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What are the side effects of Canine Spectra 7?

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What are the side effects of Canine Spectra 7? She did throw up an hour ago, and she does seem more restless than usual.

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 years ago.

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Yes, the most common side effect - usually to the bacterin (leptospirosis) in Canine Spectra 7 is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction which is evidenced by an urticarial reaction - swelling of the face and/or hives. Doxis are greatly over-represented for this reaction. Most dogs will remiss within 36 hours - untreated.

If you prefer, you can give Molly 1mg/lb of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and repeat that dose in 12 hours if necessary. If you happen to have prednisone at home, a dose of 0.5mg/lb given once should suffice.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Can you give me the equivalent of milliliters?

I have a syringe (no needle) and it only has ml on it? AND... did you mean 1mg per pound? for instance: Molly is 15 lbs... so you mean 15 mgs?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 years ago.

Yes, 15mg of diphenhydramine would be appropriate for Molly. If you're going to make a suspension and squirt it into her I would pound a 25mg pill into powder, then mix 1/2 of that powder into enough water to then use your syringe.

If your diphenhydramine is a 50mg pill or capsule, then 1/4 of that product will suffice. Let me know if I've explained this OK.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Aloha Doctor,

I am sorry, I was not clear... the Benedryl I have is liquid, and the syringe I have is marked with ML measurements. How many milliliters should be given per pound?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 years ago.

Ah! You have to tell me the concentration of your product. It'll tell you how many mg of diphenhydramine is present in each ml (or each 5ml) on the label.

I'll await your reply.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

The label says in each 5 mL (1 tsp) it has 12.5 mg of Diphenhydramine HCI.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 years ago.

You get to squirt 5ml (1 tsp) down Molly. Such fun!

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