Can i give a dog benadryl to calm him down?

Asked By: Kaden Doyle
Date created: Fri, Mar 5, 2021 5:35 AM
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Being a safe medication, Benadryl's side effects are on the mild side.

The most commonly reported side effect is drowsiness.

This is so common that many people give Benadryl to their dogs to help them calm down.

(Diphenhydramine is even marketed and used as a sleep-aid by many people.)

Answered By: Rowena Stiedemann
Date created: Sat, Mar 6, 2021 7:38 AM
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Benadryl dosage for dogs.

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, the safe dosage is 2-4 milligrams of medication per kilogram of weight, or 0.9 to 1.8 milligrams per pound. This amount can be administered two to three times daily, depending on your dog's symptoms.
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The standard dosage for oral Benadryl for dogs is 1 mg per pound of body weight, given 2-3 times a day. Most diphenhydramine tablets are 25 mg, which is the size used for a 25-pound dog. But the safest way to give the proper dose is to ask your veterinarian.
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