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Old 05-21-2008, 04:05 AM   #1
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Sad Hives are back...

so bella got the shot of steroids Monday at about 2:30. Her hives went away and she was fine then last night her hives came BACK!!!! Im so upset. I gave her benedryl and she slept well but i dont like giving meds a lot. So my question is, is it normal for hives to need more that one treatment of steroids to go away completely?? they are mainly in her ears, and her front and back leg pits. Classic areas for a contact hive to appear...no trouble breathing and she is eating playing drinking etc. Diggy also had hive and when he got his shot they went away and have stayed away. PLEASE HELP!!!!
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:54 AM   #2
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awww... i'm so sorry she is suffering. I have no idea but wanted to bump this for you.
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Oh Paula I am so sorry to see this. Poor baby. Sure hives appear in any
warm spot on the body and can drive you bonker's from itching.
I have no more idea's as to why the keep appearing. I wish I could be
of more help. There has to be something, inside or out that is causing this.
Any new budding trees or flower's in your yard or area. I do know that
hives in humans can be related to stress. Are they under any kind of stress?
Strange that both have gotten them. I do wish I could be of more help
I can just imagine how anxious you must be to get to the bottom of this
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Paula - sorry Bella is back to itching. Poor baby. Did she roll around in the fleece after you washed it? Sometimes the chemicals don't completely wash out.

I haven't experienced doggie hives, but in the human variety they definitely can take more than one treatment to clear up.
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Oh Bella Bean has the itchies again I'm still wondering if it's perhaps something outside she's getting into. What did the vet say?
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Poor baby. I have Cali on her secnd round of steroids/antibiotics for her dermatitis, bumps under her skin and as soon as I start to wean her off the steroids she starts itching so the steroids don't cure the problem they just make them more comfortable. Like you we cannot figure out what is causing the itching. Good luck
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boy i dont know what to tell you except i hope you get it figured out soon. good luck
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Aww poor baby, I hope you get to the root of this.
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spoke with the vet...they said they are putting her on the pill form steroids for 6 days ...if then they come back they want to see her again. Im so sad....

Jodie, Nope I washed the fleece and kept it in the basement away form her just to be safe....so that's not it. uggg SO CONFUSED!!!

Its not like Bella is completely miserable, but im afraid of it turning that way!! When i give her benedryl it knocks the itching right out for her...but still I dont like pumping them with meds all the time I wanna get to the root of it. So we will start the pills this afternoon and go from there. I am kinda relieved to hear that one treatment doesnt always knock them out...cuz the thought of whatever she is reacting too still laying around the house bothers me. Im hoping she isnt re-exposed and this is really the first exposure reaction still. Hope that made sense. thanks for your thoughts


and Patti sounds like your in the same boat as me....bring your baby over and we can sit and stare at them all night together...Lord knows I cannot rest well knowing she isnt 100%!!! I lay there staring at her making sure her breathing isnt affected. Hope your baby gets better too.
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I know this is random but have you started wearing a new perfume or lotion? Or have u started using a new freshener spray like febreze or something? This allergy might be environmental. Are they doing any new construction around ur house? Get an allergy test done at the vet and tell thm to rush asap... hope it works...
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I worked in an allergist office for 10 years. Generally when a cause of hives can be determined...it is an allergic reaction to something ingested. Either eaten or a reaction to medicine. Unfortunately, 80% of hives are idiopathic...you will never know what caused them. They can be gone in the morning...come back in the afternoon. Scratching will just bring more hives.

Benadryl helps with the swelling and itching. Steriods work in the short term, but they are not a cure. There is no cure for hives.
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I worked in an allergist office for 10 years. Generally when a cause of hives can be determined...it is an allergic reaction to something ingested. Either eaten or a reaction to medicine. Unfortunately, 80% of hives are idiopathic...you will never know what caused them. They can be gone in the morning...come back in the afternoon. Scratching will just bring more hives.

Benadryl helps with the swelling and itching. Steriods work in the short term, but they are not a cure. There is no cure for hives.
Okay so this can still be the initial reaction just coming back or more present? Thats what i worried about, if she is being re-exposed to the unknown allergen and its right before my face but cannot see it! See i have a lil boy yorkie too who reacted almost 12 hours before her same size and look of hives same day thats why i figured it was something they BOTH came in contact with for them both to react in the same day hours apart. Does this make sense? They gave her a shot of steroids on Monday at 2:30 hives went away and stayed gone til last night. They never completely went away in her ears they didnt bother her until last night. they were not as red the last 2 days you could kinda see where there were is all. So you think she may be just reacting harder than my other dog. his shot seemed to have done the trick. Or do you think she is being re-exposed?
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I'm so sorry Bella isn't feeling well. Hope you guys get some sleep tonight.
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thank you very much I really hope so too.
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Okay so this can still be the initial reaction just coming back or more present? Thats what i worried about, if she is being re-exposed to the unknown allergen and its right before my face but cannot see it! See i have a lil boy yorkie too who reacted almost 12 hours before her same size and look of hives same day thats why i figured it was something they BOTH came in contact with for them both to react in the same day hours apart. Does this make sense? They gave her a shot of steroids on Monday at 2:30 hives went away and stayed gone til last night. They never completely went away in her ears they didnt bother her until last night. they were not as red the last 2 days you could kinda see where there were is all. So you think she may be just reacting harder than my other dog. his shot seemed to have done the trick. Or do you think she is being re-exposed?
No, not re-exposed...the hives have just re-occurred. Hives do that. It takes some people longer than others. The medical community doesn't completely understand hives. It is one of few conditions that can manifest and recitfy itself..within hours and then re-appear.

Since both of them are affected...think carefully what both of them did that day..anything they may have possibly eaten, any flea treatments, heartworm meds?

And honestly you may never know...but it is strange both of them have them.
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