Benadryl, also known as diphenhydramine, is an antihistamine. It works by blocking the effects of histamine, a chemical that is released by the body in response to allergens and other irritants.
Benadryl is generally safe for dogs when given in the correct dosage. However, it is important to talk to your veterinarian before giving your dog any human medication.
The recommended dosage of Benadryl for dogs is 1 mg per pound of body weight, given every 8-12 hours as needed. It is important to only give your dog Benadryl that contains diphenhydramine as the active ingredient.
If you are not sure whether Benadryl is safe for your dog or if you have any concerns about giving your dog Benadryl, be sure to talk to your veterinarian.
Benadryl is not a cure for dog anxiety and should not be used as a long-term solution. If your dog is struggling with anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about other treatment options, such as behavior modification training, medication, or a combination of both.
The most common side effect of Benadryl in dogs is drowsiness. Other side effects can include dry mouth, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Benadryl may be helpful for treating mild-to-moderate anxiety in some dogs. However, it is important to talk to your veterinarian before giving your dog any human medication.