Benadryl - Dogs - Benadryl - or diphenhydramine - is an antihistamine. It has been around for a very long time, and it has survived the test, often out performing newer antihistamines.
Benadryl for Dogs - Cautions
Benadryl should not be used in pregnant or nursing animals. Do not use the diphenhydramine available in combination with sinus or cold medicines in your dog.
Benadryl - Dogs - Benefits
Anxiety and Insomnia in dogs
Bites from some reptiles
Asthma, as well as inhalant allergies
Hay fever, runny/stuffy nose, and coughing/sneezing
Irritation at the dog's tail base
Bodilylumps with fluid
Benadryl - Dogs - How it works
Diphenhydramine comes in 25mg minitabs or 50mg capsules, and is a generic version of Benadryl. As an antihistamine, it counteracts the effect of histamine, which causes symptoms like itching and sneezing.
Benadryl for Dogs
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) should not be administered to dogs with certain conditions: cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, prostatic disease, and hyperthyroidism
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) may not be appropriate for a puppy. If you do have a puppy, please be sure to consult with your veterinarian first
Only the pure med is safe for dogs, where the active ingredient is only Diphenhydramine. The Decongestant or Colds/Sinus versions aren't acceptable
Liquid Benadryl is high in alcohol content and is not safe for most dogs
Children's Benadryl may be alcohol and sugar free; however, it contains sodium, and this could be detrimental to dogs with certain health concerns
It shouldn't be used simultaneously with decongestants and painkillers. It can also interact with other medicines, and possibly be fatal. Should your pet be taking any other types of medication - it's important that you first ask your veterinarian about using Benadryl. Generally, Diphenhydramine is considered safe for your pet when taking flea and heartworm tablets, as well as steroids.
It's extremely important that the prescribed dosage is not exceeded
Side Effects of Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) in Dogs
Side-effects include: drowsiness and mild disorientation. Also may include: dry mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, urinary retention, agitation, problems breathing, or lack of appetite. Some of the side effects may be prevented. To prevent your dog from vomiting, give the medication with food. And to prevent appetite disturbances, feed your dog before administering the medication. In case of any side effects, contact a veterinarian.