Benadryl works by blocking the effects of histamine, a chemical that is released in the body during an allergic reaction. This can help to reduce anxiety symptoms such as restlessness, pacing, and whining.
The dosage of Benadryl for anxiety will vary depending on your dog's weight. A good starting point is 1 mg of Benadryl per pound of body weight.
The most common side effects of Benadryl in dogs are drowsiness, dry mouth, and constipation. Other side effects are rare but can include vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.
You should not give Benadryl to your dog if they are taking other medications, have liver or kidney disease, or are pregnant or nursing.
Before giving your dog Benadryl for anxiety, it is important to talk to your veterinarian. They can help you determine if Benadryl is the right treatment for your dog and can advise you on the correct dosage.
Benadryl should not be given to dogs with kidney or liver disease, or to dogs who are taking other medications.
Benadryl can be a safe and effective way to treat anxiety in dogs. However, it is important to use it with caution and to talk to your veterinarian before giving it to your dog.