How many ml's is given to a dog with EPI/malab. issues if the strength is 1000mcg per 10 ml vial? and what gauge syringe is best to use?
Type of Animal: Dog
Age: 2 yr 9 months
Name of Dog: Nikko
Subling. b-12 w/intrinsic value...
decided to switch over to injectible
Hello, I am Dr. Zoe, a licensed veterinarian here to help. The dose of cyanocobalamin (B12) is 25 mcg/kg once a week for 4 to 6 weeks (I usually do 6) and then recheck the B12 level. If the level is back to normal then we do once monthly long-term. This will only help if there is initial documentation (lab work) that the cobalamin level is low.
So, the dose you would give depends on how much your dog weighs. I need your dog's Weight. For example, if your dog weighs 25 pounds, then you would be giving 284mcg. The medication you indicated is 1000mcg/ml, which means you would divide 284 by 1000 which is 0.28ml. If you need specific help calculating this for Nikko's weight then let me know. As far as what I use to administer it would be a tuberculin (1cc) syringe with a 25G or 23G needle. This medication does not burn (now in contrast Vitamin B-complex which is different does burn).
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Nikko is 70 lb
70 lbs= 18.8kgNikko's dose: 18.8kg x 25 mcg = 795mcgTotal amount to administer then is 795mcg/1000mcg per ml = 0.8 ml (rounded up...too tough to measure 0.795ml)So, you would give 0.8 ml of cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12 which is usually a pink injectable...not B-complex) once a week for 4 to 6 weeks (as directed by your vet). And then recheck the cobalamin level.Let me know if any of my calculations do not make sense
12 yrs in practice, specialist canine/feline medicine
Thank you for your help. I will recheck him and his 1/2 sister after the 6 shots to see if they are retaining the b12. I'll draw and ship to Texas a & m gastro LAb. Thanks for your help.
You are welcome and best of luck!
Hi Teri,I'm just following up on our conversation about Nikko. How is everything going?DR. Zoe