If your dog suffers from allergies, it is a good idea to learn how to administer the over-the-counter drug Benadryl.
Or, you can use the generic form of Benadryl, Diphenhydramine.
Diphenhydramine, or Benadryl, is an easy-to-find antihistamine used for treating humans with allergies.
How Can Benadryl Help My Dog?
If your dog suffers common allergy symptoms, Diphenhydramine may help.
Benadryl helps dogs suffering:
- 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.
However, always double-check the package label and make sure the only active ingredient in the product is diphenhydramine.
The Standard Recommended 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 half the standard dose. Try a lower dose first to see if it alleviates the symptoms.
Then, 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.
However, giving a double dose is typically reserved for emergency situations, for example, if a snake bites or a wasp stings your dog.
Also, 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 to make sure there are no added ingredients!
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) usually takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour to start working and drowsiness is a common side effect.