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hey doc im pretty sure my dog has hives but he is not itching could it be somthing else
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Braddon, hives (urticaria and angiodema) are variably pruritic (itchy) and so Zeus's not itching doesn't rule out hives. Can you upload a photo(s) of representative skin to our conversation? You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/ I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i gave him benadryl about 4 hours ago and they are starting to become less noticeable but definitely still there... im a bit worried about the ones around his lips and nose..
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look, please...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Yes, those are hives. I understand your concern but it's quite rare for serious swelling in his throat to arise. Dosing of Benadryl is 1 - 2 mg per pound of body weight (maximum dose of 50 mg at any one time) at 8-12 hour intervals. Most dogs normalize unaided within 36 hours. If you have prednisone at home, please let me know. It will be more effective than the antihistamine.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i gave him 75mg since he weighs around 90 pounds.. was that ok?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i do not but i can run to the store
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

It's a bit excessive and may paradoxically agitate him but he'll remain safe. Regretfully, prednisone is a prescription drug unavailable over the counter and I'm not allowed to prescribe in this venue. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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