(Closed) giving benadryl to your dog?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I used to give benadryl to my dog, and had no adverse reactions to it. Just make sure to give them the correct dosage, the vet recommends. We gave it to him for allergies as well and they did seem to help and made him less hyper active. But he was still a happy puppy.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

we have done it before with our family dog and it works…but it does make them sleepy and lethargic. i think those are the only side effects…I would ask your vet about the dosage…as it depends on the size of your dog.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve given my dog benadryl to calm her down for a long car ride.  It was perfectly safe (she was a young puppy at the time) and there were no side effects.  Although since you’re giving it to your dog for allergies, I’d say the side effect would be drowsiness.  The recommended dosage is 1 mg per 1 lb of body weight.

* I”m not a bad dog mommy!  I called her vet and made sure it was perfectly safe to give her benadryl to sedate her for the trip.  She said yes and that she recommends it for other dogs.*

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Yes! My brother’s dog is allergic to a ton of stuff! He was at my parents’ house once and we think he was bitten by a spider. He got these huge hives all over his back. They called their vet and they suggested giving him benadryl and it did the trick! The only side effect was that he was quite sleepy afterwards (and benedryl can do that to humans too), so your pups might be a bit snoozy, but I think that’s about it.

So, you’re not alone in your vet recommending benadryl!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Per doctor’s advice, we gave our dog benadryl for a couple days when she had an allergic reaction to a spider bite.  It made her a little tired at first, but no other side effects.  They recommended 1mg per 1 lb to us, but I would confirm the appropriate dosage for your pups.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup. We do. The doctor told us twice a day so we would give her one pill (not the gel tabs) with breakfast and one with dinner.

For our pup we didn’t really notice it helping though so we’ve since stopped.

P.S. No side effects for us. No sleepiness or drowsiness.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

ETA: I’m stupid and lack reading comprehension this morning. Ignore me!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My vet recommended this to me too. My pup tends to get itchy in the summer time especially on his paws and lower belly (he’s a low rider). I haven’t done it yet because she just told me about it in December and he hasn’t started chewing yet… but I definitely plan to. Anything to make him more comfortable! And, he sleeps a lot anyways 🙂 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

My parents’ dog needs benedryl because he licks his paws all the time.  He’s normally a total spaz, so there IS no drowsiness with him, LOL!  I’ve also given my dog benedryl a couple of times for the itchies.  It definitely helped him stop itching (which was a total relief!) and it didn’t seem to make him tired at all either.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My ex-Mother-in-Common-Law used to give it to her dog all the time, and the pup was always OK. 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@sanddollar– the life of a poor corgi… lol. 30 pounds of dog on 4 inch legs. 

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Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My vet has also recommended benadryl, and I’ve never had a problem. He said that dogs don’t experience the same side effects as humans, and it’s fine to give them 1 benadryl every 12 hours. I know how scary it is, though; they are our little babies!

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