141103_dog_bigOne of the great things about having a dog is being able to share things with it. Maybe it’s sharing a childhood toy with your dog, or maybe your favorite food. One thing that really needs to be approached with caution however is sharing meds. Now don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of drugs out there that are perfectly safe for dogs to take, but you’d be surprised at the amount of uneducated dog owners out there who give pills to their dog that they are not supposed to take. The rules change when it comes to what a human can digest and what a dog can digest. Here are some things to watch out for when it comes to sharing meds with your dog.

One of the most discussed topics when it comes to medicine and dogs is benadryl. Benadryl is commonly used for to dogs to treat vaccine reactions, bug bites, allergies, tumors, blood transfusions, and motion sickness. So as you can see, there are a lot of reasons to give benadryl to a dog. With that said, you still have to educate yourself when it comes to the proper dosage. Giving your dog too much benadryl can be very harmful! There are other regular side effects when it comes to benadryl though, so be sure not to get confused and think that your dog is having a harsh reaction to the benadryl when in reality it is just a standard side effect.

The amount of benadryl is important to consider, but also the type of beandryl needs to be researched as well. Yes, there are more than one kind. Other formulations of benadryl can contain alcohol and even sweeteners that are very dangerous and toxic when consumed by dogs. If you’re going to the store to get benadryl for your dog, make sure you make it clear to whoever is getting it that it is for a dog and not you. It doesn’t matter if you have one of the smartest dog breeds in the world, your dog will not know what the benadryl its about to take is bad for it. The results could be catastrophic, and all because you didn’t educate yourself. Don’t let this happen to you.