how much benadryl can I give my dog to help with itching?
Type of Animal: dog
Name of Dog: Sosa
I gave her an otmeal bath with flea and tick treatment, then I really found a flea on her and so I treated her with k9 advantix the next day. She is still itching and I think it's from current bites and i just want to keep her comfortable and so they can heal.
Hi there, I'm Deb, a licensed veterinarian.
How much does Sosa weigh?
You can give her 0.5 mg per pound of body Weight, by mouth, two to three times a day (every 8-12 hours).
Have a good night... and I hope Sosa is less itchy soon.
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I'm sorry.... that dose is 1 milligram per pound of body weight.
so she weighs 50 lbs (just wieghed her monday)
So, for example, a 50 pound dog can have 50 milligrams of Benadryl, by mouth, every 8-12 hours (two to three times a day.
So, my 50 lb example works perfect for Sosa.
oh man, so I happen to have 25mg capsules....no go?
You can give her 2-capsules.
That's a total of 50 mg.
sorry got thrown off by the 0.5 part. Is it going to make her supper sleepy ect...
the ones I have are for humans, and I am roughly 150 lbs and take a 25mg pill and I'm out for a while, like 8 hours
Dogs all react differently. I've had clients say yes, their dog got sleepy, but other say that their dog did not.
Dogs metabolize it differently, and their dose is higher than ours.
I'm scared and don't want to OD my dog, do you have any other ideas to help with her itch?
You won't.... but if you'd feel more comfortable, start with one 25 mg capsule.
You can always give the other if necessary.
ok, thanks so much
You are very welcome.
I think I'm also nervouse b/c she is on the older side of things these days
Don't worry about being nervous at all... start at the lower dose. Every dog and human can react differently to Benadryl.
k awesome! thanks and have a great day/night :o)
Small animal vet - practicing since 2004