Is it safe to give my dog Benadryl?

Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, is an antihistamine that helps relieve the symptoms of allergies in both humans and animals. It can also be used to relieve the symptoms of motion sickness if a dog needs to be transported long distances. For most dogs, the appropriate dosage of Benadryl is perfectly safe.

Can you give a dog Benadryl for hives?

However, some experts question the effectiveness of Benadryl for general allergies. While it can be helpful for reactions like bee stings and hives, it may not help as much with the itchy skin that comes with canine allergies.

Can a vet prescribe Benadryl to a non-client?

(Note from iHD: New York State Law prohibits vets from diagnosing or prescribing meds to non-clients, so Dr. Selmer cannot give Benadryl dosing information in this post.) However, for a general idea, WebMD advises:

Why do my dogs eyes itch when I take Benadryl?

Red, goopy eyes could be a symptom of allergies, or it could also be a sign of glaucoma or dry eye, which Benadryl will not help treat. Similarly, itching is frequently associated with allergies and other skin conditions. Your vet will also be able to tell you whether Benadryl will interact with other medications that your dog is taking.

How much Benedryl should I give to my Dog?

The standard dosage for oral Benadryl is 1 mg per pound of body weight, given 2-3 times a day. Most drug store diphenhydramine tablets are 25 mg, which is the size used for a 25 pound dog. Always double check the dosage before giving an over the counter medication.

Why to give a dog Benedryl?

Benadryl is actually used on a regular basis by dogs and cats because it really does benefit them if ever they have an insect bite, fleas, insomnia, anxiety, skin irritations, eye infections, and many more .

Is it safe to give a large dog a Benadryl?

What happens if you provide too much Benadryl to a Dog? Well, Benadryl is safe to give canines the right dosage. For instance, I deliver my 22lb dog a dose of 25 mg of Benadryl. A higher amount of Benadryl will cause cramps. Most possibly, you will not ruin your canine, but you do not need to give much, because the attacks are serious.

What kind of Benadryl can I give my Dog?

If you’re giving your dog Benadryl, its highly recommended that you purchase a 100% pure formulation designed to be safe for dogs (and cats). You can purchase generic Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) meant specifically for dogs here.

For most dogs, the appropriate dosage of Benadryl is perfectly safe. It will begin to reduce symptoms like skin rashes in about an hour. Getting the dosage right is important because most Benadryl tablets are intended for humans. Some dogs can be quite small, so they need less Benadryl than a person.