In today’s article we are going to take a close look at Benadryl for dogs.
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- Uses Of Benadryl For Dogs
- Can I Give Benadryl For Itching?
- Benadryl For Dog Anxiety
- How Does Benadryl Work?
- What Form Of Benadryl?
- Talking To Your Vet
- Benadryl Dosage For Dogs
- How Much Benadryl Can I Give?
- Benadryl Dose For Dogs By Weight
- Liquid Benadryl For Dogs?
- How Often Can I Give My Dog Benadryl?
- Side Effects Of Benadryl
- Is Benadryl Safe For Dogs?
- How To Give Your Dog Benadryl
Benadryl is an over the counter antihistamine for humans, which most of us have a bottle of somewhere.
If you have used Benadryl for an allergy or itch yourself, it’s natural to wonder whether it might help your dog too.
But before we give our dog any medication not prescribed specifically by his veterinarian, it’s important to make sure that we know exactly what we are doing.
In this article we will let you know if dogs can take Benadryl safely.
We’ll be giving you information on how much Benadryl to give a dog, how to work out the right dog Benadryl dose, and when it is the right time to speak to your vet. Always check with your vet before giving your dog Benadryl for the first time.
What Is Benadryl in Dogs Used For?
Benadryl is not FDA approved for veterinary use, but is often recommended by vets.
There are a few ways in which Benadryl may be used by pet owners.
- Runny eyes
- Runny nose
- Travel sickness
Can I give my dog Benadryl for itching.
Whether giving a dog itching Benadryl is appropriate will depend upon the reason why he’s itching.
Dog itching can be reduced if the cause of it is down to an allergy. Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to any number of external influences from their diet to their environment. If these allergies cause itchy skin then a vet may advise that you give them a low dose of Benadryl to relieve the symptoms.
It will not cure the allergy, but can help the dog to deal with the itching that the allergy creates.
Benadryl For Dogs Anxiety
Benadryl for dogs anxiety is occasionally recommended as a temporary measure by veterinarians, as it can produce mildly sedative results.
How Does Benadryl Work
Benadryl is the brand name for a product containing diphenhydramine, an antihistamine.
When you have an allergic reaction, your body processes a substance called histamine. This causes the symptoms of the allergy, like inflammation and runny eyes or nose.
What Kind Of Benadryl For Dogs?
Benadryl is normally given to dogs in tablet form.
The only ingredient should be diphenhydramine. Only give your dog Benadryl that does not have any other medicines.
Some varieties of Benadryl will contain other ingredients such as painkillers, expectorants (to make you cough) or decongestants, which are not appropriate for animal use. Children’s Benadryl can contain sodium too, which is not advised either.
There are forms of Benadryl that contain cetirizine. These are best avoided as they won’t provide the same medical solution as diphenhydramine.
Talking To The Veterinarian
When your dog is showing new symptoms of illness or discomfort, then your first port of call should always be to take them to the veterinarian.
Although itching can be caused by mild allergies that Benadryl can relief, they can also be signs of other problems. Potentially more serious ones too.
Do not medicate a dog yourself for a new condition without first taking him to be checked over in person. This way you can be sure he is being given an appropriate treatment.
If you think that your dog is having a severe allergic reaction, do not give him Benadryl or delay in rushing him to the vets.
Severe signs of allergy include trouble breathing, potentially with swelling of the face or neck. This can be potentially life threatening and requires immediate medical treatment from a qualified veterinarian.
Benadryl for dogs should only be used to relief anxiety or travel sickness if your veterinarian recommends that this is the correct choice.
Benadryl Dosage For Dogs
If you have decided to give your dog an antihistamine designed for humans, then you will need to know how much Benadryl is appropriate for your dog.
How Much Benadryl Can I Give My Dog?
How much Benadryl is safe for a dog depends upon the dog’s weight and any pre-existing medical conditions.
Benadryl Dosage For Dogs By Weight
How Much Liquid Benadryl Can I Give My Dog?
You must not give your dog adult Liquid Benadryl. You can however give your dog Children’s Liquid Benadryl if your vet confirms that it is appropriate for us on them.
Liquid Children’s Benadryl usually has 12.5mg diphenhydramine in every 5ml.
This means that you can give 0.4ml of liquid children’s Benadryl per 1lb body weight.
So a 35lb dog would have a 14ml dose, for example.
However, these doses are simply ones recommended online. Please speak to your veterinarian before giving your dog Benadryl.
How Often Can I Give My Dog Benadryl?
Benadryl can be given at the doses shown above 2 – 3 times a day. So every 8 – 12 hours.
Side Effects Of Benadryl
Benadryl can have side effects, most of which are mild.
The main ingredient diphenhydramine has been know to cause drowsiness and dizziness. It can also cause stomach problems such as constipation or diarrhoea.
If your dog seems to be showing signs of an upset stomach, then speak to your vet before continuing with the next dose.
Is Benadryl Safe For Dogs?
Benadryl given in the right dose should not cause an otherwise healthy dog any serious problems. However, if your dog has an existing medical condition it can be dangerous.
For example, you should not give Benadryl to a dog already suffering from glaucoma, high pressure, prostatic disease, hyperthroidism or cardiovascular disease.
How To Give Your Dog Benadryl
If you have checked the correct dose of Benadryl, spoken to your vet and are confident that this is the right product for your dog, then you will need to think about how to give your dog a Benadryl tablet.
It’s a good idea to have a second lump of meat of cheese (without a tablet in it) clearly ready and obvious to your dog when giving him the treat containing his medicine.
This makes him more eager to swallow the concealed tablet, as he will be keen to get the second treat that he can see waiting
Monitor your dog for any side effects. And contact your vet if you have any concerns
The information given in this article is to supplement that provided by your vet, and in no way intended as a substitute for proper medical care for your dog.
Before you give your dog Benadryl for the first time, arrange for a vet to speak with you and give them a check up to be sure that this is the right treatment for your dog and his current problem.
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