When i left the house 2 hours ago Syd had a bump on her, then ijust came home a they are all over. She has gotten hives once before from eating horse poop, but today she wasnt near any and she didnt eat anything differnt that i know of. Is hives something that will go away on its own, or should i make her an appt for tomorow at the vets. She seems itchy, biting at herslf. I'd give her an oatmeal bath but its to cold out and dark. Is there anything I could do for her tonight until I call the Vet tomorow. Poor thing looks so silly with all the hives.Thanks!
Ok i just called the emergancy Vets and they said NOT to give Benadry Allergy, whats the differmece between regular Benadryl and Benadryl allergy? I think the only reason i even have the Benadryl allergy is b/c my Vet told me to get that for her once before. This emergancy Vet said to bring her in, i have had bad experiances with them before trying to scam me out of money. I'm worried they are trying to do that now. I dont know what to do, take her to the ER or wait and take her tomorow to my normal Vet as long as she doesnt get worse. What would you do?
Benadryl is dosed for an animal at 1 mg. per pound of body weight. An adult benadryl is 25 mg. A childs benadryl is 12.5 mg. So for a 25 lb dog you would give 1 adult benadryl or two childrens benadryl.
Your emergency vet is probably cautious about giving out advice over the phone because it could be wrong advice and cost your dog his life. Just like taking peoples medical advice on a forum.
Either way, benadryl is very safe and couldn't hurt your dog , just may not help the problem. Good luck.
My puppy has had hives too, and when I took her to the emergency vet, they told me to get the benardryl allergy that's in the "pink" box. Just as long as it didn't have any extra stuff like "non-drowsy", and so forth, just as long as it was the Benadryl Allergy, in the pink box. At the time she was about 5 1/2 months old, and about 32 pounds, and they said I could give her 2 tablets (25mg), or i could just give her one tablet. I only gave her one though, and it started to help her hives go down, so I just gave her one every 8 hours. I still give her 1 or 2 occasionally.
Children's Benadryl is what I give mine. I give her about 1/2 tsp. I had put some anti itch spray on her on day and she broke out almost immediately. I put her in a bath and it left almost as fast as she broke out. She looked like she had the measles. But, I think the benadryl would be good advice, it has always helped ours.
With children, its 1/2 tsp per 11# of body weight.
In people it is 1mg, per kg. So a 100 lb person would get 50mg...
I work with this drug in the field,as a paramedic, we can go up to 100mg if necessary.
I dont know how much your dog weighs, but I would max out at 25mg and see how that does. Why do more, if less is enough?
Regarding the allergy medicine, vs reg benydrl...? Just read the label, sweetie. Benydryl will just have diphenhydramine in it, and nothing more. If the allergy meds have anything else listed, that is why it has the different label.
Most vets, doctors, 911 operators, hospitals, WILL NOT give any advice over the phone. Too much liability. Not only that we cant really SEE what the problem is, but we are also trusting that you would follow our advice to a T. And if you dont, we can get sued. Better to get the pup checked out, if you are in doubt.
If the hives worsen, they can go into the same kinds of problems we humans can. Their airway can swell, etc...keep an eye on her.
Benydryl will make her sleepy too. It is also the main ingredient in some over the counter sleeping pills.
thanks everyone for your replies. At 2:30am i woke up to Syds endless scratching. When i turned on the light I saw that she had gotten worse, much worse. The hives were all over her body, her nose was swollen, she was drooling a lot, and threw up a little. I gave her a Benadryl, then called the Emergancy Vet gian, they said to give her one more. She then went back to bed. This morning she looks a lot better, still has some hives though. Going to take her to my Vet today, make sure she is ok.
I just wonder what caused this...poor baby looked so sad!