Benadryl, also known as diphenhydramine, is one of the few over-the-counter medications that veterinarians routinely administer at home. Although it is generally well tolerated and has a wide margin of safety, homeowners should consider some things before they do it at home:
- What is Benadryl for?
Benadryl is an antihistamine blocking the H-1 receptors of smooth muscle and blood vessels. Some of the most common indicators are the treatment of environmental allergies, allergic reactions to insect bites and the pretreatment of vaccine reactions. It is also effective in preventing motion sickness in dogs and in light homes.
- When should not I use Benadryl?
Benadryl is contraindicated in certain conditions, such as glaucoma, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease. It is always best to contact your veterinarian for advice before using any medicine for your pet, including Penadril.
- How much should I give to Benadryl?
The standard dose of oral Benadryl is 1 mg per pound of body weight administered 2-3 times daily. Most diphenhydramine tablets have a size of 25 mg, which is the size of a 25-pound dog. Always check the dose before giving it over the counter. In addition, many formulas are combined with other drugs such as Tylenol, make sure that Benadryl tablets contain only diphenhydramine.
- When should I contact my vet?
Benadryl oral is considered antihistamine of mild to moderate intensity. If a pet has a severe allergic reaction with a swollen face or breathing difficulties, skip the drug orally and go directly to the veterinarian. Many allergies require a range of dog allergies and basic illnesses. If your pet does not respond to prescription medications, consult your veterinarian for other options.