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Should Your Dog Take Benadryl?

by Twila on November 6, 2015

Dogs and Benadryl

Benadryl is usually the go to over the counter medication that pet parents use when fluffy is seriously itchy because the groomer cut too close. For the most part the medication isn’t harmful to pets, most vets will recommend it for at home use. However there are a few things you should know before administering.

Usage

Benadryl is an antihistamine, mainly used for allergies to the environment, bug bites and stings, This medication can also be used to calm motion sickness in most dogs.

When to not administered

Benadryl isn’t good for pets that have certain health conditions such as glaucoma, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease. You should consult your vet before administering to make sure the medicine wont conflict with any medical condition you pet may have.

How much to administer

Oral Benadryl’s standard dosage is 1mg per pound of body weight. Most over the counter meds are about 25mg, which can be used  for a 25lb dog. Make sure to read the dosage before giving it to Fluffy. If you’re not sure on how much to give, speak with your vet.

tip: When purchasing, read the label well. Some Benadryl are mixed with other medication such as Tylenol. You should give your dog the Benadryl that only contains  diphenhydramine.

When to discontinue use

Even though Benadryl is a mild antihistamine, some pets may have an acute allergic reaction to the medication. You should stop administering and go to the vet ASAP once you notice swelling of the face or difficulty breathing.

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