Message Number: YG1563 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-21 20:46:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Dr. Williams or anyone else (Benadryl)

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., katharine <shurcool@t...> wrote:
> Let me try this.....hope it's not too elementary.
> My mind just has to do things this way.
> My Benadryl bottle says a teaspoon = 12.5mg
> There are 5ml in a teaspoon
> Therefore, you have 12.5mg per 5ml
> You would divide 12.5 (mg per teaspoon) by 5 (ml
> per teaspoon) = 2.5
> You now have 2.5mg per ml
> To get to 2 mg, you would divide 2 (the amount you
> want to get to) by 2.5 (the amount in 1ml) =
> .8ml (your dosage amount)
> The proper dosage is 2mg per kg (2.2 lbs)
> Dr. Williams has said, in the past, that Benadryl
> is quite forgiving so you can actually just give
> everyone about 1 ml. You might go with a little
> less for a tiny ferret or a little more for a huge
> one. I pre-dose before we leave home which is
> about 30-45 minutes before we see the vet.
> I have also heard of people giving Benadryl for 2
> days prior, the day of the vaccination, and the
> next day. Either Dr. Williams (forgive me if I'm
> wrong) or my vet said there was no benefit to
> doing that.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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