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Hives

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Breegalasso, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Breegalasso

    Breegalasso Puppy

    Hi everyone! My pitbull got treated for hives with steroid pills and antibiotics a couple weeks ago. Needless to say they came back before we were done with the antibiotics (although I think the steroids helped) because she gets some time of allergic reaction every time she goes outside. Well I was trying to just give her some benadryl and hope they go down, but they didn't (they weren't bad though, just a few). Last night I gave her a bath with oatmeal shampoo and put some target brand anti itch lotion, similar to calamine, on her and this morning she woke up with more hives. I though it was the bath that aggravated them, so I put more lotion and gave more benadryl. Well they're even worse tonight so I'm starting to think the problem is the lotion since that is the only thing different in the last two days. I washed it off of her with a gentle bath, but we can't get into the vet until Thursday. She's not really itching them, but they're tough to look at and I feel bad. Any advice on how to help them go down before vet for a dog thats allergic to nearly everything?? We also gave Claritin per vets approval...
     
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    What food do you feed?
     
  3. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog


    Zymox shampoo would be much better than oatmeal shampoo.
    Wipe her down with a damp clean towel after being outside and clean in between her toe pads really well too. Then use a dry towel and dry her off. You are wiping off pollen and dust, etc. I would stick with the Benadryl every few hours until the Vet. Appointment and stop the Claritin.
    Food is important. My dog has a very bad tree pollen allergy. It would be good your dog tested. Otherwise this will keep happening.
     
  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    My female is almost 7 and because she never got tested she had to stay on steroids, which is very bad for their health. They can't even get allergy tested if they are on steroids.
     
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  5. Breegalasso

    Breegalasso Puppy

    Thanks for the advice! Honestly we’re moving toward just getting her tested so that we don’t have to keep bringing her in and she can just get on one monthly medicine that deals with it all. Her food is grain free and we’ve tried switching proteins so I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the overall issue.

    Is that shampoo otc?
     
  6. Breegalasso

    Breegalasso Puppy

    She has zignature grain free. We recently switch from lamb to turkey. But she had the first round of hives before switching food.
     
  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    yes.
     

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