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I didn't want this info. to be buried in other posts, so thought I'd make a new one. :)

Benadryl is a VERY safe and effective antihistamine that we should all have in our cabinets in case we need it. It is used for allergic reactions and also chronic allergies. It comes in a tablet or liquid. Just make sure that you are using PLAIN diphenhydramine (generic benadryl) and not the combination formulas that have other ingredients.

The standard dosage for dogs is 1mg (milligram) per pound every 8 hours. If you buy the regular tablets, they come in 25mg strength, so obviously that would be hard to divide up for a 5 pound dog. But if that's all you had on hand, you would give a little less than 1/4 of a tablet to a 5 pound dog that was having a reaction.

The children's liquid benadryl is half strength. So it is 12.5mg per teaspoon. So a 5 pound dog would get 5mg, which is a little less than half of a teaspoon. If you have a syringe, it will be marked in milliliters (mm's). 5ml equals ONE teaspoon. So you want to give 2.4ml. (That is approximately half a teaspoon.)

To be completely accurate, try to dose liquids using syringes, as they are much more accurate than the average teaspoon in your silverware drawer. :) Or you can measure your teaspoon with a syringe and make sure that 5ml = 1 teaspoon.

I also want to point out that benadryl is very safe and has a pretty wide margin of error. So if you don't dose your dog "exactly" 1mg per pound, they are not going to have any ill effects. Some vets will even go up to 2mg per pound on a dog that is having a bad reaction. So don't stress if you don't get the dosage measured exactly to the tenth of a millimeter.

Hope this helps. :)

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I have been trying my best to get this figured out, I'm bad at math, too. Thank you so much, Brody'sMom, for posting it. Now, would someone please make this a sticky so it is readily available in time of sudden need??? Please???

Thanks!!!
 

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wait this is confusing me, i am really bad at math....so how much would i be feeding dexter if he's 8lbs? thanks! :D
Ok, if it's 1mg per pound and he's 8 pounds, then he gets 8 mg. So that would be slightly less than half of a 25mg tablet or 1.5 teaspoons of the liquid Children's benadryl. Remember, it doesn't have to be exact. This medication has some play in the dosage.

In an emergency situation where you noticed him having a reaction (like to a bee sting, etc), the 1/2 of a tablet would probably be easier to get down him, than the liquid.

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Ok, if it's 1mg per pound and he's 8 pounds, then he gets 8 mg. So that would be slightly less than half of a 25mg tablet or 1.5 teaspoons of the liquid Children's benadryl. Remember, it doesn't have to be exact. This medication has some play in the dosage.

In an emergency situation where you noticed him having a reaction (like to a bee sting, etc), the 1/2 of a tablet would probably be easier to get down him, than the liquid.

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thank you for the reply!!! :D we'll be sure to thank u if this ever happens which im hoping it never does ;) i would think the liquid would be easier than the tablet though no? he hates tablets...i know he knows when it's meds too...syringes were actually easier when he had an infection and we used panacur
 

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thank you for the reply!!! :D we'll be sure to thank u if this ever happens which im hoping it never does ;) i would think the liquid would be easier than the tablet though no? he hates tablets...i know he knows when it's meds too...syringes were actually easier when he had an infection and we used panacur
In that case, if he's better about taking liquids, then have some liquid benadryl on hand! Every dog is different so do what works for you! :)

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Thanks for this, I was wondering about dosage amounts too. I've written that down. We are packing Benadryl and a baby syringe (we used that to supplement formula when we first got him) in Bailey's bag. We will be outside a lot on our trip, I just want to be prepared. He doesn't have any allergies that I am aware of... but I am trying to plan for everything! I am a hypochondriac mommy... LOL
 

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Thanks for the helpful post Tracy! Just to be clear, the measurements you posted for the liquid Benadryl only apply to the Children's Benadryl correct?

So far I've only heard to give the Childrens Benadryl but I am curious now, would the regular Benadryl be bad if that's all you had available to you in an emergency situation?
 

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Thanks for the helpful post Tracy! Just to be clear, the measurements you posted for the liquid Benadryl only apply to the Children's Benadryl correct?

So far I've only heard to give the Childrens Benadryl but I am curious now, would the regular Benadryl be bad if that's all you had available to you in an emergency situation?
The KEY is to read the label and know just what the concentration is in your benadryl. The tablets and capsules are 25mg each. The liquid CHILDRENS is 12.5mg per teaspoon (or 5cc's/milliliters).

All benadryl is the same. The ingredient is diphenhydramine. The only difference is the concentration. There is probably a liquid benadryl for adults that is the 25mg strength! So read your labels and know your concentration. Children's or adult, tablets or liquid, just remember it is 1mg per pound and you are set!

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Tracy,

Maybe you can clear this up for me. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but when you say 1 mg is that the same as 1 ml? All my syringes that I get from the vet are ml. Isn't ml for liquid and mg for tablets/pills?
Sorry, but I'm confused. It's been a long HOT day!Lol.
 

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Tracy,

Maybe you can clear this up for me. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but when you say 1 mg is that the same as 1 ml? All my syringes that I get from the vet are ml. Isn't ml for liquid and mg for tablets/pills?
Sorry, but I'm confused. It's been a long HOT day!Lol.
NO dumb questions!! :)

No... milligrams and milliliters are NOT the same. Milligrams is a weight measurement. Milliliters is a liquid measurement. Yes, syringes read in milliliters. You're right.... ml are liquid and mg are for pills/tablets.

Just remember there are 5 ml per teaspoon.

And remember benadryl dosage is 1mg per pound of body weight. So a 5 pound dog gets 5mg.

Also, just to confuse us further... milliliters and cc's are the same. You will sometimes see cc's listed also.

It seems confusing, but it's really not! :)

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You can find a really great list of things you need for a Chi's medical supply kit stickied in Chi Chat. It has doses and such at the bottom of the list. ;-)
 

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I just heard tonight that Children's Benadryl contains aspertame or something artificial to sweeten it... does anyone know if this is true??

Good question Kim! I'd like to know about that too. The one I get is sugar free, dye free, and alcohol free, but it's flavored.
Is that bad?
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The inactive ingredients are:
anhydrous citric acid
carboxymethlcellulose sodium
flavors
glycerin
purified water
saccharin sodium
sodium benzoate
sodium citrate
sorbitol solution
 

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I have actually marked my bottle of children's benedryl with the dosage. That way when I need to use it, I don't have to go get it and find the instructions that I wrote down months ago. The other thing to make it easier on you during a panic moment is to buy a syringe (if you are using liquid) and premark it to the spot it needs to be filled to. A piece of color tape around the syringe makes it very easy to fill to the measured amount you need.

Does anyone know if benedryl has a shelf life? The only ones in my household that use it are the dogs. I wonder if I should replace it every 6 mos, year, or don't worry about it.
 

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Baby Babs, I just looked on my Benedryl liquid bottle and saw that it has a use by date of 2007. I just go by that. Time to get more to keep on the shelf! And the dosage amount written on the bottle and marked on the syringe is an excellent idea, thanks!
 

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How many times a day is safe to give the benadryl?

Also, is the sugar free one (with artificial sweetners: saccaharin and sorbitol) better to use or the regular children's one?
 

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Benadryl should be used for a reaction. If you are giving it every 8 hours, which is the recommended dosage interval, then is there an allergy situation going on? In that case, I'd go to the vet and get some precription meds especially for that. I use benadryl for urgent situations only.

I'd just use the regular children's one but either is fine.

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brodysmom - thanks for this info. i only just saw this post but benadryl came in very very handy for my lucy this weekend. she had an allergic reaction to her routine vaccine and it scared me to death - when i recognized the signs of an allergic reaction (she was twitching her ears non stop and couldnt sleep properly from it, i noticed tiny bumps on her head which were hives, they look like raised hair in some spots, and her face looked a bit wrinkly due to the face swelling) the benadryl had an almost immediate effect. within 30 minutes seh was almost back to her normal self! i felt so bad for not having recognized the signs earlier. benadryl is sooo important to have handy for the dogs!
 
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