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I took Kina to the Vet because of 4 days of diarrhea. She's a little over 8 months old and weighed 54 lbs there yesterday. She got Metronidazole prescribed and an injection to stop the diarrhea for about 24 hours. She's been on a bland diet of rice and boiled chicken and gave her, her first 2 Metronidazole pills.

This morning she woke me up at about 4:00am because it sounded like she was getting sick. Turned the light on and saw she was having an allergic reaction. Hives all over and her mug was way swollen with her right eye shut. Ran out to a 24hr store and got some Benadryl and gave her two 25mg pills. This helped! she became lethargic but the swelling went down significantly.

The problem is, the injection was listed as "miscellaneous", so I have no idea what that was. And I looked up Metronidazole and one of the side effects is: Allergic reaction with Hives. Great! :disgusted:

Waiting to call the Vet now.... By the way, she looked pathetic all puffed up and lumpy.
 

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Just back from the Vet.... It was definitely a Metronidazole reaction and he said it was severe. He gave her a steroid injection and said to limit her water intake for the rest of the day. By Noon, I'm to give her another 25mg tab of Benadryl and then one more tonight, along with small portions of the bland diet. He also said, the quick decision to give her 50mg of Benadryl at 4:45am was the exact right thing to do.

She can never have Metronidazole again and the Vet said, if we ever travel with her, always carry Benadryl along, just in case. Good to know!
 

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Thanks all!

Her hives got worse after the steroid injection this morning. From the front shoulders back, completely covered in hives. At least her face isn't as bad as 4:00am this morning. She has been miserable, jumping around, rubbing up against furniture and so forth.

I did as the Vet said and fed her a small bland diet portion for lunch and gave her a single 25mg Benadryl pill. Hopefully the antihistamine will calm things down.

Yesterday, the Vet predicted she would not poop after the injection he gave her last evening, until tonight. Well, she pooped at 11:30am today. Only 8 - 9 hrs earlier than he predicted. I called them a few minutes ago and gave an update. We'll see if he calls back.

Just another typical day with a Boxer! :crazyeye:
 

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The hives peaked yesterday and she was super itchy at bedtime last night, so I stayed up with her. By this morning, the hives are gone.

Now back to the original problem. Diarrhea. The Geese are back in the neighborhood the last 2 weeks. It's possible she got a Goose "treat" and I didn't see it.
 

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Benadryl was a good idea.
For future reference the normal dose is 1 mg per pound of body weight which is what you gave - for a severe reaction you can actually double the dose- so you can safely give 2 mg per pound of body weight.
Once the hives go down a bit- go to regular dose and continue to give every 8 hours.
Dose with regular dose for 24 hours after hives are gone to prevent them from re-occurring.


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Benadryl was a good idea.
For future reference the normal dose is 1 mg per pound of body weight which is what you gave - for a severe reaction you can actually double the dose- so you can safely give 2 mg per pound of body weight.
Once the hives go down a bit- go to regular dose and continue to give every 8 hours.
Dose with regular dose for 24 hours after hives are gone to prevent them from re-occurring.


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Thanks!

My Vet apparently is more conservative on the Benadryl dosage.
 

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I give Echo 50 mg and she is 50lbs. One day I freaked out thinking I gave her too much because she got sleepy lol I forgot being drowsy is a side effect lol

Glad to hear her hives have gone down. It is sad to see them all puffed up and itchy.
 

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Thanks!

My Vet apparently is more conservative on the Benadryl dosage.
They all are !

We have a friend who is a vet (we don't use the office he works in cause they are way over priced and horrible hours) , but since he is a friend he will help us anyway on his own time. And he too recommended 1 mg per pound. When I told him I had heard 2 mg per pound was safe for extreme cases he admitted it was okay and safe.

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