When it comes to our dogs, we want to be sure that anything we give them is safe. Lots of dog owners give human medications to their dogs. While some are safe in small doses, others can be highly toxic.
- Benadryl can be used in small doses to treat mild health conditions but there are side effects to consider.
- Melatonin is secreted naturally by the body and regulates the sleep cycle. In the evenings, melatonin levels rise to prepare the body for sleep. In the hours before sunrise, the body stops secreting melatonin to trigger wakefulness.
Can I give my dog Benadryl and Melatonin together?
You can give either Melatonin or Benadryl in small doses but never both together. While melatonin is a natural substance, both treatments cause drowsiness, giving both medications together can cause an overdose, which can quickly be fatal.
Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog over-the-counter medications or natural remedies.
Can Benadryl help dogs sleep?
Many dog owners wonder if they can give their dog Benadryl to help with sleep as the medication is known to cause drowsiness. This is not a good idea as giving Benadryl on a regular basis can lead to long-term health problems for your dog. It also does not treat the cause of your dog’s insomnia.
You can give your dog Benadryl temporarily, but never on a regular basis. A safe dosage as a one-off or for a couple of days is 2mg per kilo of body weight or 1mg per pound. Doses should be given at least 8 hours apart. Benadryl should never be given to pregnant dogs or those suffering from heart failure, seizures, lung disease or high blood pressure.
A better solution for your dog’s insomnia is to find the cause of his restless sleep and fix that. It could be due to an illness or injury, allergies, lack of exercise or separation anxiety. Treating the cause will stop the restless sleep and you will not need to give your dog any kind of sedative.
Does Benadryl help dogs with mast cell tumors?
When a substance enters the dog’s body that they are allergic to, the body secretes histamines. This causes the typical symptoms of an allergic reaction such as hives and a runny nose. Benadryl contains diphenhydramine which is an antihistamine used to treat mild allergic reactions.
Mast cell tumors are a mass of white blood cells which also secrete histamine and can cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Benadryl can be used in low doses over a short period to treat skin irritation and sore eyes.
There are specific treatments for mast cell tumors that are far more effective and will treat the tumors themselves, not just the symptoms they cause.