Immal

The Glen of Immal dog breed is a direct product of the Irish Rebellion. During the British Rule in 1570, Queen Elizabeth sent Fleming and lowland soldiers to stop the rebellion. These soldiers brought their dogs with them to become what we now recognize as the Glens—named for the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland.


The breed first appeared on the pet news scene as recently as 2004, when they were recognized by the AKC. Glens were originally used to hunt underground vermin like badgers and are great at burrowing. The Glen of Immal is still classified as a working dog for its physical attributes. Glens have a medium coat and very muscular appearance. The dogs are strong enough to pull Badgers from their hole and cute enough to pull at your heartstrings. (Sorry, we couldn’t help it).

The Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniels, also known as Rat-Tail Spaniels, Whip-Tail Spaniels, and Shannon Spaniels. The hunting dogs retrieved waterfowl along the shores of Shannon River, West of Ireland.


King James I of England gifted an Irish Water Spaniel—the finest of hunting dogs—to the King of France. This was the first Water Spaniel in France and the breed has come a long way in pet news since. These dogs epitomize hunting dogs being brave, hardworking, and playful.


Irish Water Spaniel coats are a dense curly top knot with the dog’s face being ‘naked,’ and smooth ‘rat’ tail at the end. Must be the luck of the Irish!


The Irish Terrier

Remember “Lady and the Tramp?” Remember Jock from “Lady and the Tramp?” Well, if you do, you’re remembering a significant part of this breed’s pet news forever immortalized in Disney cinema. The animated character Jock was illustrated to resemble an Irish Terrier.


The Irish Terrier is hugely popular in Europe but is gaining steam in America too! The roots of these dogs trace back to 1879 in Dublin, Ireland when the dog’s first started appearing in pet news.


Six years later, the AKC acknowledged the Irish Terrier and many speculate the Irish Terrier as a possible origin of the first Terrier breeds. The Irish Terrier is most distinguishable from it’s unmistakable ‘beard.’ The dogs are said to be “bold, dashing, and tenderhearted” by the AKC.


Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique loves dogs of all breeds, of all origins, but raises green Guinness pints in celebration of the Irish ones today!

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Pet Groomers Give Dog a Second Chance for Adoption

Pet Groomers Give A Dog A Blessed Gift


This video introduces Charlie to the world. At the time Charlie was rescued two years ago, he was thought to be around three-years-old and a Terrier Mix of some kind. Unfortunately, because of the millions of animals entering shelters year-round, Charlie was placed at a high-kill facility. Statistically speaking, most animals don’t last a week. Many find good homes. Others are not as lucky. Charlie was one of the lucky ones thanks to pet groomers.


When Charlie was first found on the streets he was covered in matting—when hairs interlock into knots that damage skin and coat growth. The dog’s hair was so long many couldn’t see the lovable little face underneath his overgrown homeless coat. Some pet groomers rolled into the rescue organization Charlie was in and gave the poor dog a complete makeover.


Watching a time lapse of pet groomers attending to this dog is truly inspiring. What is even better pet news is that the dog was adopted only two days after pet groomers came and cleaned him up. Charlie’s second chance really came from a haircut and the loving groomers were able to give.


Not every animal is as lucky as Charlie.


Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique hopes by doing our part as pet groomers within the rescue community we can change the statistics for homeless animals in this country.


We hope you enjoyed this heartwarming video!


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Dog Grooming Adorable Rescue Puppies

Dog Grooming: A Welcomed Treat for All Dogs


Our hearts just about melted as we watched these Pit Bull Terrier puppies getting their first dip into the world of dog grooming. Altogether there were five adorable little guys all rescued and up for adoption. The rescue organization that saved these little guys is called Home At Last Dog Rescue.


The rescue services employees named all the puppies after their favorite Harry Potter characters: Poppy, Draco, Hermione, Alastor, and Bellatrix. These doggies are probably around two to four months old and are in need of a loving home. We are so thankful for dog rescues organizations like Home at Last for providing shelters, food, and dog grooming.


Home at Last Dog Rescue give their dog grooming tips in the video as  hilarious annotations:

  1. Drink Water
  2. Try to Escape
  3. Shake Everywhere
  4. Give Kisses
  5. Make a Mess
  6. Plenty of Treats


Judging from the ecstatic look on each of these puppies’ faces after the bath they loved their dog grooming experience.


Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique loves this video because it helps dogs like these find homes and prompts people to get involved.


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Five of the Hottest Trends in the Pet Industry

5 Hot trends in Pet Industry


  1. Natural Pet Products

Premiumization which refers to a marketplace push for human-grade, high-quality, and sustainable products is becoming increasingly popular with consumer trends. Consumers are becoming more GMO conscious and want to reduce their carbon footprint.


  1. Specialty Pet Service Drives Industry

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) reports spending in the arena of high-end dog grooming to continue to rise briskly in the sector of novelty services. Spa and other holistic services are also on the rise.


  1. Pet-Friendly Travel

Since the Department of Transportation’s ruling last year to make airports that receive more than 10,000 passengers annually install regulated doggie relief areas the pet friendly travel market has been swelling. Retail and hospitality industries have accommodated for the consumer increase.


  1. Pet Health Insurance

Insurance for pets has been available for the last three decades, but has only recently picked up in favorability. The trend is expected to burgeon dramatically reinforcing the idea that consumers are regarding their pets as family and prepared to take care of their medical expenses.


  1. Mobile Pet Grooming

With boomers retiring and becoming homebound, many specialty grooming services are including home-visits or doing all their business by truck. Even though mobile grooming remises retail opportunity, the trend is rising.

How Big is the Pet Industy?

Pet Industry Market Size Statistics

  • The Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditure is projected to end at $62.75 billion.
  • The Pet Industry has grown over 269% from 1994 to today and is still continuing to expand.
  • Last year, $23.05 billion dollars of sales was for pet food.
  • $14.28 billion consisted of supplies while $5.41 billion accrued from services like grooming.
  • 54.4 million U.S. households report to own at least one dog.
  • There are 77.8 million dogs owned within America.
  • The pet franchise is recession-proof and actually grew almost 18% during the years of the Great Recession.
  • Most retail items sold by Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique have above high margins because products are high quality.
  • 189,384 individuals are employed in the grooming industry alone.
  • Around 103,996 different businesses exist within the grooming industry with an average growth rate of 8%.

Splash and Dash Releases Aromatherapy Line

Dogs interact with the world through their noses.

During stressful times like trips to the veterinarian, or when neighbors launch fireworks, doggie stress increases. This is when dogs can show erratic behavior like excessive barking or running away. When a dog associates positive scents with positive feelings this can be relaxing.

Aromatherapy is a way to help soothe your pet. It offers a safe alternative to make your pet feel comfortable. Most dogs hate bath time. The feeling of being bathed is a foreign and stressful experience. By using aromatherapy during bath time, and other times of stress, pet owners can curb the anxiety their dogs feel.

Come in to Splash and Dash where you and your dog can discover nirvana! Pick from one of our four new amazing shampoo treatments: Renew, Energy, Hydrate, and Relax.