2 year old pug
Mostly indoor dog, does go outside but never unsupervised.
Had her first round of shots as a puppy, then second round at 1 year old- no reactions.
She takes heartgard plus once a month
We Live in central florida same place 25 years; next to orange grove.
No allergic reactions previously
The issue: Had rabies, distemper-hepatitis, parvo, and parainfluenza vaccinations (all individual shots, so total of four) on 2/3/14 (visit#1). All labs were normal. Fifteen minutes after shots, her face swelled, had shortness of breath, beet red skin, hives all over her body and vomiting. We quickly turned around and took her back to the vet (Visit #2). They gave a steroid shot and a benadryl shot.
After several days she started with hives again...on her legs, belly, inside her ears, face, back, all sides. We took her back to vet (visit #3 on 2/10) and they prescribed cephalexin 250mg and gave her another shot. A day later the hives returned so we started her on benadryl 25mg 1-2 times per day. The hives returned each evening so we took her back to the vet (visit #4 on 2/14). They give her a "benadryl shot" and a steroid shot and then prescribed prednisone.
We have continued giving her benadryl 25mg 1-2 times per day depending on when her hives flair up. 90% of the time the hives start in the evening before her dinner (about 6pm). About 10 of the 100+ hives oozed clear fluid after the hives first started after vet visit #2.
Today 2/22/14 she started vomiting, and fell over like she was immediately dead. We rushed her to a different vet since the other one wasnt open. The pug had a temp of 104.9; they gave her a shot to bring down the fever. After 30mins of waiting the fever had actually gone a couple points higher. The vet decided to run an IV to help bring down the fever. They also did an xray to make sure she hadn't ingested anything foreign. They sent her home on 10mg prednisone. She is now peeing about every 10 minutes which i know is normal for a steroid. However, her urine is extremely strong smelling all of a sudden. It smells really old is the only way i know how to put it. She has also started to cough.
No new treats/food
No new bedding
No new toys
The only thing different in the enviroment is there has been a racoon living in our barn the last two weeks or so.
What could cause the following symptoms? ? Hives
Lethargic (even with no benedryl)
Strong smelling urine
Veterinarians preferred. ..
Please help! Any other ideas? Diseases? Toxins?
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