Benadryl dosage ?
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  • Malaika has developed some hives, she has a few on her sides but the rest are mostly on her legs. The possibilities are ant bites or nettles, she has been near both.
    They are not bothering her at all as far as i can tell but i think i would like to have Benadryl in just in case.
    Please can someone tell me the safe dosage ?

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  • 1 to 2 tablets (capsules) that are 25mg each

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  • The dose for dogs is 1mg per pound every 8 hours (or three times in 1 24 hour period).


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  • Thankyou Pat and Linda,
    have picked some capsules up, just in case.
    It says they have 8mg Acrivastine in each capsule and shouldn't be given to children under 12 years, .Adults are to take just one, up to 3 times a day.
    At the moment she is fine and doesn't seem itchy at all, just has a lot of lumps. I think it's likely to be nettles as i think there is too many to be ant bites.

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  • It is a really bad season for fleas. My vet said it is much worse than the last few years. I am treating 3 cats for it right now. Any chance it's a flea problem?

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  • Just an update,
    hives still there but i would say they are going down . Still not bothering her so i'm not going to give her the Benedryl and we will just wait it out.
    Thank you all for the advice/

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  • @thunderbird8588:

    Just an update,
    hives still there but i would say they are going down . Still not bothering her so i'm not going to give her the Benedryl and we will just wait it out.
    Thank you all for the advice/

    That's good that they are going down.

    Mine are getting eaten by the Scottish midgies at the minute:(

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  • I have given Shaye (20.8 lbs) Benedryl .25 mg when she has gotten ant bites she wouldn't leave alone -vet says that's fine. My sister gives her dog Benedryl when there's going to be a bad thunderstorm, just to calm him down as well.

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  • Malaika fine thanks. Can i just check for future reference, when you mention 25mg thats the dosage for the whole day?, not one dose.

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  • Yes, I would not give it more than once every 12 hours if it's necessary to repeat. Makes them drowsy as well.

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  • Sorry to be a bit dense, but is one tablet 25mg. Ours in the uk are 8mg per tablet

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  • The veterinary reccommended dose is what I wrote to you earlier - this is not some random number pulled out of a hat but what the vets in my clinic (and around the country) with whom I work reccommend:

    Dogs: 1mg per pound every 8 hours (or three times in 1 24 hour period).

    So if your tablets are 8mg of acrivastine diphenhydramine each then a 24 pound basenji would be 3 tablets (8x3=24) - up to 3 times daily if needed.

    While hives are not life threatening in and of themselves, they do indicate a reaction triggered by certain antibodies made by the immune system. When these antibodies are released in the system, they make basophils and mast cells (these are inflammatory cells) to release other substances leading to an allergic reaction in the dogs body which can affect the throat making breathing difficult - with or with out itch.

    Had it been my dog, I would have treated with benadryl until the hives subsided to counter balance any negative affects that could have popped up when you least expected it.

    I would also be aware that all future allergic responses have a very high chance of being much more agressive. If possible - liquid benadryl would be nice to have on hand for such on occasion.


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    Shelley - I always keep homeopathic 'medicines' For just such an eventuality. Apis Mel 30c for insect bites and stings and Urticaria 30c for allergy rashes.

    On our walks my Basenjis are always dashing into nettles after prey and as soon as we get back they all have one tablet of Urticaria each and after a very little while all is well and they never develop allergy rashes. In my opinion much better than using chemicals of any sort!

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  • Shelly - yes, our dosage in one capsule is .25. With the .8 mg pills (or capsules, whichever) that you get, I would dose the way Sinbaje (Linda) suggested.

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  • @sinbaje:

    The veterinary reccommended dose is what I wrote to you earlier - this is not some random number pulled out of a hat but what the vets in my clinic (and around the country) with whom I work reccommend:

    Dogs: 1mg per pound every 8 hours (or three times in 1 24 hour period).

    So if your tablets are 8mg of acrivastine diphenhydramine each then a 24 pound basenji would be 3 tablets (8x3=24) - up to 3 times daily if needed.

    While hives are not life threatening in and of themselves, they do indicate a reaction triggered by certain antibodies made by the immune system. When these antibodies are released in the system, they make basophils and mast cells (these are inflammatory cells) to release other substances leading to an allergic reaction in the dogs body which can affect the throat making breathing difficult - with or with out itch.

    Had it been my dog, I would have treated with benadryl until the hives subsided to counter balance any negative affects that could have popped up when you least expected it.

    I would also be aware that all future allergic responses have a very high chance of being much more agressive. If possible - liquid benadryl would be nice to have on hand for such on occasion.

    Thanks for the info Linda,
    i didn't think for a minute that the dasage you gave was a random figure, it's just that tablets in the UK seem to be 8mg only and a full grown adult human can only have one tablet at a time, 3 times a day, so you can see my confusion, a Basenji weighing much less. Using human drugs on my dog is very new and i of course want to get it right, hence all the questions.
    She is fine now but i will bear in mind your advice.

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  • @Patty:

    Shelley - I always keep homeopathic 'medicines' For just such an eventuality. Apis Mel 30c for insect bites and stings and Urticaria 30c for allergy rashes.

    On our walks my Basenjis are always dashing into nettles after prey and as soon as we get back they all have one tablet of Urticaria each and after a very little while all is well and they never develop allergy rashes. In my opinion much better than using chemicals of any sort!

    Thanks for the information, Helena i will get some Apis Mel and some Urticaria.

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  • @Shaye's:

    Shelly - yes, our dosage in one capsule is .25. With the .8 mg pills (or capsules, whichever) that you get, I would dose the way Sinbaje (Linda) suggested.

    Thanks for your help, as i said to Linda, this is all new to me and i need to get it right.

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  • @Shaye's:

    Shelly - yes, our dosage in one capsule is .25. With the .8 mg pills (or capsules, whichever) that you get, I would dose the way Sinbaje (Linda) suggested.

    Uhm, check your decimals. .25 is much less than .8mg. 25mg is greater than 8mg. I have no idea what the normal dose is outside of the US, but in the US, the regular dose is 25mg (not .25mg).

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