A swollen face can be alarming for any pet owner. Your initial thought might be to panic, but it’s important to keep calm and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Can I give my dog Benadryl for a swollen face?
Yes, you can give your dog Benadryl for a swollen face due to an allergic reaction. For minor reactions such as bee stings or seasonal allergies, antihistamines like Benadryl can help reduce inflammation and discomfort in your pet.
As with many other ailments, there are a number of different reasons your dog might have a swollen face. Some are minor, while others are more serious. We recommend contacting your vet before administering any medication to your dog in order to determine the best course of action.
How much Benadryl do you give a dog for swelling?
To determine the proper amount of Benadryl for your dog, use this simple equation: 1 mg per pound of body weight every 12 hours. For example, if a 40-pound dog is suffering from swelling, he would need 40 mg of Benadryl every 8 to 12 hours until his symptoms subside.
How long does Benadryl take to work in dogs for swelling?
Benadryl generally takes about 1 to 2 hours to work. The most common side effect is drowsiness, which should wear off after about 4 hours.
Swelling on your dog’s face can take anywhere from several hours to a day or two to subside without medical treatment. If you do opt for medical intervention, your vet can administer an antihistamine or any other medications as he deems fit. However, most dogs do not require any sort of treatment and their swelling goes away on its own after a while.
If your dog has trouble breathing or is having difficulty swallowing, take her to the vet immediately.
My dog’s face is still swollen after Benadryl
If your dog’s face is swollen and he’s having difficulty breathing, it is best to err on the side of caution. These symptoms could be caused by something harmless, but they could also indicate a life-threatening condition like anaphylaxis, so take him to the vet immediately.
Treating your dog’s condition will depend upon the underlying cause. If your dog is suffering from an acute allergic reaction, your veterinarian can prescribe antihistamines, as well as corticosteroids for dogs with more severe allergies. Dogs can also be given anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications depending on the nature and severity of the allergy.
It’s important to note that Benadryl isn’t the only option for easing your dog’s allergies, and it’s not always the best choice.
Why is my dog’s face swollen suddenly?
It can be difficult to determine why your dog’s face has become swollen or puffy. There are a number of reasons for this, and it’s important to identify the underlying cause so that you and your vet can decide on a treatment plan. Some common underlying causes of facial swelling include:
- A foreign body in the mouth such as a bone or stick
- Allergic reactions
- An infection such as an ear infection or sinus infection
- An abscess or other sort of tumor
- A side effect from medication such as steroids
The first thing to consider is that it’s important to note that while the swelling could be a sign of something serious, it could also be something completely benign. This is why if you suspect that your pet might be suffering from an illness, you should make sure you seek professional advice before you start administering medications or supplements.
What are the negative effects of Benadryl?
There are some side effects of Benadryl that you should be aware of before you give them to your dog. They include increased heart rate and stimulation of the central nervous system, as well as excitability and tremors in some cases.
Is there a dog version of Benadryl?
Yes, Vetadryl® is the pet version of Benadryl®. It comes in 10mg and 30 mg tablet strengths. Vetadryl® is a liver-flavored diphenhydramine HCl tablet formulated specifically for dogs and cats.
The “Vet” prefix on the name indicates that the drug was developed for veterinary use to minimize the risk of administering the incorrect amount, which can harm your pet.
Alternatives to Benadryl for dogs
Benadryl is one of the most common medications used to treat allergic reactions in dogs, but it isn’t the only option. As with many medications, there are several alternatives to Benadryl.
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Fexofenadine (Allegra)
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Clemastine (Tavegyl)
- Chlorpheniramine (ChlorTrimeton)
- Cyproheptadine (Periactin)
- Hydroxyzine (Atarax)
- Terfenadine (Seldane)
- Trimeprazine (Temaril-P)
Conclusion of Benadryl for dogs with a swollen face
If your dog has a swollen face and is not struggling to breathe, it’s possible that giving Benadryl may help to bring down the swelling. However, if your dog is showing signs of distress or his face is swelling at an alarming rate, call your vet immediately.
If your vet recommends giving Benadryl, follow their instructions and watch for any negative side effects. If you cannot get hold of your vet right away, contact a pet poison helpline and ask for advice.