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    Oliver gets hives on his belly from the grass, usually right in the middle of summer. Our vet has us giving him one Claritin per day, as needed. (he weighs 57 pounds - not sure what the proper dose is per pound) It worked wonders, whereas Benadryl made him vomit. Also, Benadryl Gel works wonders to help with itching! It's very cooling and soothing. Feel better, Penny!
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    We still have hives this morning.
    Will do Benadryl through today & calling back to the vet tomorrow if not cleared up.

    The vet said 1 adult Benadryl 2x a day... I have 25mg ones. She was 47lbs the last time I weighed her a few months ago. Would you give her 50mg? The vet didn't clarify what dosage other than one adult, and I know I've read the dosage is 1mg per pound.

    If this were a food reaction, how soon would I see it after switching foods? We've been transition to EB meadow feast for a few weeks now & transitioned over two weeks. I don't think it's that, but just trying to think of everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissPennyLue View Post
    We still have hives this morning.
    Will do Benadryl through today & calling back to the vet tomorrow if not cleared up.

    The vet said 1 adult Benadryl 2x a day... I have 25mg ones. She was 47lbs the last time I weighed her a few months ago. Would you give her 50mg? The vet didn't clarify what dosage other than one adult, and I know I've read the dosage is 1mg per pound.

    If this were a food reaction, how soon would I see it after switching foods? We've been transition to EB meadow feast for a few weeks now & transitioned over two weeks. I don't think it's that, but just trying to think of everything
    Yes... give her two tablets twice a day. That would explain why you are not seeing any relief.... as you said it is 1mg per pound. My girl is 62lbs and my vet told us we could give her three if necessary but two would do the job. Banks had three extreme hive reactions and we still have no clue what caused them, but it was definitely something outside - tree, spider bite, bee sting... Anyway, if it were the food you would have seen a reaction within a day
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    Yes if she is close to 50 lbs 1 25mg benedryl won't do much good, give her two. I would think if it were the food it would have come up sooner as well... Unless the food is not doing well for her immune system it could cause a delay.... But with the day outdoors I would think it is environmental or a contact allergy.

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    The second Benadryl made a difference. I initially gave her two yesterday & she looked better, but then I hesitated bc the vet said 1. I only did on last night & she was all broke out again this morning. Will keep on two... Hopefully she clears us soon... Is looking pretty good this afternoon!

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    Default Re: Penny's Hives

    We went to the vet this evening & she gave her a steroid injection and a prescription for prednisone. Hopefully my girl is back to normal soon!

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    This happens to Dolly for a couple of weeks on and off every year. I posted this last year. 2 Benadryl and they go away in a hour. Only to return when she hangs out under the same tree. Environmental
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    Poor baby. That's what we had to do for Dublin when she was so bad. You will see a difference very quickly. If she hasn't had steroids before you may see a personality difference when she is on them. With Dublin she becomes very aloof and not her usual " be my friend self" and she will want to eat everything in sight... We had to lock the door to the laundry room where the cat food is or she would be in there chomping down. She doesn't touch it when she is not on steroids :-) She will also want to drink and pee a lot.... Good luck :-)

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    @Dubbiedog thanks for the
    Heads up about the steroids! She hasn't been on them before. Ive refilled her water bowl twice!

    @Sherry - poor dolly!! Wow

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    A shot and pred both just for hives? I would see if just the shot helps... How long did he say to keep her on the pred?

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    sarah gets hives if she comes in contact with something outside or in her food she is allergic to. has penny had an allergy test to see what she is allergic to. might be an idea so you can know what it is outside that is doing this. might try zyrtec to after the prednisone is done. i find it works better than benadryl. might try wiping her down with baby wipes after she comes in from outdoors to see if that helps. for sarah i learned she is allergic to mold from her allergy test so now i have to keep the leaves cleaned up esp if it rains and her hives are almost nonexistant now. i so hope she gets better. i would also hold off on the pred to see if the shot does it. if not then you can use the pred if its bad and only as long as necessary. i only give it to sarah if she is really bad otherwise i use benadryl. i so hope she gets better.

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    Default Re: Penny's Hives

    -p7200007-jpg <== Bea's first bout with hives looked like this. She's never had them like this since - thank goodness. The good folks here recommended benedryl and it worked wonders. Of course, it was on a holiday weekend when my vet was closed. I also wiped her down really good and then slathered on Cortaid cream, to sooth any itching/irritation.

    The thing about hives is this: if they're on the outside, there's a danger that they're also on the inside. That's why folks keep mentioning breathing in this thread. ANY compromise to breathing should be seen IMMEDIATELY by a vet.

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