Aspirin & Benadryl

Disclaimer

The information posted here is not meant to replace qualified veterinary care. It serves only as a quick guide to the appropriate dosage of Aspirin or Benadryl in dogs, as well as a convenient location to find information about the possible benefits or side-effects these drugs may have. Please consult your vet before giving your dog any medications, including over-the-counter medications, to ensure they are appropriate for your individual pet and situation.

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Aspirin

  • Also known as: Acetylsalicylic acid
  • Used for: Short-term relief of pain and inflammation
  • Side effects: Stomach upset, kidney damage
  • Cautions: Avoid use in dogs with Von Willebrand disease, and pregnant or nursing females

Aspirin, an anti-inflammatory and pain medication, is often recommended by veterinarians to treat temporary pain, swelling, and inflammation in dogs. Some common uses of Aspirin include treating pain and swelling after an injury, such as a pulled muscle, or to treat the pain associated with arthritic flare-ups in older dogs.

Aspirin can be bought at any pharmacy, drug store, or grocery store – even some gas stations carry it. It’s available with and without coating and in three different dosages: low-dose at 81mg, sometimes called baby Aspirin; regular-strength at 325mg; and extra-strength at 500mg. Low-dose, safety-coated Aspirin is the best choice for use in dogs.

Because Aspirin is also a blood thinner, you shouldn’t use it in any dog that has Von Willebrand disease, a type of bleeding disorder common in some breeds such as German Shepherds. If you don’t know whether your dog may be affected, please consult your vet before giving Aspirin.

Aspirin should always be given with food and the recommended dose can be repeated once every 12 hours. The standard dose for Aspirin in dogs is 5 milligrams per pound of body weight – a 5lbs dog should receive no more than 25mg of Aspirin. (It is possible to overdose on Aspirin, but vets generally believe 5mg to 10mg per body weight to be a safe dose.)

The chart below gives dosage in grams, as well as approximate dosage in number of pills. Please use this information only as a guideline and check with your vet if you have additional questions.

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Benadryl

  • Also known as: Diphenhydramine.
  • Used for: Allergy relief, inflammation caused by mast cell tumors, anxiety.
  • Side effects: Drowsiness.
  • Cautions: Generally, none.

Benadryl, an antihistamine, is often recommended by veterinarians to treat symptoms of allergic reactions in dogs, including itching, swelling, and hives caused by insect stings or bites, pollens, environmental factors, or vaccine reactions. Additionally, it’s used to relieve the symptoms of inflammation associated with mast cell tumors in dogs, and due to the drowsy effect it has on some pets, it can also be prescribed or recommended to help with motion sickness or anxiety.

Benadryl is generally a very safe medication for dogs and side-effects or overdoses are not common with recommended use. The standard dose for Benadryl in dogs is 0.8 to 1.8 milligrams per pound of body weight, and a good rule of thumb is 1mg per pound.

The chart below gives dosage in grams, as well as approximate dosage in number of pills. Please use this information only as a guideline and check with your vet if you have additional questions.

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