Once your vet approves Benadryl for your dog and gives the dosage information, it’s time to learn a few tips on how to give Benadryl to dogs. this medication to a pet. Adult dogs and especially adult cats often need to be tricked into taking something that tastes as tart as Benadryl. Following, I will offer a few easy ways to give Benadryl to dogs and cats.
How to Give Benadryl to Canines
Canines are easier to give Benadryl than felines; however, many dogs can spot when the medicine is hidden in their food. I learned some tricks when giving antibiotics to my dog to stop her from wasting the medicine.
The easiest option is to hide the tablet/capsule in a piece of tasty food: meat, hotdog, etc. If that didn’t work, head over to Amazon.com and look for Greenies Pill Pockets. These are sticky little meat capsules that you place a pill in. Dogs love them and they work like a charm. They come in two flavors – chicken and beef, both available in tablet and capsule versions. I prefer the capsule version – it is large enough to split in half and use for two pills.
If your dog caught on to all of the tricks, you may have to squirt liquid Benadryl (plain) into the back of their mouth and rub their throat until they swallow. In some cases, the medicine may need to be administered as a suppository or injection.
How to Give Benadryl to Felines
Giving Benadryl to cats is even harder because they are even more sensitive. You can try the easy methods first – the med inside a tasty and stinky treat or feline Pill Pocket. If this doesn’t work you may have to resort to squirting. Note that the cat may foam at the mouth from liquid Benadryl. They may also spit some of it out. Some cats may even vomit. And again, suppository and injection are yet another option if everything else fails.
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine medication that humans and domestic pets use for allergies, itching and irritation of the skin, insect bites, stings, and hay fever to name a few. Benadryl has been used in dogs and cats for at least seventy years, but probably even longer. This med usually takes less than half an hour to take effect after administration.
Before giving Benadryl to your dog you first need to know the proper dosage. The rule of thumb is to use one milligram of medicine per one pound of the animal’s weight. Your doctor will tell you exactly how much to use, how often, and what type of Benadryl to buy.