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what to do if a dog gets bit by a centipede mix yorkie/chihuaha

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what to do if a dog gets bit by a centipede? mix yorkie/chihuaha about 3 lbs?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 6 years ago.
Hello there,

Was it a posionous centipede?

Is the dog painful?

Is there any swelling or redness on the skin?

Is the dog acting normal?

How long ago was the bite?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Do not know if it was poisinous; yes when we touch her limb; swollen and redness; she is in pain; it was quick.
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 6 years ago.
Poisonous centipede bites are very painful. Oral Benadryl can be used at 1/4 of a 25 mg tablet every 8 hours as needed for the reaction. If the pain persists, buffered aspirin can be used every 12-24 hours as needed at 5 mg per pound body weight. It must be given with food or it can cause stomach upset. If the dog starts acting shocky (pale gums, wobbly, disoriented, panting, distressed), you need an injection of dexamethasone from your vet.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

I have liquid Benadryl and using a teaspoon. How much? a few drops?

 

 

Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 6 years ago.
It should say on the bottle 12.5 mg per ml. If that is the case, a 1/4 teaspoon would be enough.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for your help
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 6 years ago.
You are very welcome. Good Luck!
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