Lola broke out in hives today

weed30July 25, 2009

I have no idea what caused them. We were leaving the dog park and she kept rolling around on the ground like something was biting her or she was itchy. Her face especially. Then she kept shaking her head.

We got in the car and she kept rubbing her face on the seat, then crawled on me, then down on the floor in front of the driver's seat. I pulled over - it was really dangerous with her down there amongst my feet and the pedals.

I went straight to the emergency clinic, and the vet showed me that her ears were red too. They examined her and could find no infection, so assumed allergic reaction to something. A steroid shot and a benadryl shot and she quickly got better.

Earlier I noticed her hair raised up all over her head, like when you get goosebumps only bigger. Little round raised areas. Her face and head looked funny, almost blotchy, with that bumpy look, so I think those were hives. Unfortunately I can't pinpoint anything. I think I might have seen them before we went to the dog park. But why would they go away, then come back?

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I would suggest you either post a notice at the dog park or leve your dog in the car and talk to the other dog owners to see if someone else has had this problem, if so a police report should be made - sounds like someone dowsed the dog park with something nasty

    Bookmark   July 25, 2009 at 6:27PM
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I had my other dog with me, who had no problems. And I *think* I might have noticed the bumpy face look prior to going to the park. I looked around my yard to see if she'd eaten something 'new'. She eats ANYTHING. I did see a new kind of weed, so maybe she ate one of those and is allergic.

She's been fine since going to the emergency clinic. I will continue to watch her closely to see if she breaks out again and try to tie it to something in her environment here or at the park.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2009 at 9:04PM
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I think I might know what caused the hives. I found a dead "cicada killer" wasp on the patio. I suspect Miss Lola was trying to play with it and got stung. That could explain why when I came outside at one point, she was laying in a way that she normally doesn't, and didn't jump up the second she saw me. I am still wondering why the effects would go away for awhile and then come back. Maybe running at the park pumped the venom around again?

I took a photo, and included some info about cicada killers below it, but don't click the link if you're squeamish about big honkin' wasps ;)

Here is a link that might be useful: cicada killer wasp

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 5:15PM
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Those wasps are *nasty*! If she got stung, it's no wonder she had an allergic reaction. Yipes!

There are stages to allergic reactions. Some get hives then graduate to all over itching like your girl. Others just swell up. Some got into anaphylactic shock and just stop breathing and die. I would continue giving benadryl for a couple of days just to make sure she is over the reaction. Usually a steroid shot stops the problem but if the venom is still in her she could react to it again once the drugs wear off.

Glad you were with her and sought vet help. Usually just benadryl isn't enough for severe reactions- they need steroids at first too.

We have those wasps here too. Yuck.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 6:30PM
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Believe me, I hate wasps, but these are actually pretty harmless. They really need to be provoked to sting. I'm sure a dog chewing on one is enough provocation though!

I haven't given her anything since 3pm yesterday, since she seems fine. I will give her a benadryl now to be safe. I'm also going to ask my vet about an epi pen to have on hand. I've learned that her reaction to another sting might be the same, or she could have a worse reaction and go into anaphylactic shock.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 7:06PM
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weed - we had a dog that was allergic to wasps. She went into anaphylactic shock one time but we were fortunate to be home and got her to the vet quickly enough to save her. We carried epinephrine with us for the rest of her life. As allergies can become worse over time, you might want to talk about that with your vet.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 10:28AM
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prarie love, I've already called the vet to see about an epi pen. Thanks for posting!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 4:05PM
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Yikes, that's bad. I'm glad she's okay now. I keep liquid baby Benadryl on hand for allergic reactions too. Odo had a bee sting on his eyelid once, and he got the itchies from being around friend's cats a couple of times.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 6:48PM
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