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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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This afternoon my 1 yr old Aussie shepherd yelled out like

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This afternoon my 1 yr old Aussie shepherd yelled out like something bit her. I couldn't find anything on her. She then vomited what appeared to be thin watery looking bile. After that she seemed better but I have found red raised bumps/bites? Between her hind legs & she still jumps periodically like something is still biting her but we have looked everywhere & cannot see anything. We have to drive about 40 minutes for emergent care, none of the vets here do that. Do I have any suggestions? She drinks water is not vomiting any longer
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the Shepherd?
Customer: No, she healthy otherwise

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It sounds as if you hit the nail on the head. She appears to have been envenomated by a flying insect and suffered transient anaphylaxis (a sudden drop in blood pressure) resulting in her vomiting and now an urticarial (hypersensitivity) reaction on her skin. This is best addressed with a fast acting glucocorticoid (steroid) such as prednisone. Please let me know if you have such a drug at home. If not, an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) dosed at 2 mg per pound of body weight (maximum dose of 50 mg at any one time) every 8-12 hours can be helpful.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I have both, I will give her the prednisone & see how she responds. Thank you for your timely response!

You're quite welcome. I would give her 0.5 mg per pound of prednisone at 12 hour intervals. Expect increased thirst, appetite, and volume of urine. Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.


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