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My dachshund 13 year old female dachshund had surgery today

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My dachshund
13 year old female dachshund had surgery today for a tumor removed. She has developed a reaction to something and has welps all over her body. I think Benedryl could help. I have tried to call my vet on his answering service and it is late at night. I have Benedryl in my medicine cabinet. How much should I give her? She weighs 20 pounds? Please help!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I would agree that if your Dachshund has developed hives and perhaps is itchy, that she may be having a reaction to something ....although we may not know exactly what that "something" might be.

But regardless, the appropriate dose of Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) for a 20 lb dog would be 25 mg twice a day. Sedation is often a commonly seen side effect so be prepared for her to be a little drowsy.

Some dogs will require stronger drugs such as steroids before hives resolve but the largest percentage will respond to Benadryl.

I hope this helps. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

I'm just following up on your Dachshund. How is she doing today? Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Deb