This quick guide covers everything you need to know about euthanizing your dog peacefully using Benadryl. In addition to that, I have also talked about Benadryl in much detail so that you don’t have to read another guide to know about this medication.
The diphenhydramine, most commonly known as Benadryl is an antihistamine sold over the counter that has several uses for treating dogs.
Uses of Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
The most common uses of Benadryl is based on their antihistaminic properties. However, it also has other pharmacological effects that make the drug an appropriate option in many circumstances. The most common uses of diphenhydramine are:
- Can be used as a sedative
- Prevents and control motion sickness
- Excellent medicine to control vomiting
- Acts in controlling the extrapyramidal side effects (such as tremors and anxiety) when phenothiazine drugs are used (such as chlorpromazine or acepromazine)
- Acts as an aid in the treatment of poisoning by organophosphates or carbamates (to control tremors)
- Helps to prevent secondary allergic reactions when indicated doxorubicin treatment
- Can be used for treating urticaria (a skin reaction often observed in canine allergic reactions) and angioedema (swelling localized like similar to hives). Benadryl® can be used in combination with prednisone and/or epinephrine to treat these conditions stop treating canine atopy (a canine allergy often causes skin diseases)
- Helps to get rid of pruritus (itching)
- An excellent remedy to treat sneezing reverse syndrome
- A good pre-surgery therapy for tumor excision of splenic mast cells (histamine to counteract the effects of mast cells).
Side effects of Benadryl® (diphenhydramine)
Like with any medication, there is a possibility of side effects getting triggered after administering Benadryl (diphenhydramine).
Possible side effects include:
- Depression of the central nervous system resulting in lethargy and/or drowsiness
- Anticholinergic effects such as dry mouth and urinary retention
- Gastrointestinal effects such as vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite.
Sedative effects of this antihistamine may decrease over time. However, working dogs may be adversely affected by Benadryl as a result of its sedative effect.
When to prevent the use of diphenhydramine or Benadryl®
The use of Benadryl ® (diphenhydramine) should be prevented in certain circumstances. Hypersensitive to Benadryl or other drugs in its class animals should receive the medication.
Furthermore, Benadryl has anticholinergic effects which may adversely affect other conditions, such as:
- Closed-angle glaucoma
- Prostate enlargement (hypertrophy of the prostate gland)
- Gastric outlet obstruction
- Blockage in the neck of the bladder
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Benadryl should be used with caution in patients with these conditions. In addition, caution should be taken by patients suffering from these problems: Cardiovascular disease (heart disease), hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperthyroidism
How to Euthanize a Dog with Benadryl
The standard dosage limit for dogs is generally 1 mg of Benadryl per pound of body weight. You should always consult your vet, as there are a number of factors that can change this dosage recommendation.
The average dose included in a tablet is 25 mg Benadryl, so a dog 25 pounds will be given to a tablet. Check the dosage in the package, and do not assume that each product will be the same.
Now make sure to give more than 3 times of the normal dosage that will first calm down your dog to sleep and slowly as the medicine’s action get increased and your dog will pass from this mortal world very slowly and peacefully.