Post # 1
Our young dog gets very excited and nervous around new people; he has to jump on everyone and gets upset if he can’t be in their faces. We have a small holiday gathering coming up at our home, and our vet suggested we give him benadryl since it works as a mild sedative. The vet told us the dosage, just enough to calm him down but not to knock him out.
I trust our vet that it is safe. But so far I only know the clinical facts about it (safety, dosage, etc.) Has anyone used Benadryl for their dogs? I’m wondering what type of behavior we might expect from him, any strange side effects that have come up, or any real life expereinces. Or if you’ve used other things to calm a dog.
*I also want to note that we are in a training class and he is making progress. This is just a one time temporary solution since we still have a lot of work with our training.
Post # 3
Up to .25 mg is safe. He’ll probably fall asleep and get very thirsty.
Check with your vet first, of course.
Post # 4
We have to give our dog Benadryl… she doesn’t seem to have any side-effects at all. She doesn’t even get sleepy.
Post # 5
Yep, we’ve used it before when we know we’ll be putting her in stressful situations. We don’t use it very often, but it works. As long as you follow the vet recommended dosage (depends on the weight/size of the dog) you should be fine.
ETA: Make sure it’s just plain old benedryl – not Benedryl Sinus or anything else because those can contain ingredients bad for the dog.
Post # 6
I would try rescue remedy or melatonin before I would dose my dog with diphenhydramine. If he tries to jump on people, keep his leash on. When he jumps up, step on the leash. Also take him on a long walk before company comes. A good dog is a tired dog.
Post # 7
Some dogs do not react the way humans do with benadryl. I had to give my dog benadryl because he rolled in something and was itchy — didn’t bother him in the slightest. He felt better, and thus was more active. Not a sleepy eye in sight! Now, if it was me… I’d be in a coma.
Post # 8
I give benadryl to my dog for allergies, and it doesn’t affect him at all, and he’s a 10 lb toy poodle.
Post # 9
@Kit_Kath: It is a pretty safe and mild drug, the side effect is actually that it acts as a sedative to treat symptoms of allergies (to relieve excessive itching and lick granulomas), so that is why some vets would prescribe it to help with anxiety. Just follow the vets dosage instructions.
On that note I have more experience with a drug known as Clomicalm for anxiety as it is something our vets regularly prescribe. I suppose if you have no luck with benedryl, then that would be the next option your vet might recommend.
Keep up with the training! 🙂
Post # 10
Gravol works too-as PP said, just make sure you get the correct dosage for this size/wieght.
My vet told me that it can have the opposite effect on some dogs though, and actually make them more hyper, so I would do a “test run” before you have compnay over.
Post # 11
We have used it for a mild mango allergy but never to calm him down. I suppose it did calm him down though.
Post # 12
@sara_tiara: Yes, that’s a paradoxical reaction and you can’t predict it. I have it too. Benadryl makes me hyper and my heart pounds.
Post # 13
My dog takes it during the spring/summer for an allergy, but it didn’t make him sleepy at all. It just depends on the dog.
Post # 14
I know they seem like a gimmick, but I got my dog a thundershirt for hyper/anxiety. It calms him RIGHT down. His trainer reccomended it. I was sooo skeptical but it’s the best thing I ever got him.
Post # 15
It is safe for dogs and it can cause drowsiness, but chances are it won’t keep your dog from getting excited and jumping on people.
Our dogs are the same way and even sedatives don’t keep them from freaking out when people come over. Whenever we have company, we take them on a long walk to the park early in the day and let them run around until they tire themselves out. They still get excited and jump when guests come over, but it’s not nearly as bad.
Post # 16
I use it for my dog when he flies with me. I have to give him a little more than is recommended for his weight for it to do anything but it works great to just chill him out a bit. No panting, no nervousness but he’s still alert enough to respond to touch and go potty with no problems. I know a lot of people frown on it but it really doesn’t feel like he’s “drugged.” He was given another prescription sedative for REALLY long car ride that, like, made it hard for him to walk and he was pretty much a zombie. I didn’t feel too good about that…