How Much Benadryl Can A Dog Take?
A standard dog can take about 1 mg of Benadryl per pound of body weight 2-3 times a day. This dosage may vary depending on your dog’s existing medical conditions. Benadryl can be administered in two ways: through a liquid formula or pills.
- Liquid Benadryl: We recommend using a children’s liquid Benadryl formula. It is the safer alternative because they usually do not contain alcohol.
- Pills: You can also administer Benadryl through pills. The standard drug store pill is about 25 mg. Remember, a dog can only take about 1 mg per pound of body weight so the standard pill will be good for a 25 pound dog. The pill may need to be cut up and measured to get the correct amount of Benadryl for your dog if they are smaller.
You should not use a time-release capsule pill when administering Benadryl to your dog. Dogs absorb these capsules differently than humans. The timing of the dosage release can negatively affect your dog. Also, your dog may overdose if they chew on the pill which can cause a lot of medication to be released at once.
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Will Benadryl Help My Dog?
Benadryl is great for your dog if they have mild to moderate allergies. This includes seasonal allergies, environmental allergies, and food allergies. Benadryl is also commonly used to treat itchiness in dogs if they have skin allergies. You can relieve the following allergy symptoms by giving Benadryl to your dog:
- Runny nose and eyes
- Swelling and inflammation
Benadryl can also be used to help calm anxiety in your dogs because it causes drowsiness as a side effect. It is helpful to keep some Benadryl on you when you travel. You can use Benadryl to calm your dog as it helps reduce motion sickness and anxiety from travelling.
- Two 8 ounce bottles
- Cherry flavored
- No added colors
Side Effects Of Giving A Dog Benadryl
There are side effects associated with all medication. You should also check with your vet if your dog is currently on any medication to understand any risks of drug interactions. Please review the list below for side effects that you should be aware of when you administer Benadryl to your dog.
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Rapid panting
More serious side effects include:
- Change in appetite
Side effects generally surface within the first hour so carefully monitor your dog during this time period after giving them Benadryl.
When To Not Give Benadryl To Your Dog
We do not recommend giving Benadryl to your dog if they have any of these existing conditions:
- Severe heart failure
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Seizure disorders
- High blood pressure
It is best to contact your vet before administering Benadryl to make sure the side effects will not worsen your dog’s health conditions.
Is It Safe To Give My Dog Benadryl?
Benadryl for dogs is a relatively safe and very effective medication for your dog. However, you should always consult your veterinarian before administering Benadryl to your dog for the first time. Keep a close eye on your dog after the first administration of Benadryl. Make sure Benadryl does not have any adverse effects on your dog.
- Relief from sneezing and running nose
- Itching, Watery Eyes;Hay Fever symptoms;
- Itching of Nose or throat.
We hope this article helped to answer your question on how much Benadryl can a dog take! Please share this article if you know someone who is thinking of administering Benadryl to their dogs. Feel free to comment below on your dog’s experiences with Benadryl as well or ask any questions!