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my mom has a 4 yr old or so cairn who has bad allergies & anxiety, which makes him chew himself raw. my mom gives him 40 ML (liquid) of equate, which she chooses over benedryl due to price. he weighs 19 lbs. is that okay? unfortunately he'll still chew himself unless we give him a chew. chews seems to work perfectly, however i dont know if its healthy to give him chews all day long. i also powder him with gold bond body powder. seems to help, but he doesnt let me get to his face, which is noticeable. and we had been giving him grain free foods but his allergies/itching was the same. i believe if there were some chews that would be healthy to eat all day long, he wouldnt itch much. do you know of something?
 

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Will he chew on things he can't consume, like Nylabones and antlers? If so, those would be best. I don't know of any edible chews he could have all day without getting sick or at least very fat.

I don't know how many mg per ml is in Equate Dipenhydramine, but it's probably 12.5 mg per 5 ml--that seems to be average for the liquids. One mg per pound is generally considered the proper dosage for dogs, up to 2 mg per pound for severe cases. Does she really give him 40 mls? That's 8 teaspoons. Which would be. . .100 mgs. Way too much for a 19-pound dog. Unless you mean 40 mg (about 16 ml), which would be slightly too much but not too bad.

Has he been to the vet for his issues? I think he's too far gone for OTC home remedies. If your regular vet can't help, an allergy specialist should be able to sort him out.
 

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From a Vet handout, it says that Diphenhydramine Oral Liquid dosage for 12-22 lbs is 1-2 tsp (5 - 10 ml !!!) 2 - 3 times daily.

I agree with Willowy that a Vet might help with steroids and other meds. The dog may not scratch while chewing, but the anxiety and itching aren't going away.

1. Exercising or 30 min. walks may help the anxiety.
2. Rather than normal feeding, get a few Kongs and put his food into the Kongs to chew... You can also use a Buster Cube.
3. Carrots are OK, but 3 - 4 or more everyday can get fattening.
4. A hard rubber bone should be fine for all day chewing.
 
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