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How much benadryl can I give my dog to help with itching?

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How much benadryl can I give my dog to help with itching?

Hi there,

I'm a licensed veterinarian and will try to help you today.

How much does Sosa weigh?
You can give her 1 mg of Benadryl 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.

Customer :

She weighs 50 lbs (just weighed her Monday)

Dr. Deb :

So, a 50 pound dog can have 50 milligrams of Benadryl, by mouth, every 8-12 hours (two to three times a day).

Customer :

oh man, I happen to have 25mg capsules....no go?

Dr. Deb :

You can give her 2-capsules.That's a total of 50 mg.

Customer :

Sorry got thrown off by the 0.5 part. Is it going to make her supper sleepy etc? The Benadryl I have is for humans, and I am roughly 150 lbs and take a 25mg pill and I'm out for a while, like 8 hours

Dr. Deb :

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.

Customer :

I'm scared and don't want to OD my dog, do you have any other ideas to help with her itch?

Dr. Deb :

You won't.... but if you'd feel more comfortable, start with one 25 mg capsule.

You can always give the other if necessary.

Customer :

ok, thanks so much

Dr. Deb :

You are very welcome.

Customer :

I think I'm also nervous b/c she is on the older side of things these days

Dr. Deb :

Don't worry about being nervous at all... start at the lower dose. Every dog and human can react differently to Benadryl.

Customer :

k awesome! thanks and have a great day/night :o)

Dr. Deb :

You too!

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