Can I give my Morkie Benadryl?

Can I give my Morkie Benadryl?

yorkie-puppy-photoThere are two answers to the question Can I give my Morkie Benadryl?

1.  Yes.

2.  Ask your Vet.

Benadryl is an over-the-counter drug used for allergic reactions in people… and pets. It’s just one of the many antihistamines available on the market although it’s probably the best known. The non-trade name of this antihistamine drug is Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride (HCl)1.

Benadryl for allergies to insects

For small dogs, Benadryl is often used to treat insect bites and stings when the dog has had an allergic reaction. Depending on where the sting or bite is, and how much swelling results – Benadryl can literally be a lifesaver.


Because they often snap at insects, most dogs get bitten on the muzzle or in and around the mouth. Not all stings or bites require treatment; but if your Morkie has an allergic reaction and swells up, that swelling can be quick and quite alarming, and it may be very itchy for your Morkie.  Extreme swelling can even prevent proper breathing and eating. That’s where Benadryl comes in.

Benadryl for motion sickness

Many Morkie owners say that a small amount of Benadryl can help calm motion sickness.

Reactions to vaccinations 

Benadryl is also helpful in treating your Morkie’s (mild) reactions to vaccinations. Again, it can help reduce swelling and itching to make your Morkie more comfortable.

Using Benadryl

For small dogs like Morkies, Yorkies and Maltese, the dosage is quite low. Start with the children’s version of Benadryl, in liquid form, since tablets contain too much medication.  DO NOT USE “Benadryl Elixir,” a liquid product for adults – it contains alcohol, very dangerous for dogs.


pet’s weight in pounds divided by 2.5 = ml’s to be given

So an  8 lb. dog would get 3.2 ml (8 ÷ 2.5 = 3.2 ml’s)

Please be sure to review this with your Veterinarian.

Drug Cautions

While fairly safe, Benadryl does have potential side effects and is not for every pet. And if your Morkie is on other medications, be sure to check with your Vet about using Benadryl.

TIP: For under $10 invest in a baby set of medicine applicators, to help you accurately measure small amounts of liquid.  You can buy one at your drugstore or order from Amazon

Be Prepared

benadryl for kids

Use regular Children’s liquid Benadryl – check the label for Xylitol or any pain meds like acetaminophen and don’t use if those ingredients are present.

Talk to your Vet about Benadryl and whether he/she would recommend it for your Morkie, and also ask about a safe dosage.  Then have it on hand, along with a measuring syringe.

Potential side effects

According to, there can be some potential side effects to Benadryl but they are usually minor, and can include:

  • Drooling
  • Excitability
  • Drowsiness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Depression

For severe side effects, contact your Vet immediately.

Benadryl® is the registered trademark of Johnson and Johnson. The non-trade name of this antihistamine drug is Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride (HCl)1.

Wonder drug for dogs: Benadryl!

Wonder drug for dogs: Benadryl!

benadryl for kids

Good news: Benadryl can help dogs with a number of problems

Benadryl – is a popular allergy medicine that we count on to relieve hay fever and other allergies.

The good news: It’s also OK to give to dogs. 

Benadryl is safe for dogs

In the proper dosage, Benadryl is safe for dogs and helps treat —

  1. dog allergies
  2. the after-effects of vaccinations
  3. reactions to flea bites, bee stings or hornet and wasp stings
  4. ‘hot spots’ on the skin or itching
  5. Benadryl can reduce or eliminate motion sickness for dogs – so it’s perfect for that long car ride
  6. sometimes your Vet may recommend a daily low-dosage to treat anxiety problems

Check with your Vet

Although many websites recommend Benadryl as an important part of your dog first aid kit, others say you should ask your Vet before you give it to your pet.  So why not make this a must-ask at your next Vet appointment and get your Vet’s advice on when and how much Benadryl to give.

Dosage for small dogs

The rule of thumb for Benadryl for dogs, is 1 mg, per pound of the dog, every 8 hours.  However, Benadryl comes in tablet form, in a 25 mg dosage. For a small dog like a Morkie you might need just 4 or 5 mg and it would  be impossible to accurately divide a pill into 5 pieces…. So the liquid form is recommended

Children’s BENADRYL® Liquid does not contain any dyes or alcohol and can be accurately measured with a special eyedropper.

For dogs under 10 pounds:    ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) every 4 to 6 hours

For dogs over 10 pounds:   1 tsp. (5 mL) every 4 to 6 hours



It’s recommended you get an eye droppers, or syringe without the needle, with measurement markings —

Do NOT use these Benadryl in these forms:

Do not use Benadryl decongestants

or Benadryl for Colds

or any other type of Benadryl.

You want  children’s liquid Benadryl with the only ingredient listed: diphenhydramine.

Here’s a handy chart you can download, to help:


Side effects of Benadryl

Your dog will get sleepy and may be more thirsty than normal.  Some food before the Benadryl is a good idea.


Do Not Use Benadryl IF:

  • your dog has hyperthyroidism, glaucoma or chronic lung disease
  • your dog is on other medications
  • your dog is under 4 months old


My Big Disclaimer:

This site provides general information and should not be considered medical advice. You should always check with your Veterinarian prior to choosing a treatment option for your pet.