Benadryl is a medicine that is used by human for certain medical conditions such as allergic respiratory disease, cough, itchy skin due to allergy, skin irritation when stung by insects and motion sickness. However, Benadryl can also be consumed by dogs, it is widely practiced by vets to give Benadryl to dogs who have skin irritation. Therefore, if you find out that your dog is suffering from skin allergy or irritation, you give Benadryl to your dog but you must thinking, how much Benadryl can I give my dog?
Benadryl’s active ingredient is Diphenhydramine. For human, it is known that Diphenhydramine can cause drowsiness and light mood swings. Benadryl usually comes off the shelf in 25 mg tablets when you bought from the pharmacy. You should not give your dog Benadryl if it has urinary retention, glaucoma or suffering from any other medical condition.
The general rule to give your dog Benadryl is 2 to 4mg/kg up to 3 times a day. For a middle size dog, they usually weighs around 11kg, then the right dose of Benadryl that you can give to your dog would be 22mg to 44mg, there times a day depending on you dog’s situation. If you bought the Benadryl from pharmacy, it usually comes in 25mg tablet and this will make it easier for you as you can feed your dog 1 tablet and you have to give it to your dog 3 times a day.
Basically, the dosage for medium size dog is the same dose for humans. The old Benadryl may contain alcohol and alcohol is bad for your dog as it causes cancer for them. However, recently America passed the DUI laws disallowing the Benadryl producers to include alcohol into their productions of Benadryl but it is still a good idea to have a look at the label and find out what is inside that bottle of Benadryl.
Benadryl should be inside of every dog owner’s first aid kid. Also you must always remember that if you are not sure about the right dosage to give your dog, maybe because your dog do have some other medical problems and you are afraid giving your dog Benadryl will worsen the medical problem. It is always wise, to get an advice from your vet.