Jessica Vogelsang, DVM wrote this article for PetMD.com and it is a great article. We always have this discussion in my household of how much Benadryl to give, can we give the dog Benadryl or when do we need to take the dog to the vet. This article answers all of these questions and more. Benadryl is around every household and is used regularly to treat humans than any allergic symptoms they might have. Some people even use it for a sedative. This article will give you some tips and guidelines to start when wanting to use Benadryl while treating your dog.
1. What is Benadryl used for?
Benadryl is an antihistamine. Some of its most common indications are the treatment of environmental allergies, allergic reactions to insect bites or stings, and pre-treatment of vaccine reactions.
2. When should I not use Benadryl?
It’s always best to contact your veterinarian for guidance before administering any medication to your pet, including Benadryl.
3. How much Benadryl should I give?
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.
4. When should I contact my veterinarian?
Oral Benadryl is considered a mild to moderately effective antihistamine. If a pet is having an acute allergic reaction with facial swelling or difficulty breathing, skip the oral medications and go straight to the vet.