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Old 03-08-2010, 12:32 PM
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I know you can give children's benadryl to ferrets. but what is the common dosage? My vet had said about .5cc of it, but that seems like an awful lot and she's not all that ferret knowledgeable when it comes to this sort of thing unfortunately.
I looked it up online and there is such a varying answer to the question...anywhere from .2cc to .6cc so I was just wondering how much you would recommend? It's for a 6 month old male that weighs about 2.5lb
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I know you can give children's benadryl to ferrets. but what is the common dosage? My vet had said about .5cc of it, but that seems like an awful lot and she's not all that ferret knowledgeable when it comes to this sort of thing unfortunately.
I looked it up online and there is such a varying answer to the question...anywhere from .2cc to .6cc so I was just wondering how much you would recommend? It's for a 6 month old male that weighs about 2.5lb
Children's Benadryl (12.5mg/5mL) is given at 0.5-2mg/kg orally bid or tid (two or three times per day).

A teaspoon is about 5 mL
12.5/5 gets to 2.5 mg per mL
Since the amounts given are usually multiples of a tenth of the mL, 0.1 mL has 0.25 mg of Benadryl.
So, 0.2 mL has 0.5mg, 0.3 mL has 0.75 mg, 0.4 mL has 1.0 mg of Benadryl by weight, etc.

Since your ferret weighs 2.5 lbs, that is just a bit over 1kg. Therefore, the dose for your ferret will be about 0.25mL to 0.8mL every 8-12 hours. I would start at the lowest dose of 0.25mL and increase as needed.

If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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You can probably get a syringe without a needle at a local pharmacy.
Insulin syringes are very common and more than accurate enough for measuring these quantites.

Just curious, what are you treating with the benadryl?
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Wow! Thanks for the information. I have a syringe from the vet and got some of the Benadryl today, so we are armed and ready for battle in the morning. The vet and I have a hunch that Fender is allergic to something which is causing his breathing issues in his cage (he's absolutely fine if he's out running around and such...very weird). So, the vet wants me to dose him the Benadryl for a couple days and let her know if he is still having problems. If he isn't we're going to further investigate what the allergy could be and how we can control it.

We really don't have a clue what he could be allergic to though. My detergent is hypoallergenic/dye free/perfume free and all that jazz...and he now has Yesterday's News for litter (I had thought he was perhaps allergic to the wood stove pellets I use for the other boys). There's really nothing in the cage that should be giving him an issue. I have him by himself just in case he is in fact sick (which we can't seem to diagnose him with anything either).

I came to the conclusion it's either something I've overlooked in the cage, or he's faking it so he can sit with mommy at the computer longer
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Do you use fabric softner? either dryer sheets or liquid could be aggravating to him. Some babies are more sensitive than others to fabric softners. Just a thought.
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Do you use fabric softner? either dryer sheets or liquid could be aggravating to him. Some babies are more sensitive than others to fabric softners. Just a thought.
I have one that is allergic to air fresheners and burning candles. Had to stop burning a candle in the sanctuary cause his little eyes would tear up and he would cough and sneeze.
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Do you use fabric softner? either dryer sheets or liquid could be aggravating to him. Some babies are more sensitive than others to fabric softners. Just a thought.
Nope. No fabric softener liquid. I'm allergic to that, myself. I do use dryer sheets but they are designed for babies and people with allergies so they are scent free and basically free of anything that would be useful haha. I use either Nature's Miracle laundry detergent or I'll use my own which is hypoallergenic/dye free.
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I came to the conclusion it's either something I've overlooked in the cage, or he's faking it so he can sit with mommy at the computer longer
Just a hunch, but what kind of litter are you using ? Many of them give off a dust which can cause a lot of sneezing.

I'm real curious to hear how the Benadryl treatment goes.
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Just a hunch, but what kind of litter are you using ? Many of them give off a dust which can cause a lot of sneezing.

I'm real curious to hear how the Benadryl treatment goes.
Oops. I just re-read and saw "Yesterday's News"
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Well, I was using wood stove pellets...and I know they bothered my other fuzzy, Diggory's little nosey. I recently swapped to Yesterday's News, thinking perhaps the wood stove pellets were bugging Fender, too. However, he was still coughing/sneezing with the YN. I treated him for about a week and a half with .25cc of Benadryl twice a day. He's no longer having problems and isn't on the Benadryl anymore. I suspect he was never fully healthy from whatever PetCo was treating him for, and the Benadryl helped to cover up the symptoms.

I must say, that Benadryl sure is powerful! I'd hear Fender cough or sneeze, pop some Benadryl in him, and within a couple minutes, he was not sneezing or coughing anymore. I didn't dose him on time one night, and he was MISERABLE. He was frozen in his cage just sneezing and sneezing and sneezing over and over. Small dose of the 'magic medicine' and he was happily bouncing around again.

Benadryl is amazing. End of story.
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