It’s safe to give “people medicine,” like Benadryl or Claritin, to my dog.
Yes and no.
How much Benadryl can I give my dog?
The standard dosage for oral Benadryl is 1 mg per pound of body weight, given 2-3 times a day. Most drug store diphenhydramine tablets are 25 mg, which is the size used for a 25 pound dog.
What human allergy medicine is safe for dogs?
Common antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) relieve allergy symptoms and allergic reactions. These medications are usually safe for dogs, but they can cause drowsiness or hyperactivity.
Can dogs overdose on antihistamine?
The most typically reported signs after loratadine ingestions in dogs are hyperactivity, depression, and tachycardia at doses as low as 0.25 mg/kg; no deaths or serious effects have been reported to the ASPCA APCC, even at doses as high as 72 mg/kg.
Can dogs take antihistamines for itching?
1. Antihistamines. Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Claritin (loratadine) are commonly used antihistamines that relieve allergy symptoms or counteract allergic reactions. OTC antihistamine preparations may contain other ingredients such as decongestants that are not safe for dogs.