What is liquid Benadryl and how to give it to your dog?

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!

11 Responses to “What is liquid Benadryl and how to give it to your dog?”

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  1. C Harrison says:

    Chocolate is poison to dogs, so why would you coat medication in a chocolate spread?

    • zanda says:

      …real chocolate is.. most American chocolate actually doesn’t have enough chocolate to really do much of anything.. snickers, twix, hersheys.. all that fake crap is safe for your pets to have from time to time. The stuff to avoid are high quality chocolates- due to that ACTUAL content of chocolate.

      • Rebecca says:

        actually chocolate is not poison to all dogs. About 70% of dogs are allergic to an enzyme found in the cocoa bean. Vets just stress not to give any dog chocolate because the risk is too high

    • yolig0104 says:

      Exactly! But my dogs love peanut butter.

  2. anita ellen says:

    Cream cheese is a dog friendly way of helping pills go down for your dog or cat. It works. We keep this on hand regular basis as do I oatmeal too. Our dog just got a little insect sting in his paw so we do give the 25 mg Benadryl first & also soak his foot in the oatmeal water cooled. He even likes to eat this plain & cold oats. Anti-itch from the inside too.

  3. cheryl says:

    we use the liquid benadryl and put it into a syringe and put it into her cheek, that way when it goes down her throat it dont get into her lungs

  4. Cindy says:

    LIquid Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is available alcohol free. Make sure to read the label.

  5. bill says:

    I agree that advising a “chocolate spread” was an incredibly irresponsible suggestion, esp when there are so many other ways to get a dog to eat it. A small amount of MILK chocolate usually isn’t harmful to dogs, true, but if it’s dark chocolate that’s a whole different story…and again, why even chance it?

    I also wish this article would have addressed children’s benedryl and how (if at all) it would change the suggested doses, etc. I want to use this because it’s hard to get my dog to eat pills/capsules, even when hidden in treats etc and only the children’s comes in liquid form (at least that I’ve found).

  6. cheryl hollis says:

    My 35 lb. wire haired fox terrier and I moved from Massachusetts to Orlando, FL this March. Orlando has horrific thunder storms (some with terrifying lightning along with the rain. Sometimes the storms last 15 mins. up to an hour. My dog is TOTALLY petrified of the thunder as he has never experienced this type of noise before. Mass. rarely has these kind of thunder storms. These storms start about June and last all summer long. When I am at work he has a penned in area off the kitchen but he barks and barks and barks and runs back and forth the whole time it’s storming. Many of my friends say they give their dogs Benadryl for this same problem. We don’t have a vet yet and I would like to know how much is a safe dose for him. I have tried thunder shirts and organic products but nothing seems to work.

    I also believe he has allergies because he constantly licks his paws after we take walks, I think they spray the grass here with some sort of pesticide. My former vet in Mass. had me spray a fine mist of white vinegar and water mixture on his paws but I’m hoping that if he can take the Benadryl for the anxiety that it would help any allergies he may have. Since we moved to FL the licking of the paws is constant, more so than in Mass.

  7. Mike says:

    Childrens benadryl is alcohol free so whats wrong with this liquid?
    I am not going to read all these comments to see if this has been adressed. please answer by email include dosage for 40lbs dog

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