Can You Give a Dog Benadryl For Allergies?

Benadryl is a medication that is often prescribed for allergy symptoms in people but can it be given to dogs? The answer is “yes” but it’s best to check the discretion of your veterinarian to confirm dosage and any other potential side effects if your dog is taking other medications.

How Does Benadryl Help With Allergy Symptoms?

Benadryl is an antihistamine, which means that it prevents certain chemicals in the body called histamines from causing symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Common allergy symptoms from histamines include watery eyes, itchy skin, and sneezing. Benadryl only helps with symptoms caused by histamines and does not help relieve other allergy symptoms such as hay fever.

What Should You Do If Your Dog Has Allergies?

The first thing to do is schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Don’t expect that Benadryl will work on its own, your pet may need additional treatment. It’s also important to ask your vet about any potential side effects of Benadryl before giving it to your dog.

Can You Give a Dog Benadryl For Allergies?

You should also consider your dog’s diet. Sometimes, allergies can show up because of the dog food you’re giving them. Find dog food that won’t trigger alleriges.

How Much Should You Give Your Dog?

For dogs, the general dose is 1mg per pound of body weight, so you may have to cut up your Benadryl pills to get a safe dose for your dog.

One side effect of giving a high dose of Benadryl is a decrease in blood pressure, so make sure to be careful if that occurs so you don’t make things worse. As always, check with your vet before giving your pup any medications.

Alternative Homeopathic Remedies For Dog Allergies

Even though Benadryl is the most commonly used anti-histamine to treat dog allergies, there are other homeopathic remedies that can be effective as well. One of the more popular alternatives is to use aromatherapy for your dog. Essential oils are a great way to receive tons of health benefits without having to ingest anything.

Oat Baths (Shampoo)

Oatmeal baths are primarily used to soothe skin irritation and itching in dogs. Oatmeal is a natural anti-histamine that can be used as an alternative treatment for allergies.

Setting an oatmeal bath works a little differently for dogs. For a person, you would dump the oat bath into the water and let it dissolve. For a dog, you’ll want to use something a little more targeted, such as a shampoo. Above this text, we show you the shampoo we recommend using for giving your dog an oat bath.

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Studies have found that olive leaf extract can significantly reduce the symptoms of dog allergies by reducing the release of histamine in the body. Simply add some olive leaf extract into their food or water. You should always ask your vet if this is okay to use for your dog.

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Osha oil can soothe insect bites, rashes, and itching. It can also help to reduce the production of histamines.

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Pennyroyal oil is another natural remedy that can help to relieve itching, which is commonly associated with allergies and recurrent infections. Pennyroyal leaf oil is an essential oil that is meant to use in aromatherapy.

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Plantain leaf extract, found in the inner portion of the green leaves of plants in the family Plantago family, can assist in reducing swelling and inflammation. It also has anti-histamine properties.

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Sesame oil is a powerful natural remedy because it contains Omesene, which is believed to have strong anti-inflammatory properties.

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Timbal oil is an effective remedy for dog allergies that can help to treat symptoms such as scratching, and is often used in conjunction with essential oils to stimulate the immune system.

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Valerian root extract is popularly used as a sleep aid, but it also has strong anti-histamine properties.