Benadryl Dosage for Horses**UPDATE**HIves are kaput

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  1. wyldterv

    wyldterv Senior Member+

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    Does anyone know the dosage recommendation of Benadryl for horses??? TIA...
     
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  2. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    Ask your vet. (PS, I'll PM you in a minute since I know you.....)

    I have it written down. hold up.
     
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    nm, I can't find the paper...hold up
     
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    Have call into vet... he's doing Emergency C-Section on a Cow at the moment... so it might be awhile... Lexi, deciding she did not want to WORK today I suspect, lol, has come down with a right nasty case of hives... She's been locked in her stall, washed with listerne to make sure whatever she got into is not left on her skin.. and I'd like to pump some Benedryl into her and I can't remember the proper dosage for horses:no: DOGS yes, HUMANS Yes... can't remember/find info for Equines...sigh... it's always something, eh???
     
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    Just Pm'd you.
     
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    BW to the rescue, got the info I needed THANK YOU Michelle!!!!!!! Hope the cow's c-section goes OK, I'll be hearing all about that when vet finally does call back, lol.
     
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    Thanks to BW's resourcefulness when my vet was busy c-sectioning a Dairy cow and not available anytime soon to help me, I got the proper dosage info I was looking for, dosed Lexi and voila, her hives are almost entirely gone now... just a few very small ones left on her belly:D She still gets the rest of the day off from work because (a) they're not completely 100% gone and (b) it's still raining out... but hopefully by tomorrow weather will be better and Lexi's hives 100% gone and back to work she goes, lol...
     
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    good to hear she is better, I was concerned earlier when I saw this but didn't know why you needed to know. Horses get into more trouble than any of my kids EVER have LOL
     
  9. sheplovr

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    I would never give my horses that stuff, just cut back on hot feed, no corn, mollasses, etc. Feed a light flaked oats and hay dampened and it will not heat up and cut back some on feeding too much during the heat, work it less, just light walking in a nice trail ride not to over heat it to cause hives. It works I know as I have been there done that honey
     
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    Unfortunately, when the hives are there, you usually need to do something to make the horse more comfortable.

    If you yourself broke into hives, and couldn't get into the doc, what would you do?

    Spend the 10 cents and take a benedryl (as benedryl is the #1 antihistamine Doctors recommend for minor to major allergic reactions?) or go spend over a $1000 dollars for the doc to give you the $0.10 cent pill/35 cent shot?

    Epinephrin is the other "drug" of choice during severe, life threatening allergic reactions in humans and animals.


    Are there other choices for horses? Yep. But how many of us have Steroid medication handy? Most of our cubbards include NSAIDs....which don't do that good on allergic reactions. Steroid therapy and Benedryl are the two drugs most popular in Vet medicine for reactions.

    And in a pinch, until you can get your horse to the vet, having Benedryl on board usually doesn't kill the horse. Especially if it means bying you the extra 15 minutes of life (in a bad reaction)

    An allergic reaction can go from Hives to Not breathing pretty darn quickly. And honestly, I personally, having the knowledge and training that I have, couldn't stand around watching my horse go down because Benedryl isn't the FIRST choice a vet would use....but it is the ONLY choice I would have at my house.


    If your horse is normally reactive to something, talk to your vet about having the drug of their choice on hand.
     






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