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What are Hives Due to Allergies?

Allergic reactions for dogs often appear on the skin in the form of redness, swelling, and itching. Urticaria, known more commonly as hives, is another common skin reaction to allergens. Although hives are not generally life-threatening, they can develop into more serious problems. These small raised wheals are extremely itchy, and if your dog scratches at them, they may become even more inflamed or even rupture which can lead to dangerous skin infections. Swelling that occurs in the throat and nasal passages can also make breathing difficult, if not impossible.

Urticaria, known more commonly as hives, is a common skin reaction to allergens that produces red, raised bumps that cause intense itching.

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Symptoms of Hives Due to Allergies in Dogs

Not every bump or inflammation on a dog can be considered hives. Hives generally develop within approximately twenty minutes after exposure to the allergen. They are cutaneous wheals, meaning that they are bumps that appear on the skin itself rather than the fatty layer under the skin. They are round, raised bumps that are between one to five centimeters in diameter, but severe hives can occasionally converge to create a larger mass.

  • Round raised bumps
  • Itchiness
  • Red patches

Types

Hives are not the only type of bumps that can be indicative of an allergic reaction: 

  • Angioedema - Bumps similar in size to hives but found subcutaneously, in the fatty layer beneath the skin; angioedema may occur with or without hives, and the itching and burning sensations can be intense
  • Atopy - Atopy is an allergic reaction characterized by inflamed and itchy skin; dogs with atopy may also develop papules, tiny raised bumps, which are usually under a centimeter in diameter
  • Urticaria - Cutaneous bumps that are one to five centimeters in diameter. Can be found in small clusters or all over the body

Causes of Hives Due to Allergies in Dogs

Although any allergy can result in hives, certain types of allergens are prone to causing them. The most common sources for hives can include:

  • Drug and immunization reactions
  • Food allergies
  • Insect stings and bites
  • Insecticides (usually from contact with treated plants and grass)
  • Plant related allergic response
  • Soaps and shampoos

Diagnosis of Hives Due to Allergies in Dogs

Hives have a fairly distinctive raised appearance and can often be diagnosed visually. The primary diagnostics are not focused on the symptom of hives, but rather on the cause of the hives themselves. Allergies are the most frequent cause of hives, but there are many types of allergies, so the emphasis is placed on determining the allergen that is causing the reaction. The veterinarian is likely to request a biochemistry profile and a complete blood count which may expose a type of white blood cell that would indicate an allergic reaction called eosinophils.

Skin scrapings will often be taken from any areas that are affected by the hives or by other types of rash, for use in the microscopic examination of the skin cells to look for issues like signs of disease, mites, or yeast infections. This type of evaluation is called a cutaneous cytology. In some cases, small amounts of the suspected allergen or allergens are injected under the skin to confirm that suspicion. In the event that the allergy is a food related allergy, dietary trials are often the best method to uncover which ingredient the patient is reacting to.

Treatment of Hives Due to Allergies in Dogs

If your dog has developed hives due to allergy, your veterinarian will give you instructions on how to ease the itching and swelling. Quite often urticaria disappears spontaneously, but in cases where it persists, antihistamines like Benadryl or Zyrtec are often the first line of defense when it comes to treatments given to combat allergic reactions if medication is required. However, many natural remedies may ease the itching of urticaria. Colloidal oatmeal (oatmeal ground into flour) is a safe and inexpensive treatment which can be found in many pantries, and essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and peppermint can help relieve the itching pain associated hives.

Your dog’s doctor should also be consulted before using any over-the-counter medications, as the dosage for canines is quite a bit different than the dosage for humans, and it can vary based not only on your dog’s weight, but also based on their physical condition and other medications they may be taking. Antihistamines are only effectual in around 20% - 30% of dogs who are allergic and even those effects can fade with time, so in severe or chronic episodes steroids and corticosteroids may be required.

Recovery of Hives Due to Allergies in Dogs

As allergic reactions tend to get more aggressive over time, it may be recommended that you get a prescription for an epi-pen if your dog has had a moderate to severe allergic reaction involving hives or angioedema. This device has a properly measured dose of epinephrine for your dog. Canines over 45 pounds are generally prescribed a regular adult EpiPen, canines between 20-45 pounds will use the EpiPenJr, and animals smaller than 20 pounds will usually be given a syringe with the right sized dose for their size. Use of an EpiPen should be followed by a trip to the emergency room, even if your dog appears fully recovered. Epinephrine is a short-acting drug, and the allergic reaction may resume without proper medical treatment.

Hives Due to Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Typhon / Rhea
Boxer
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hives
none
Redness
Itching
Swelling Eye / Face

Medication Used

dex-sp injection 12 hours
Prednisone 20mg tabs every 12 hours
Prednisone 10mg tabs every 12 hour
Benedryl

Hi I have two 3 year old boxers Male Typhon and female Rhea. Typhon woke us at 5am sat morning with both eyes swollen shut. I gave benadryl right away 1 mg/lb. I monitored him super close all day 3 doses into the day his eye swelling went down but he developed hives. So i took him to the emergency vet and they gave us steroid shot for him and some to take home. He has been on both every 12 hours but the hives will not go away they are progressively getting worse. Nothing has changed in diet or environment. His sister Rhea showed no issues until the next day sunday her face began to swell and she got hives, i gave her benadryl and when her eye began to swell we too her into the emergency vet, they did the same with her. She is clearing up but Typhon is not the hives are horrible on him. I have one more dose left of the steroid to be given tonite at 7pm with benadryl. I dont understand why he isn't getting better.

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Mercedes
Pitbull mix
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red Bumps

I noticed my puppy had some small bumps on her head and the area seemed to have lost some fur. Took her to the vet, they administered ivermectin and recommended that her skin is rubbed with a mixture of petroleum Jelly, crab oil and Sulpher. I used the crab oil and Sulpher but with Shea butter instead of Petroleum. Within the next 4 days I noticed like she was developing similar spots on other parts of her body, like her neck extending a bit downwards to her front legs area. I decided to take her back to the vet on about the 4th day after the ivermectin shot, they decided that she should be wormed out and put on Piriton tabs for about 3 days. Today is the first day since she started on that but I'm concerned as to if it's gonna work because I do not want the condition to get worst.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Mercedes and seeing the bumps it is difficult to say what the specific case is since infections, parasites, autoimmune disease, allergies among other issues may cause these types of symptoms. Piriton (chlorphenamine) is an effective antihistamine and may work in cases of allergies. If there is no improvement, a skin scraping or skin biopsy should be taken for examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Logan
American Bulldog
6 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hives

Medication Used

Benedryl

My dog was outside in the yard yesterday maybe for 20 mins and when he came inside I saw one of his eye like the skin around it not eyeball itself looked swollen when I sat down on the floor he came over to me and rolled on his back and I noticed all these big red bumps all over his skin and I can tell he is miserable. I have been giving him Benadryl but it doesn't seem better or worst. I have no idea what caused this but it really scared me how long should I wait to bring him to hospital?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you haven’t noticed any improvement with the Benadryl, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to take a look as some bacterial and fungal skin infections may look like hives but require different treatment; if you haven’t done so already, bathe Logan with a sensitive dog shampoo just incase it is an allergic reaction and he has some residue on his skin or hair. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Rhodesian Ridgeback
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Raised bumps on her back, itching
Swollen eyes

Hello my dog Nala, who is a Rhodesion Ridgeback recently started having hives appear, around 4-5am one night, we than took her to a vet, who gave her a shot. However a few hours later they started to reoccur, which we than gave her Benadryl for. I'm just wondering if this is common, with the hives going away and than coming back a few hours later and how long this may happen

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of hives in dogs which may include environmental allergens (airborne or contact), food allergies or flea allergies; if anything changed just before the hives started to appear such as new detergent or change of dog food, removal or changing back may help. Otherwise, it may be worth having allergy testing done to try to determine the allergen which is affecting Nala. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Raegen
English Bulldog
28 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
Hives
Loss of Appetite

My dog Raegen, 2 1/2 year old English bulldog, has been getting hives for about the last week. But only during the very early morning. Nothing in our house has changed. We though maybe it was outside, brought her somewhere else to use the rest room, she doesn’t get into anything at night, and he food has been the same since she was a puppy. We can’t figure out what is causing this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hives are commonly associated with allergies and may be due to environmental changes or changes in diet, you could try giving Raegan Benadryl at 1mg/lb (up to three times per day) to see if there is an improvement in the severity of the hives which may also confirm they are due to allergies. There is debate whether dogs may be affected by stress induced hives, but shouldn’t be completely ruled out if there are stressful factors in the home. If you don’t see any improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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benny
English Bulldog
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I have a 1 year old English Bulldog. He has hives mainly on his front and back legs. I gave him benadryl yesterday twice, the hives didn't go away but it helped with the itching some. I also gave him a cool bath with oatmeal and aloe vera shampoo. This morning he still has hives. I fed him breakfast and gave him benadryl again only this time he threw up his breakfast and the benadryl. He is acting fine other than the hives. Do I still give him the benadryl? and how long can the hives last? The only thing he's had different within the last couple days was peanut butter.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the peanut butter has brought on this reaction which is thankfully mild; if Benny brought up the Benadryl after taking it (within a few minutes) you can give another dose. Continue to bathe him with the shampoo and to monitor the hives, if there is no improvement over the next two or three days you should visit your Veterinarian for a closer look. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello. So my 2 year old chihuahua is itching has a swollen nose super red and little bumps I'm not sure how he got this. What might it be ? A swollen red nose ? I'm really worried I'm going to by benadryl tomorrow but for now should I take him a cool warm bath ? Any other suggestions please help us! Thank you.

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Bella
American bully
2 1/2 years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hives
Chewing
Itching

i have an american bully. she is almost 3 years old. she has been just fine up til about 6mo ago. she has been at the same place, no new places, food, dogs nothing and she is now getting what looks like hives, shes chewing herself raw in spots, and loosing her hair. shes all up to date on her shots, flea chewables, and now shes starting to break out around her mouth.. the vet said its looks like acne? she only goes outside to use the "restroom" we have never used anything on our grass or anything, we have even eliminated walks for the last month thinking there may have been something outside our home environment. i feel horrible for her. the bumps will go away for a little bit and come right back. she has had a scrapping of her skin done and they found no mites or anything concerning. the vet just says to give her allergy meds and sensitive dog baths which we do. and i notice the bumps will go away and within a week or so they are back. is she gonna have to live off benadryl? something has to give.. im about to buy a cone for her to stop chewing herself raw when the bumps come. my poor girl is suffering..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Allergies or other irritants can be frustrating for dog owners especially when you see your loved one ripping themselves apart; the problem with allergies is that dogs can develop an allergy to something which they have daily contact with over time. Food, environment, cleaning products, detergents and other issues may cause hives or other lesions to appear. I would continue with the Benadryl and sensitive shampoo baths for now but also try Bella on a limited ingredient diet to see if there is any improvement in the severity of symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Mutt
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hive-like Bumps

My Dog, Bailey, has raised bumps that seem to be hives but is not exhibiting any other signs that are part of an allergic reaction (i.e. itchiness, abnormal behavior). She seems to be perfectly fine, aside from the bumps. Her food is the same, shampoo is the same, as well as her environment.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Bailey seems otherwise alright apart from the hives, you could try giving her Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb up to three times per day to see if there is any improvement in the hives; if the hives don’t go down or get worse you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday morning for a checkup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My husband gave my dog red velvet donuts and he started itching bad and shaking his head and constantly rolling around I know he got a allergic reaction what do I do

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Stanley
Amecan bulldog
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello,

I have an 8month white American bulldog. Since around 5month he started getting bumps on his body so we changed is food from chicken to bison/venison/ beef recipe. He continues to have the hives and it seems to be getting worse. He has scabs and patches with hair loss. We were given Benadryl, steroids by Vets but don't seem to work. We have fleas collar on, he is on Frotline on schedule, bathe him with hypoallergenic shampoo/ oatmeal, give him salmon oil, and also give no grain organic treats. Don't know what else to do! Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Not all hives are caused by food allergies, environmental allergies may also cause hives and can be more difficult to determine and control. Allergy testing with your Veterinarian would be valuable but it doesn’t cover all possible allergens, just the most common ones; keeping Stanley inside for a while so that grass and other outdoor potential allergens cannot have an effect. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Annie
Pit bull
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hives
excitment,
Swelling
hot skin

My dog was lethargic and acted as though she couldn't walk but then after some time we got her too and that when i noticed her face swelling and turning red and felt hot. I went to the store and got something that contained antihistamine because I couldn't find benadryl. I prescribed her half a pill not knowing how much to give. The swelling went done but know I'm noticing swelling in her throat and hives have appeared on a lot of her body. She also is more energetic and feisty. Do you have any recommendations on what I should do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Annie has swelling around her throat you should visit a Veterinarian immediately as the swelling may restrict the passage of air to the lungs, also without knowing which antihistamine you gave I cannot recommend any other over the counter medication. As I mentioned since Annie’s throat is swelling visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Terrier mix
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy
Spastic and jerky movement. Hives.
Redskin
Spastic
Hives
Redness

My dog Charlie is a 10 year old terrier mix. Last night he started rolling on his back and scratching himself obsevively. He began moving very erraticly, in short bursts of speed. I also noticed that he has hives (approximately a quarter to a half inch in size) on his back and appear to be under the skin. He is very sensitive in this area.
I retraced his steps to everywhere we walked yesterday, but could not determine the catalyst for this apparent allergic reaction. There has been no change to his diet or environment. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hives may be caused by contact allergy, food or insect bites; you should give Charlie a bath with a sensitive canine shampoo to remove any possible contact allergen and then give for him Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb up to three times in a day. There is not much else that can be done at home, if there is no improvement by Monday morning visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dutchess
Mini Dachshund
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bumps all over mouth

My 1 year old dachshund who is 9 pounds ad small bumps appear all over her mouth in about 20 minutes she keeps trying to itch them, recently she’s gotten a new dog food but hasn’t really been eating it, and a few days prior she gagged up thick white foamy spit

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bumps around the mouth may occur in response to allergies which may be caused by new food, new toys/treats, chewing on plants or furniture, infections among other causes. You should switch back to Dutchess old food and bathe the area around the mouth thoroughly; make a note of anything she may be chewing on which may cause a reaction and remove it from her and bathe the area around the mouth again. If it is caused by allergies, you may try Benadryl at 1mg/lb three times per day to see if that helps; if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bonnie
Pit bull
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching. Hives. Red and swollen.
Itching. Hives.
Itching.

She woke up with some raised bumps, which are now all over her and her mouth and eyes, and I have given her Benadryl, and given her a soak in cool water in the tub, but when she scratches the hives seem to spread or get worse. I’m pretty sure she ate something the night before that has caused this but I am unsure, nothing else has changed in the house and she’s halfway through the same food she’s always been on. She eats and drinks and plays normally but the scratching is constant. And I tried and I’ve pck but she won’t have it. I’m not sure what to do concerning the matter of the hives getting worse as she scratches but I can’t give her any more Benadryl. What else could I do to help it go away or calm her down?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from giving her Benadryl and a bath, there is little else you can do for an at home treatment. The hives may be caused by something new in the home, something simple as a change of detergent; they may also be caused by food allergies, insect bites and contact allergies. If there is no improvement, a visit to your Veterinarian would be needed and they may be able to prescribe something; sometimes these conditions resolve spontaneously and other times medical intervention is needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Pit bull
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hives,
Itching
Abnormal behavior

My dog bear has really large lumps all over him it's Day 2 no signs of improvement I have been giving him Benadryl for 2 days morning and night the only thing different that has changed in the home is the detergent I noticed with the new detergent that has phosphate and this one in my old detergent does not but I noticed when I washed his bedding last night and the new detergent he broke out worse this morning he was eating and drinking fine until this afternoon he refused food which is very rare for him

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be a great idea to have Bear seen by your veterinarian. He may be having an allergic reaction that needs more aggressive therapy than Benadryl. Your veterinarian will be able to look at him, decide what he needs, and treat him. I hope that he does well.

I just lost my baby he was 11 .one week he was fine the next week he had large lumps under the skin all over I was told it was cancer after thinking about it after he passed I had bathed him with new dog shampoo and that's when it all started just curious if your dogs lumps we're similar? It's too late now but if the shampoo was the cause I could save someone else from the pain and heartbreak I went through!

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sophie
red tick hound
3
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

HI, I have a hound dog that likes to roam the forest at night and terrorize anything it can smell. About two nights ago in the morning she had what appeared to be bald hornet stings all over her body. Well the next morning she had them all over again in different areas, same with the following morning, and shes a very smart dog so going back in the same hive would be highly unlikely for her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Try to not let her out for a night or two and see if there is any difference; ideally we (Veterinarians) recommend not letting a dog out in areas where you know they have get stung or attacked by insects as repeated stings can cause an increase in sensitivity over time. I would recommend keeping her in for a few nights and then see about letting her out again to see if there is another event (ideally I would recommend you don’t let her go to the forest at all). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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rocky
pitbull mixed with a lab
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching , hives ,pain

Medication Used

benadryl

My dog rocky has hives all over his body and won't stop crying due to the pain from the hives.
He threw up all his food, but he does get allergies in the summer but its only redness and swollen paws. How can I help him at home or do I have total him to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without identifying the cause of the allergy, there are limited options at home which include giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb three times per day and bathing regularly in a sensitive shampoo. If the irritation from the hives is excessive your Veterinarian may give a steroid injection or other medication to help manage the condition in the short term; long term, the allergen should be identified and step should be taken to eliminate from diet or environment is possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bubbas
Pit Bull, and Lab
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Today as my dog woke me up i noticed his snout was very pink and swollen. Hes usually already pretty pink considering he is a aol white dear dog with partial albinism. I soon noticed he had hives all over his body and he was very itchy and my boyfriend ended up noticing that even his boy parts were extremely bright/dark pink. I had done some researched and called the 24/7 vet and explained what was wrong and asked about benadryl she said yes that could work. So I got some benadryl tablets the 25mg pink ones and gave him one to start out with just to make sure he wouldnt have any bad side effects. He weighs about 65lbs and i know its 1mg/lb. Hes been eating grass everytime i take him out to go potty and about 45 minutes after him taking the first tablet while we were outside and he was eatimg grass he threw up 2 times and it was quiet a bit and was brown. Im not sure if i should rule that as a side effect cause usually when he eats grass he will throw up a little bit but its never been brown.. or should i try giving him the other tablet since i had only gave him the one 25mg to begin with? He has calmed down on itching it but its still irritating him and i notice its still pretty itchy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would give Bubbas two 25mg tablets of Benadryl as he sort of sits at the halfway point of two or three tablets; give the two tablets but do not allow him to go out without being on a lead and discourage the eating of grass since grass will cause him to vomit. There are various causes for hives and other skin irritation which includes allergies, food sensitivity, chemical irritation, autoimmune disease among other causes; see how you go with Benadryl and give Bubbas a bath with sensitive shampoo. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Chiweenie
2 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hives

My Chiweenie have Chihuahua and Dashhound has hives all over her I have her Benadryl and put cortisone cream on them I rubbed it in really good,also my friend just stopped at the vets and got medicated shampoo for itchiness if that doesn't make the go away what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the cause of the hives; is it being caused by something from outside, something inside or something she ate. Sometimes reactions can be severe and over the counter medications and shampoos are not effective in dealing with the problem. If the over the counter approach doesn’t work, I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian as I cannot recommend any prescription medications without examining Bella first; Benadryl may be given at a dose of 1mg/lb up to three times per day. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minnie
pitbull
4 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hives

Medication Used

benadryl

I have a pitbull mix she is a girl dog about 4 and a half yrs old have had her for 3 years recently she has been getting alot if little bumps everywhere on her then they go away and reappear again this had been going on for a couple of days i gave her a pill of Benadryl beacuse one of my good friends advised it but this morning she got the bumps again i reacently have been working on a house and i have her their with me we pullec carpet and eveyrthing been painting and cleaning alot i read on the internet that could be a cause but im not sure can you help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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New environments and activities like pulling up a carpet with all those years of dust, chemicals etc… may cause an allergic reaction, not to mention anything else in the house like insulation, cleaning products, mold among other things. Try to leave Minnie at home for a few days (best to remove her from the environment), bathe her with a sensitive shampoo and give Benadryl at 1mg/lb up to three times per day. If the hives keep coming after a week, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rico
Staffweiler
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I have a 5-6 month old stagy cross. We went to bed last night as usual.. he was fine we woke up and he was covered in hives. No swelled face just one swelled eye and hives on his body.. just wonderd what could of caused it during the night? We've been giving him cold showers to ease them

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of hives but generally they are a response to an allergy like an insect bite or food; sometimes it can be impossible to find the bite wound. I would suggest to give Rico Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb twice per day to see if the hives go down; if you see no improvement visit your Veterinarian on Monday morning for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexi
American Pit Bull Terrier
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Last night my 1 year old American staffy x was playing with a friends dog at there home she rapidly developed hives all over the rips and back. There was slight swelling of the snout. She seemed to be happy as normal just itchy . I kept a close eye on her and as the hives slowly disappeared her snout lips and eyes started to swell. One eye completely swelled over. I bathed her in cold water and gave her small amounts of milk to ease her itching

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Certainly does sound like an allergy to something in your friend’s house, try to give Benadryl at 1mg/lb up to three times in a day to see if that helps decrease the swelling; also flush the eyes gently with sterile saline solution. If the swelling doesn’t go down or gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mack
American bully
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Only some mild lethargy

My American bulldog is white n has a thick coat. About 2 mo ago I started noticed raised areas that looked like bites or hives but u can't see them even parting hair but u can feel them. They come.n go n are never anywhere but his back alone the spine. He has been eating a chicken breast or sirloin burger with sweet potato for his afternoon meal (hates food and a dry food that's grain free for months in early to late evening..He will b 1 yr on Sept 4th n is about 100 lbs. If he was ALLERGIC wouldn't these be ITCHY? HE does not try n scratch or roll on his back to get them soothed. I use oatmeal shampoo with hardly any fragrance, he gets grain free cookies but today i decided to try n find out what the allergen is if in fact these r allergic hives at all. Ao i bought a fish n sweet potato kibble that he likes. I can never tell he's hungry except when I sit down to eat as He wants our food! We donr feed scraps. He is very playful n sleeps mostly during the day as its VERY HOT here. He has no gas or stomach issues but likes to eat grass which he never vomits. He has perfect stools. What could these bumps be that come n go thru the day, never spread n cause him.no discomfort..oh also he bites his front paws but has calluses so I'm not sure that's caused by itching as he doesn't keep at it for more than a few mins. Could these bumps be caused by him.rolling in grass? How can i figure this out?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hives caused by allergies can commonly be found on the back and chewing at paws is also a sign of allergies; not all hives itch unless the the hives are caused by contact allergy. I would suspect that there is some type of allergy occurring here, you could try giving Mack some Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two or three times per day to see if there is a decrease in the number of the hives. Also, elimination diets can be useful but will take a long time to determine which food (if any) is the cause; allergies to environmental allergens, cleaning products in the home and insects are all possibilities. An allergy test may be valuable to assist in determining a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have very similar issue with my 8month American bulldog. I think I tried all of the above. But do not seem to get better... it really gets me worried

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Sable
Chihuahua and parson Russell terrier
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching
Paw Swelling
Bumps
Swelling

Medication Used

Treatable

After coming back from a walk I noticed she was itching a lot and wanting to go in my moms room (to hide under her bed) then her mouth was extremely swollen and red. Later I found bumps on her chest areas and redness on her paws. She keeps licking and bitting at her paws. When I went to grab her paw to look at it she growled at me. Now she's resting as I wait to take her to the vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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A veterinary visit is a good idea for Sable, as she does sound quite uncomfortable and may be having a reaction to something that needs treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Alice
Pit bull
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hives

My puppy is almost 10 months old, and this is her second time having hives. She they showed up a few nights ago, and we took her to the vet the next morning. We can't know for sure, but we think she got them from a food allergy. After altering her diet to chicken only as recommended by her vet, the hives went down and we have kept a close eye on her. We have also been giving her the appropriate dose of Benadryl 3 times a day. The hives showed up on Friday night, went to the vet on Saturday, and now it's Monday night and some small hives are showing up again. How common is it for them to be reappearing while she is recovering from the initial reaction? Thank you for your help in advance!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Hives are not a common reaction to a food allergy, but are quite common when bitten by an insect or another similar situation. It can take a few days for the reaction to subside, and she may need to be on treatment for those few days. If you are not sure that she is okay, it would be best to contact your veterinarian and see if she needs stronger medication, or if you are okay to continue with the Benadryl. It would also be a good idea to make sure that there aren't any areas with insects that Alice is continuing to visit.

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Kimmy
Africanis
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Hives
Itching

My dog Kimmy broke out in hives in the early Monday morning. She had not been outside and there have been no changes in her diet or environment. We gave her Benadryl, a cool bath, and cleaned her bedding, yet it got progressively worse throughout the day. Once her one eye started to swell we took her to the vet who confirmed it was an allergic reaction and gave her a cortisone injection as well as medication. She was fine on Tuesday but woke up in Hives again on Wednesday, given Benadryl and her medication she cleared up. Today is Thursday and she woke up in Hives again. Another trip to the vet who gave her another cortisone shot and is now on a plain biscuit diet. Why does this keep happening all of a sudden? What do we do? Getting worried as she is quite a hardy dog...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some allergic reactions will last for a few days, and some dogs need steroid therapy for that time frame to stop the reaction from reoccurring. If she was stung by an insect or something on Monday morning, she may need a few days of medications before things calm down. It is also possible that she is finding something and continuing to have the reaction, in which case watching her very closely when she is outside and in the house would be a good idea. Reactions like that are commonly caused by insects, so that is a possibility.

I took my dog to the vet yesterday because she had been throwing up and had a tiny bit of blood in her stool. They prescribed antibiotics and antidiarrheal. And gave her a shot at the vet that stopped the vomiting. But the next day after two doses of the antibiotic she broke out in hives its bad her eye is swollen shut. I've given her two doses of Benadryl and it doesn't seem to be getting better it's been 7 hours since the first dose.

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Fyona
Golden Doodle
2 years 7 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

hi! i have a goldendoodle female 2 years and 7 months old. she’s spayed, up to date on all shots. she has an allergy history of all dairy, wheat, corn and soy. last week she was given a dental treat that she’s had before without an issue, but this time she had an allergic reaction. she spent 2 days throwing up with watery bowels. she was given a bath at the nearby “doggy wash” using the same sensitive skin shampoo/conditioner we always use. on day 3 when she decided to finally eat, she was on a white chicken and white rice diet with no treats. (it’s what we do if there seems to be an issue). on the night of day 3 i found a rash on her tummy, groin, hind legs and armpits. my neighbor said it looked like heat rash. it made sense as our apts had been super hot, and shed had a temp with the allergy reaction... but here we are 6 days out from first allergy reaction, 4 days out from initial spotting of rash and we still have it, and it’s much worse. she’s been given 3x 25mg benadryl every 5-6 hours for itching and wipe downs of apple cider vinegar - both of which seemed to have been helping with the itching... but what do i do with the rash? tonight my boyfriend brought her calamine lotion so she has that on her and more benadryl for bed... how long will it take to clear up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the cause of the rash, if the rash was caused by something else she may still have contact with she may need that removed from the environment (like if you have changed detergents or something). All you can do is give the Benadryl and ensure that she is comfortable, if this issue continues you should visit your Veterinarian for something a little stronger to help her and to confirm it isn’t something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Coonhound
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Allergy to Revolution?
Hives

Hello Dr, yesterday morning I applied Revolution in my dog. When he woke up today I noticed he developed hives in his whole body. He is acting normally, eating, drinking and playful as always. He is not itching, but I'm concerned. I don't know if there is something I could do at home. Tomorrow I'll definitely take Charlie to his vet. Thanks for your assistance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hives are a known side effect of Revolution administration, if there are no other signs of side effects and Charlie isn’t itching himself you can just keep an eye on them. You could try giving him some Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two to three times per day, but if the hives are not causing any issue just keep an eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.zoetisus.com/contact/pages/product_information/revolution.aspx

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Max
Chihuahua
12
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hives

My dog has hives since last evening and am wondering if it could be from human shampoo. I gave him a dose of Benadryl so he hasn't been itching. How long does this last and should I see my vet? He has eaten and gone to bathroom normally

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous types of human shampoo with an infinite number of ingredient combinations, some of the ingredients may be sensitive for dogs; which is why we have canine shampoo which is specifically made for a dog’s skin and hair. Max may have been sensitive to an ingredient in the shampoo causing the hives; I would bathe him again with a sensitive dog shampoo to remove any residue of the human shampoo and then keep an eye on him; if you notice a worsening of the hives or any new symptoms visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dolly
Yellow Lab & German Shepherd
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Fever
Hives
Itching

I have a 10 week old supposedly Yellow Lab & German Shepherd cross bitch. An hour or so after having some pork juice/grease in her dry food she has developed what appears to hives on her belly, small raised/swollen areas on her eyelids and nose, swollen ears, possibly a slight fever, and scatches at her ears & belly, rubbing her face & biting at her hind feet. There is no apparent swelling of her mouth or tongue or any trouble breathing. Right now, hours after symptoms first started appearing, she is sleeping well & uninterrupted. Playful, if not slightly more subdued than usual. I wondered about the advisability of using hydrocortisone cream on the hives, ears, paws, etc..., or what doses of oils, and the use of a carrier oil, if the symptoms persist into tomorrow. We are far out on a ranch, two hours from a vet, so any advice would be much appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The best course of action for Dolly would be to no longer receive any pork grease and to allow it to leave her system; giving Dolly 1mg/lb of Benadryl three times per day may help to relieve symptoms. I do not like to recommend creams or ointments as dogs have a tendency to lick them off and other issues may arise from that. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cosmo
lab terrier
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Bumps
Redness
hot,

My dog is very adventurous and we let him roam around the backyard by himself to potty. earlier, he threw up all of his food and about ~20 mins later he started to have rapid red bumps under his skin that started from his nose to his neck to the rest of his body. the size isnt at all big but they are a little red. He's definitely not comfortable as he goes through random busts of runs around the place. he still seems energetic and drank water but im worried it will be worse. hes also a little hot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Cosmo is having an allergic reaction, give him Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb (up to three times per day) and make sure that he is hydrated. There are various causes from food, treats, insect bites or environmental allergens; if you see no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
terrier
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red patches

My dog has patches of red flaky skin that itches her it’s on her right side were fur meets her skin on underside it’s only in the fur area closer to back legs I have no job an no money for a vet what can I buy her from a pet store to help I don’t know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Zoey I cannot determine whether the cause is due to allergies, infections, parasites or another cause; however you could try to give Zoey Benadryl at 1mg/lb two to three times per day in case it is an allergy as well as ensuring that she is up to date on flea & tick spot on medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco
Chihuahua
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rash raised bumbs redness

I have a chiuahua she was outside a few min.then I brought her in and she was in the bathroom trashcan.She started swelling on her face and then having raised bumbs.This has happened to her before.I DNT know if it was something from outside or in the trash can that caused it.I have gave her benedryl but the hives come and go.What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Give Coco a bath with a sensitive shampoo to remove any possible irritants that may be on the skin or hair, hives may come and go but Benadryl 1mg/lb every eight hours may help. If you are unable to keep the hives under control visit your Veterinarian as she may have consumed something or something else may be going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boone
large mixed breed
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bumps vomiting rash not eating

My dog started having bumps on the top of his head and ears, making it uncomfortable like shaking his head as if he was itchy. The next morning the bumps had moved and his eyes were very red and only the whites of his eyes were bulging out ... he also is throwing up. Now he has a rash under his armpits and on his belly and the bumps on his body just keep moving. He was eating until just this morning. That's not like him. It's been raining a lot where we live. Not sure if that helps but I also had switched him and my other dog to a grain free soy free and corn free food, then back to their normal food same brand. Loyall* my other dog has no symptoms at all... please help as I am a single mom and funds are low and actually my car. Is broken down ATM so not sure how I would get the poor guy to the vet!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that Boone does need to see a veterinarian, as inconvenient as that is, as from what you are describing, his signs are getting worse and not better. Without seeing him, I am not sure if he is having a rash that is caused by an allergy, a parasite, a bacterial or a fungal infection. There are many clinics that do offer a free or discounted first exam that would allow you to have him seen, and give you an idea of cost of treatment for him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Leia
pitbull
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hive

Medication Used

Cytopoint injections monthly
zyrtec

My pitbull has a really bad allergies. Especially to grass. I’ve recently noticed she has three little raised bumps on her side. She does not itch at them and they are not red or anything. They are just little bumps. We take her to the vet often and she’s had numerous skin infections so she is not displaying any of her usual symptoms. I am just wondering what they could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes from inflammation to just little lumps of fat, if they are not causing any trouble just keep an eye on them and bring them up with your Veterinarian at your next visit. Sometime small bumps appear and disappear as fast as they appear. I wouldn’t worry too much at this time if they aren’t bothering her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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