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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I need to give my severely anemic cat a vitamin complex. I

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i need to give my severely anemic cat a vitamin b complex. I have Cyanocobalamin (B12) 100 mcg. On thursday i gave 0.1 ml with fluids. I give this once a week, but i do not believe it is enough. What is the recommended dosage for cats in ml. I've seen 0.25 to 0.5 to 1.0 ml
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

Debi, cats such as Beemer are administered 250 micrograms subcutaneously once per week for 6 weeks and then every 1-2 months based on cobalamin levels. I need to know the concentration of your product in micrograms/mL, please.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
The concentration is 100 mcg
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

100 mcg/mL? If so, Beemer would receive 2.5 mL once per week for 6 weeks and then every 1-2 months based on cobalamin levels. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
2.5 ml? I am currently giving him 0.1 ml which i thought was very low, but 2.5 ml seems high. Please confirm.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
The vet prescribed 0.1 and is out until Monday. I've had the techs mess up before on instructions so I wanted to make sure it wasn't 1 ml
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

If you have a human preparation, 100 micrograms per mL is a common concentration. There are 250 micrograms in 2.5 mL in that concentration which would be Beemer's dose. Human preparations also come in 1000 micrograms/mL. Be sure that you have the 100 microgram/mL.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
This is called Vetone Vitamin B complex hp with Cyanocobalamin (B12) 100 mcg.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

Give me a minute to check that out, please.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

Yes, that product contains 100 micrograms of B12 per mL. It's designed for cattle, swine, and sheep. Check your label. It would be unusual to give this to a cat because if you gave the correct dose of B12, you would be overdosing the other vitamins in that product.