We already know that Benadryl is great to have on hand for people with allergies and sensitivities. But have you ever wondered if it’s safe for dogs?
When it comes to using Benadryl, it’s known for reducing allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny noses and even irritation of the eyes. And it might come as a bit of a surprise to know that while it may not be an FDA approved medication for dogs, it is something that veterinarians will sometimes recommend pet parents use for different purposes.
According to Newsweek, there are at least five conditions that a vet would recommend Benadryl for when it comes to our dogs and in some cases these are things we would use it for as well! So what are the conditions that would make Benadryl for a dog appropriate?
Benadryl is safe for dogs in moderation, but should be used with a veterinarian recommendation
- Allergic reactions related to food – Much like people, dogs can also have allergies and allergic reactions to food items. This can lead to skin irritation, as well as an upset stomach. With the help of Benadryl, you can alleviate the symptoms as you find something else that your dog can handle.
- Allergic reactions to airborne allergens – Again, this is something we see in people and luckily, this particular antihistamine can help to minimize those symptoms. Pollen might be a problem for your pup, but luckily with Benadryl you can help reduce the issues your pup has to deal with.
- Allergic reactions related to bug bites – Swelling and general irritation from a bug bite or sting is something we see in people and pups alike and luckily that is why we turn to antihistamines to handle the irritation or swelling associated with these bites and stings.
- Anxiety – Considering a side effect of this particular drug is drowsiness, it makes sense that you might use this to manage anxiety in a dog.
We have to point out that Benadryl is not made for dogs. While it is a great tool in your arsenal, you should only be giving this to your dog on the recommendation of a veterinarian. It can be helpful to have on hand if you can’t get a hold of an vet and it’s an emergency, but it is good to speak to a professional before adding this to your dogs routine.
On top of speaking to a veterinarian before giving your dog, this particular, antihistamine, you should also pay attention to the fact that different sizes of dog will require a different dosage. A large dog is not going to need the same amount as a small dog. For example, a 10 pound dog will only need between 9 and 18 mg of Benadryl, while a 50 pound dog may need between 45 and i0 mg of the antihistamine. And if your dog is 100 pounds, the dosage would be between 90 and q80 mg! It really does depend on size and needs.
Your veterinarian will be able to tell you exactly how much your dog needs, so it’s in your pet’s best interest to talk to them first.