Benadryl is one of the few drugs that vets trust owners to administrate them even on their own at home. Although it is known as a safe drug to use, here are few things you should keep in mind before giving it to your dog.
Benadryl is an antihistamine that blocks the H-1 receptors on smooth muscle and blood vessels. It is commonly used to treat allergy reactions to insect bites, stings. It is also used as a pre-treatment of vaccine reactions and in some cases helps the prevention of motion sickness as a mild sedative in dogs.
If your pet suffers from glaucoma, any cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure it is not recommended to give them any benadryl. In any case you can contact your vet for further detailed information on what to do.
Benadryl is given 1 mg per pound of body weight, two to three times a day. Usually the drug is found in 25 mg per tablet so make sure to give the right amount to your dog in accordance with his weight.Also double- check if the benadryl you are using contains only diphenhydramine which means it is pure because there are other combined with tylenol.
Only when your pet is experiencing an acute allergic reaction go straight to the vet otherwise you can give him oral benadryl by your self at home.