(Closed) Benadryl to calm a dog?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Up to .25 mg is safe.  He’ll probably fall asleep and get very thirsty.

 

Check with your vet first, of course.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
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Buzzing bee

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

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…

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