Some medications are so useful that it’s a good idea to have them on hand at all times. For dogs, one such medication is diphenhydramine. It is inexpensive, available without prescription and can be used to treat a variety of disorders that commonly affect dogs, including:
- Allergies – Dogs with allergies are typically very itchy, and diphenhydramine, a type of antihistamine, can provide some comfort and relief. In mild cases, diphenhydramine alone may be sufficient, but it is more typically used in combination with other pet medications.
- Hives – Hives are a type of allergic reaction and giving a dog diphenhydramine can help him recover faster than he might have otherwise without the medication.
- Anaphylaxis – A severe allergic reaction can result in facial swelling, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, and sometimes even death. Giving your dog diphenhydramine as you rush to the veterinary hospital may be a life-saver in this situation.
- Motion Sickness – If your dog gets car-sick, giving him diphenhydramine 30 minutes before you travel may help.
- Sedation – Diphenhydramine is a mild sedative and can be used to keep dogs calm during stressful situations.
Talk to your veterinarian to determine if diphenhydramine is right for your dog and what the appropriate dose would be.