Q. My dogz have intense rash on skin and scratch themselves raw and bleeding have used hotspot sprays bug doesn't work. Can I give them benadryl?
A. Benadryl may be used in canines, however, you should not give any medications to your pets without the advice of your veterinarian. Schedule an appointment with your vet. Rule out causes such as parasites (fleas or mites). Since the rash and resultant itching has broken the skin, there is risk for a skin infection and antibiotics may be indicated. Your vet can also prescribe a short course of steroids to break the itch cycle then can dispense or recommend an antihistamine, like Benadryl, to prevent the itchiness from returning. Some antihistamines work better than others in different dogs, so you will need to find the one that works best. A pet approved colloidal oatmeal bath can also soothe itchy, red skin. Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to her diet to promote healthy skin. Place e-collars on them to prevent further trauma from licking or chewing.