If your dog suffers from allergies, it is a good idea to learn how you can administer the over-the-counter drug Benadryl or the generic form – diphenhydramine. It is an antihistamine that is easy to find and often used to treat humans with allergies.
The Drug May Be Given to Your Dog If He Or She Is Suffering From The Following
- Seasonal allergy symptoms like a runny nose or watery eyes
- Skin allergy symptoms
- Anxiety while traveling or motion sickness
- Itchy insect bites
- Reactions to poison oak or poison ivy
- Other itchy, allergy-like situations
When giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine), always double check the package label and make sure the only active ingredient in the product is diphenhydramine.
The Standard Recommended Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Dosage
For dogs, the standard recommended dosage is 1 mg/lb every 8 to 12 hours, given two to three times daily.
We recommend starting at 1/2 the standard dose, to see if the lower dose works to alleviate the symptoms. If your dog’s symptoms don’t improve within an hour, add the difference to obtain the full dose.
If needed, a single dose can be doubled to 2 mg/lb.
Giving a double dose is typically reserved for emergency situations, for example, if a snake or wasp bites your dog.
If you have a small dog, you may need to purchase children’s or infant Benadryl or the generic form for the correct dose. Remember, always look a the label!
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) usually takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour to start working and drowsiness is a common side effect.
If you want to use the drug to treat anxiety in your dog or to prevent motion sickness, administer the medicine to your dog 30 minutes before the stressful event or journey.