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Old 10-26-2011, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lexi has allergies, I welcome any and all advice to help keep her comfortable.

The last 2 times we have went to my friends cabin Lexi has broken out in hives on her chest, legs,and chin (only where she is in contact with water). We've come to the conclusion that she is allergic to the algae in the water. All summer she was in and out of the water and she never had any reaction. The algae is really bad right now and we tried out best to keep her out of the water but yesterday she came running to me looking like a damn ninja turtle , yep, she was that green!

We took her home right away and washed her up and gave her some benadry but she still broke out in hives this morning, worse then ever. Usually they go away in a few days, but the vet said if they don't she will have to be put on steroids. Aside from the benadryl and a good soaking in an oatmeal cucumber aloe bath (and NOT going to the cabin till the algae is gone) is there anything else you guy can suggest I do for her hives?

She is doing better now. Not licking excessively anymore. Ooh my poor girl!

Here are a few pictures, not the best. The hives aren't easily seen in the pictures.

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it were just a couple of hives I would suggest some hydrocortizone cream on them, but that looks like a lot of hives. Maybe some cream on the ones that bother her the most.

Hope Lexi is hive free and feeling better soon
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There is an algae which can be quite bad when it is blooming. When we have had a stretch of hot weather the beaches are closed to humans and animals and poted. Usually just called blue green or red algae.
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Benadryl to help curb the itching... Or like Gypsiemouse said try some cream on them. Hope she gets to feeling better soon! Being itchy is no fun!
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Thanks for the replies! She is doing better this evening, as wild as always. The bath REALLY helped. The hives don't seem to be as 'angry' right now.

Do I not need a percription from a Dr. for hydrocortizone cream?

After she gets a bath she rubs herself against everything, does your boxer do this??
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Hydrocortizone cream is over the counter.

Mongo rubs all over everything after a bath, he also rubs his face off on the furniture after eating - silly boy, Maggie not so much.
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Alright. I will go to the pharmacy and get some tomorrow. How often should I put it on her?

Come to think of it Lexi just came in and rubbed all over the chair I am still on and she just finished eating .. strange creatures!
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Once or twice a day is good.
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Thanks Lynne, I can always count on you for the most helpful advice. It's much appreciated.

Give Maggie and Mongo some smooches from Lexi and I!
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Oh Katie!!!! Poor little Lexi!! She looks sooooo itchy, sure hope she's feeling better & won't need any steroids.

D&D send big smooches her way
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