Sorry I didn't see this earlier. For a DANE that's going to be a heck of a LOT of Benedryl. The dose is actually 1-2 mg per pound body weight given two to three times per day-- depending on what you're giving it for. If you're giving it for something like a bee sting you want to use the TWO mg/lb dose. If you're giving it longer term for something like allergies then the 1 mg per pound
1 teaspoon = 12.5 mg.
1 teaspoon = 1/2 capsule
1 capsule = 25 mg.
So you're supposed to use 1 mg per pound body weight (you're never going to need to know how many ml's -- use a child's tube spoon but be prepared to give SEVERAL)
So say you have a dog that's 100 pounds.
That's FOUR over the counter capsules (for a 100 pound dog) given three times a day -- that's TWELVE capsules over the course of a day.
If you're giving it in liquid, that same 100 pound dog needs EIGHT TEASPOONS of Benedryl and then repeat that to give 2-3 times a day.
3 teaspoons is a tablespoon. So 8 teaspoons is 2 & 2/3 tablespoons. (just for a mental frame of reference -- that's a LOT of Benedryl)
STILL TALKING ABOUT A 100 POUND DOG HERE
1 teaspoon = 5 ml -- so you're talking about 40 ml of Benedryl for one dose. or 80 ml for the does for anaphylactic shock (like bee sting).
ML's would be pretty hard to deal with I think. I'm laughing Dyan.
However, the reason the vet is telling you to keep the liquid Benedryl on hand is because in an emergency *like a bee sting* the body absorbs it FASTER than the pills. The children's liquid is basically alcohol and sugar so it absorbs faster into the body.
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