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Has Juliette ever responded like this in the past? I mean has she ever had a sudden rash with irritation?
I would definitely be concerned that this might be a contact allergen. In which case you might use a topical ointment to help relieve the inflammation and itch. But, if this is a true allergen you will want to do more.
If a contact allergen, such as grass is the cause, you would want to bathe the patient in cool water, and really clean off the skin and fur. This will remove any allergens still remaining and clinging to the fur and skin. Cool water because warm water can increase inflammation and stimulate itch making matters worse.Antihistamines are necessary if a contact allergen is assumed. Benedryl (diphenhydramine) would usually be my first choice in a contact allergen reaction. The usual dose is about 1 mg per pound of pet every 8-12 hours. It can be used rather safely, and can usually provide relief in relatively short time while the bathes and topical cream are helping.One thing to be concerned about is the topical ointment. Try not to use it very often. Cortisone can be used in the short term, but the pet should be kept from ingesting it. Large amounts ingested could lead to further problems including canine iatrogenic Cushing's disease. So, please use caution.Please feel free to continue this conversation with whatever questions you might have.
I am glad to Juliette might be calming down somewhat. That's great.I can imagine her hiding because she is confused and feels unusual and maybe slight scared because of it. Benedryl might still help there, because it might help her relax so that she may sleep.
Unfortunately, if the reaction has happened once, it will likely happen again. And it might be worse the next time. The first time sort of primes the body and immune system with exposure. The next time, the body will be ready to respond, quicker and with a stronger response. Just like infections, the immune system mounts a response to any foreign invader or antigen. And that is how it will see that plant from now on, if that was the cause.Avoiding it entirely would be best, ***** ***** doesn't sound like an option here at all. And, the question remains what caused it in the first place.IF it is a true contact allergen, it could just be seasonal if the plant growth is seasonal. During the season you might need to dose with antihistamines daily to keep the reaction from happening. In addition wearing a shirt or sweater or something like that, a cover over the area while outside that can be removed and washed easily when returning inside could really help!If it is severe and long term another option would be to try to determine what the antigen was in the first place. This would require skin testing or blood testing with a dermatologist. Your Vet might be able to run those blood tests to a lab somewhere too. Then, desensitization shots are designed and used overtime so that your pet's body becomes used to the antigen and no longer mounts a response. I could tell you more about that if you were curious. But most of that is done with a specialist.
Again, feel free to continue the conversation.
How is Juliette feeling today?Hopefully better. And I hope my answers were helpful. Can I answer any other questions for you today?