|Barked: Mon Mar 2, '09 3:15pm PST |
|Xena has both been bitten by and ingested (I think she was mad that it bit her... DH caught her eating it) a Black Widow... In addition to the venom, she had a pretty nasty allergic reaction. The basic formula is 1mg per pound of body weight for Bendadryl. If this is just a reaction to either an insect bite or topical allergy, then it works just fine to calm down the reaction. It doesn't really sound like a food allergy, not with a skin rash.. But, depending on how long it's been going on, the rash may just be from chewing/licking the skin... like a "hot spot." Bendaryl will help with that if that's the case, but you might need some prednisone from the vet to really get over it.. just a short term dosage, the same like we humans get when we have a severe allergic reaction. They give the steroids along with bendadryl.
Personally, I would start with a dose of benadryl. 65lb dog should be able to take 3 tablets (75mg) just fine (or break a tablet in half and give 2 1/2 tablets, but it's not as precise as using the liquid). Or, if you want to be more precise, get the liquid childrens and buy a large dropper to give the meds. If this doesn't clear it up, I'd visit the vet just to make sure it's not a skin infection or some other itchies... Try the benadryl for a day or two at least, though, unless another symptom pops up that makes you more concerned.
Edited by author Mon Mar 2, '09 3:18pm PST
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