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can I give my dog Benadryl? how many milligrams?

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can I give my dog Benadryl? how many milligrams?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.

Yes, benadryl can be given to dogs.

Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1mg per pound of body weight. Keep in mind, Benadryl tablets and liquids come in different sizes. So, an approximately 25 pound dog can get a full 25mg tablet or a half of a 50mg tablet. I usually avoid the liquid Benadryl in larger dogs (you would have to give too much of it). You can give Benadryl every 8-12 hours.

Sorry to hear about the hot spots. Often, benadryl, alone, will only help about 1 in 4 dogs with allergy problems. It is frequently necessary to get into a vet to treat any possible skin infection, and usually, a steroid course can be very helpful for relief.

Hope that information helps.
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