17 Jul How Much Benadryl Can I Give My Dog?
Although Benadryl has a long record of safety and effectiveness when given appropriately, it is possible to overdose on Benadryl, so follow the guidelines for specific amounts CLOSELY.
In general, give one milligram per pound of the dog, so a 25 pound dog would receive 25 mg. Benadryl comes in 25 mg and 50 mg capsules or pills so you may have to divide a pill to get the appropriate amount. Liquid Benadryl for children is flavored and dogs usually like it. It is also easier to measure out a precise amount. It may be difficult to administer to the dog though. It can be put into an empty gel cap and concealed in a treat.
Dogs that weigh up to 30 pounds should receive a 10 mg dose to start with. If this is not sufficient, then follow the above guidelines for giving one milligram per pound. Dogs from 30 to 50 pounds can be started with a 25 mg Benadryl pill, while dogs over 50 pounds should get a 50 mg dose. It is safe to administer the recommended dose every eight hours. The dosage of Benadryl is highly dependent on a dog’s weight. ALWAYS seek your veterinarian’s advice before administering over-the-counter medicine to your beloved dog.