What is liquid Benadryl and how to give it to your dog is a question often asked by concerned dog owners whose pets are suffering from various allergies or perhaps need to be sedated for a long journey. But although Benadryl is a medication that is commonly given to dogs, it is important to understand that there is a difference between the tablet or pill and the liquid form.
What is liquid Benadryl and how to give it to your dog?
Benadryl is the brand name for Diphenhydramine hydrochloride, an effective antihistamine that was first developed for use in humans more than thirty years ago. Although it was originally devised to help relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions, it was soon discovered that Benadryl had a number of very useful side effects. Not only can the medicine be used as a gentle tranquiliser, it also has anti emetic properties and can control travel sickness. But Benadryl is not only used for treatment of allergies and travel sickness in humans, it can also be successfully used by pet owners for dogs and cats.
Benadryl is most commonly available as a tablet or pill, but you might also find it in a liquid form. However, although the tablet or pill form of Benadryl is generally considered safe for use with dogs and cats as long as caution is exercised, liquid Benadryl contains too high an alcohol content and is therefore unsuitable for pet consumption.
What is the correct dose of Benadryl?
The accepted guideline for the safe dosage of dogs is 1mg per 1Ib in weight, so a 25mg tablet is the correct dose for a 25Ib dog. No more than two 25mg tablets should be given to a dog weighing more than 50Ibs and never give more than two doses of Benadryl in one 24 hour period.
What is the best way to give a dose of Benadryl to your dog?
Some dogs are easy to medicate. These are the dogs that will literally eat anything, no matter how distasteful it might be. So if your dog falls into this category, congratulations, you can probably get away with popping a Benadryl tablet into the dogs mouth and the job is done. But what happens if your dog is the type who turns its nose up at anything less than prime rib or rump steak? Giving a tablet to this type of dog is a lot more tricky and you may have to be a little more wily in order to get persuade your dog to eat a tablet.
You could try crushing the tablet into some tasty mince or something else nice that the dog is sure to eat. Alternatively, try coating the tablet in butter or chocolate spread to disguise the true nature of the “snack”. Lastly, if all else fails, ask your veterinarian for a plastic pill popper that fires the pill into the back of the throat so that the dog has little option but to swallow it. Just try and be careful not to have your hand bitten off in the process!