Regarding severe allergic reaction in our PUG
We took our male pug, age 4, to the vet for his vaccinations
around 10 days ago. He was administered RABIES DISTEMPER
, PARVOVIRUS ADENOVIRUS-2 (hepatitis virus). He had an adverse reaction, which has happened before, specifically swelling, itching around the face. The vet also removed a small mast cell tumor from his hind leg last Friday, and it was a Stage 1, with clear boundaries. The vet prescribed Benadryl for the allergic reaction which has not helped. He has gotten progressively worse, so the vet has him on a Prednisone, Benadryl regimine for the next few days. It is Saturday, July 4, and our vet is not in. Our pug has severely red skin, swelling, hives, and some itching. The vet felt that this reaction is not a result of his shots or removal of a mast cell tumor, but perhaps a different allergy. Because the Benadryl is not helping much, can you recommend another antihistimine that may work better than Benadryl? Is there an over the counter antihistimine that could work better? Our pug seems to breath harder after Benadryl and it is not calming down the hives, swelling or the redness. He has severe redness with hives, a slight temperature, and some swelling. We can only spot bath him, because he still has stitches.
What are your thoughts? Could this reaction be related to the mast cell tumor? Have you seen a severe reaction like this relating to vaccinations or removal of a mast cell tumor? What is the best remedy for redness, hives, and swelling?