Benadryl for dogs: what is it and what does it do?

Benadryl for dogs: what is it and what does it do?

Benadryl for dogs

If there is one thing about your dog that you should be careful about is giving him medicine for humans. Our bodies and theirs are designed differently and a medicine that has favorable effects for us can be fatal for them. One of such medicines is Benadryl, the commercial name for the diphenhydramine. However, veterinarians authorize the use of Benadryl for dogs. 

What is Benadryl and what does it do?

Benadryl is the commercial name for the diphenhydramine and is used to fight against allergies and allergic reaction. This compound has the ability to go through the blood-brain barrier, therefore guaranteeing as sped-up recovery. 

The purpose of taking Benadryl is to heal fever, body ache, inflammation, watery eyes, and any other allergy symptoms such as:

  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Itching 
  • Hives
  • Coughing 
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose and eyes
  • Redness

 This is especially important for dogs, especially during spring where flower pollen and other specks of dust propagate easily. 

Can I give Benadryl to my dog?

The FDA has not approved diphenhydramine for veterinary use. Nevertheless, the medication is used in many places to treat animals´allergies and their symptoms with no reported case of any severe side effect. So the answer to the question of if you can give Benadryl to your dog is yes, you may. However, consult with your veterinarian before medicating your dog. 

If your veterinarian has green-lit you and prescribe some Benadryl, make sure you do it at a time where you think he is less to vomit, has recently eaten, etc. The most usual dosage of Benadryl for dogs is 1mg/lb every 8 to 12 hours.   

Side effects

There are side effects of using the drug, which you should be aware of. Never prescribe the dose yourself; always consult with your veterinarian if the Benadryl for dogs actually works.  

The common side-effects are:

  • Dry mouth 
  • Urinary detention
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Sedation
  • Rapid breathing

Contact us here in Dogalize to know more about your pet and how take better care of them.