How Much Benadryl Do I Give A 10lb Dog?


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Abi Ainscough answered
If Benadryl hasn't been recommended by your vet, it may be worth calling the veterinarian surgery and asking very simply if the medicine is safe for your pet to take. Many vets encourage and approve the use of Benadryl to aid your dog if it is in discomfort with an allergy, however it is always best to check with a professional before you feed your dog any medication; it may be unsuitable for your dog, because of weight, breed or other medication he or she may also be taking.

Benadryl is an antihistamine allergy relief medication. When it comes to weight, there is a general rule of thumb that you should give your dog 1mg per 1lb of bodyweight to avoid overdosing their system. You say that your dog is 10lb, therefore in order to feed your dog the correct amount of medication for its weight you would need to feed your dog a 10mg capsule of Benadryl. You are able to repeat the dosage every 4 to 6 hours.

The most common side effect after a dog has consumed Benadryl is drowsiness. If you notice your dog is a little more tired than usual, this is no cause for alarm and is most likely from the medication. However, if you notice your pet acting different or dazed, please notify your vet. You should also notify your vet if the symptoms persist as it may be that your dog requires a stronger type of antihistamine or a different medication altogether.

Before giving your dog Benadryl or any other medication, it is always sensible to consult your vet.
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Anonymous answered
Do not administer medication to your dog without consulting your veterinarian.  Medication will not help if you do not know the underlying disease you are treating.  Some medications can hurt if your dog's health status is poor.
The dose of Benadryl for dogs is 1 milligram per pound of body weight given by mouth every 8-12 hours.  Do NOT use the Cold and Sinus variety--this can hurt your dog.  A dog of this size will need the Children's liquid--the concentration is 12.5 milligrams per 5 milliliters.  So your dog would get 4 milliliters by mouth every 8-12 hours.

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private private answered
Start with a 1/4 of a pill. If that don't start to work within a hour or two, then give it another quarter. Then if you had to give a half, give it another half every four to six hours if needed.

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