Ren, you little fart box, I am so glad you are on the mend! No doubt the meds are causing her excess gas at present. Hey, it won't last forever. Really great pic of you and Ren!
My boxer also has had this happen twice, i figured out it is stinging nettle growing in some areas of our yard,i gave him 3 benadryl tabs and by morning he was better,and the next evening, mostly cleared up and back to normali am in the process of getting rid of the stinging nettle, its hard to eradicate.Mack was so miserable for a few hours.It looked like he had gotten into a fire ant bed but tahat wasn't it,Hope this helps someone not to worry to much.Jim**I apologize now for this being so long, but I wanted to share our experience with all of you incase this type of thing should ever happen to your own Boxer. We honestly had no clue what to do in this type of situation. Hopefully this helps.**
Last night around 6:30pm my husband took Serenity outside to go potty. She was on her way inside when suddenly something spooked her and she high-tailed it towards the house so fast she even tripped while climbing up the stairs. The second Lee opened the screen door she bolted into the house and you could tell something wasn’t right with her.
Within about 5 minutes we noticed that her face was swelling. Her eyes were a little red and puffy and she was starting to break out in hives. Immediately I gave her one 25mg tablet of Benadryl. This wasn’t the first time this has happened with her and the Benadryl has always worked. Not this time… within minutes her eyes continued to swell until they were almost completely swelled shut and the number of hives increased that appeared throughout her entire body ranged from about the size of a dime to a nickel if not bigger. It was almost as if she had patches of hives spread out in all different areas on her body.
I called the emergency after hours hotline for our vet to see if there was anything else we could do for our baby girl. She informed me that I could give her another 25mg tablet of Benadryl, since Ren weighs in around 50 pounds, and that within the next 2 hours the swelling & hives should go down and she should go back to her normal self and if she did not then I was to call her back because she would need to be brought in to be seen. She asked if she was having any respiratory problems, which she was not and informed me that we would need to contact her and bring her in immediately if she developed any. I hung up the phone and immediately gave her another 25mg Benadryl tablet and sat on the floor with her and held a cold washcloth over the top of her eyes to try and help comfort her.
We kept a close eye on her over the next 2 hours. The poor thing could not get comfortable. We felt so helpless. She kept trying to scratch her face/body by either rubbing up against us or dragging herself all sprawled out along the carpet and would constantly paw at her face. You could tell by the expression on her face that she felt absolutely miserable. She would just whimper and whine and reposition every 60 seconds.
About an hour and a half went by and she seemed like she was getting better. The swelling in her eyes had gone down and her eyes were actually opened, not just two tiny slits that she could see out of and the hives along her body didn’t seem to stick up as high as what they were. Then suddenly, BAM! Her eyes were almost completely swelled shut again and the hives appeared, covering her entire body.
At 8:45pm I called her vet again and she recommended that we bring her in. Doc looked her over and said that she was having an allergic reaction to either some type of bug bite or sting. She treated her with two injections: Epinephrine 1:1000 and Dex Na Phos inject 4mg/ml -- “Benadryl and Steroids” as she called it. She told us to call her in the morning and give her an update on Ren because if she wasn’t 100% back to normal she would have to be brought in again and treated with a second dose of injections. She also informed us that she is going to do some checking and will be writing us out a prescription for an Epipen that way we will always have a dose on hand since with every allergic reaction the next one is always going to be worse than the one before.
This morning you could tell that some of the hives went away and the swelling had gone down but swelling around her eyes and hives were still very noticeable throughout her body. I took her back into see the vet and she was given two more injections: Dex Na Phos inject 4mg/ml and Diphenhydramine inject 50mg/ml. She said to call her later to give her another update on how she was doing.
Ren slept most of the day. She was still a little puffy around the eyes and the hives had simmered down to where I couldn’t tell if they were actually hives or just mosquito bites. I called and talked to a vet tech and she was going to inform our vet of her status.
Within a half an hour we noticed Rens eyes and face became extremely swelled again, and her hives broke out again all across her body. I called the vet back and she said it was safe to give her 2 more tablets of Benadryl and just to keep an eye on her throughout the night and to call her with any questions or concerns. She also informed us that after giving her this dose of Benadryl that we would not be able to give her anymore medication nor would she be able to inject any into her system because the steroids and still working and nothing would be able to be done until tomorrow morning.
So… this is where we are at now... just waiting to see what happens. After I gave her the 2 tablets we noticed a big difference in her, which is a good thing because she can not have anymore doses of Benadryl tonight and the vet said she can not give her anymore injections until tomorrow morning. I'm just grateful the swelling has gone back down (for now) and the hives have started to disappear, although they have not completely gone away.
Here are some pictures of when we first noticed her eyes were swollen and she had developed hives… It was hard to get her to stay still in the light because they would blend into her coloring, so the pics don't do justice, but you get the idea. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to take any pictures of her after the swelling/hives had gotten worse.
I will keep you all updated on how she’s doing. Right now Ren is curled up on the couch sleeping soundly. Hopefully she will wake up in the morning and nothing will be wrong with her. ray: Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Poor girl…my lil girl is broke out in hives really bad and I feel so bad for her gave her a benadryl abt 3 hrs ago so here in abt an hr I'm gonna give her another and hopefully they start to go down. any other ideas?
Well I am kind of in the same situation with Jase. Yesterday afternoon, after playing outside he had hives all over his tummy, neck and inner thighs. I wiped him down with warm water and a wash rag, by the time we went to bed he had hives all over and I could feel them through his hair. I gave him 50mg of benadryl and he fell asleep. He wasn't or still hasn't been scratching. This morning he still had them so I called the vet and we can't get in until tomorrow morning, but to call if I notice him struggling to breath, his breathing has been fine. She said to give him 2 more benadryl then, a.m. and 2 more before bed. Now, he has very tiny blisters on his tummy and I also see some on his ears. Today when he went out to poop, 2 times he has had tomato skins in his poop. We are in the country so I'm not sure where he got them. I don't grow them. I have read online that tomatoes are toxic to dogs, is this true? I read a lot of different articles, but none that I read said anything about hives. Could someone give me any more info on tomatoes? Thanks!
Thanks, that's what I read. His poop did have red skins in it. A little while ago I was wiping him down again, on the inside of his legs he has hundreds of tiny black dots that I didn't see earlier, but not on his tummy, that I can see. I scraped a small spot and some came off, I think they could be seed ticks, but they aren't moving. He does have topical on but it seems the tick portion always wears off in a couple of weeks, which is where we are now, 2 weeks in. We do reapply every 3 weeks. I wonder if they are seed ticks, could they cause a rash like that? Seed ticks are what we call them in Missouri, they are smaller than a sharp point of a pencil. If they are larger in the morning, I'll know what they are.Tomatoe plants contain tomatine which is poisonous if enough is ingested. It is found in the green parts of tomatoes (leaves, stem, unripened green tomatoes) As tomatoes ripen, the levels of tomatine decrease making them safe for consumption.
Hives are not a symptom.
Eating the green parts can cause gastro irritation, ataxia (lack of coordination), and weakness.
I've never heard of seed ticks, so I just looked them up. They are ticks in the nymph stage apparently.Thanks, that's what I read. His poop did have red skins in it. A little while ago I was wiping him down again, on the inside of his legs he has hundreds of tiny black dots that I didn't see earlier, but not on his tummy, that I can see. I scraped a small spot and some came off, I think they could be seed ticks, but they aren't moving. He does have topical on but it seems the tick portion always wears off in a couple of weeks, which is where we are now, 2 weeks in. We do reapply every 3 weeks. I wonder if they are seed ticks, could they cause a rash like that? Seed ticks are what we call them in Missouri, they are smaller than a sharp point of a pencil. If they are larger in the morning, I'll know what they are.
I don't think that is possible, we are in the middle of 500 acres of oak trees. lol!I've never heard of seed ticks, so I just looked them up. They are ticks in the nymph stage apparently.
Says a lot of times they can be removed by placing packaging tape over the area and then lifting it off.
You should treat your property as well as the dog.
I recommend food grade diatomacious earth.