“How much Benadryl can I give my dog?” One of the most common questions asked when your dog is unwell. We humans often use this over the counter medicine now and then. But is giving Benadryl good for dogs? And if yes, then how much quantity of Benadryl is just enough? Let’s get an answer to these questions.
Benadryl can help your dog to get relief from some allergic conditions. So if given under prescription and correct dose, it can be safe for your dogs too.
Before giving any sort of antihistamine to your dog, be sure that you have the right amount of it.
The dosage of Benadryl depends upon the weight of your dog. The standard Benadryl dosage for dogs is one mg/pound of body weight. Over the counter, Benadryl tablets are 25 mg each.
How Benadryl is used in dogs
Benadryl is an antihistamine and is generally used for curing allergic reactions and conditions like sneezing, itchiness, hives, redness, coughing, sensitivity along with some seasonal and food allergies.
Overdose of Benadryl in dogs can be toxic to them and result in vomiting or nausea and a rapid heartbeat.
Side Effects of Benadryl in your Dogs
There are several side effects of Benadryl in your dogs and every dog owner should be aware of. Being a pet owner, you should check with your veterinarian before introducing Benadryl. Just in case he has any allergic reactions to Benadryl.
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The side effects of benadryl in dog is almost similar to the side effects of benadryl in humans. While, Dry mouth is one of the most common side effect, sleepiness, diarrhea, rapid heart beat and vomiting are secondary. If you find any of the mentioned side effects getting severe, consult a veterinarian immediately.
However, one should try to avoid giving benadryl to puppies as they may not be able to handle it. Also, if your dog is already taking some medicine, it is better to consult before including benadryl.