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My dog has just developed bumps between is ears, we have been

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My dog has just developed bumps between is ears, we have been battling fleas and we have frequently given him alot of baths
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 10 months ago.
Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

It sounds like this is an allergic reaction- these are often due to insect bites/ stings, food allergies or environmental allergies. We'll often see facial swelling and hives. We can also see vomiting/ diarrhea. The hives here are likely to the flea saliva.

What you can do to manage this as home is give Benadryl at 1-2 mg per lb every 6-8 hours. It usually takes 12-24 hours for signs to fully resolve.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.

I put pet armour on him two weeks ago lowest dose 1-22 lbs. Every day we are still finding fleas on him, we have given him quite a few baths to kill the fleas. I bought front line plus last night to put on him, didn't use it yet because i was afraid to do to only using other two weeks ago. This afternoon my son brought me my dog and he had the bumps.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 10 months ago.
You can use Frontline now as well. Sometimes with bad flea infestations I'll have owners use Frontline every 2 weeks for 3-4 doses. It takes a while to get rid of a bad flea infestation. It's not an overnight fix. Most cases take 1-3 months before the fleas are gone.

The Benadryl will help with the scratching and hives in the mean time.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.

Is skin is very dry from bathing him what should I use on his skin for that, and should i give him anymore baths after I put the flea meds on him.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 10 months ago.
I would give him a good 2-4 weeks before bathing again. That will help with the dry skin. When you do bathe him, you can use a hydrating shampoo or oatmeal shampoo.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.

One last question, I have Benadryl 25 mg liqui-gels, he weighs 10 lbs. Would this be ok

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 10 months ago.
I would actually go with 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet if you can. Otherwise, you can get children's Benadryl and give 1 teaspoon (12.5 mg). The dose range I use in dogs is 1-2 mg per lb body weight every 6-8 hours. That would be 10-20 mg every 6-8 hours in your dog.
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