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Old August 20th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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Allergic Reaction.. Question for the vet.

My 16 month old female Saint Bernard Lola was stung or bitten by 'something' Saturday morning around 7am. Her jowls and around her nose swelled up within 30 minutes.

I rushed her to the vet as soon as they opened at 9am. She was given a steroid shot, and an antihistamine shot. Later on that night she developed a bright red rash on ears, belly and armpits. Her skin was bright red everywhere else. She was panting and very itchy and uncomfortable. I was told not to give her any benadryl tablets until the following morning.

Since Sunday I've been giving her 50mg of benadryl 3 times a day and it is helping the itching to a degree but her her skin is still red and rashy. From what I've read she should be getting more than 50mg's for her weight. She's 115 pounds currently. Should I increase the dosage or leave it as is?

Also from what I gathered is the shots she recieved were suppose to stop the allergic reaction and the redness and rash developed afterwards. Is that normal? Or should I take her back to the vet or just relax and let the benadryl work? Just to add, my regular vet is on holidays so I saw the other vet he shares his practice with. He didn't explain anything even though I asked. Never mentioned the possibility of a a rash/hives or anything.

The pic was taken while I was waiting for the vet to open.. soon after I noticed the swelling.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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RaYne, the dosage for Benadryl is 1/2 mg. per lb. every 8 hrs. up (max dose 2mg. per lb.) Poor Lola. :sad:

http://www.diamondpaws.com/health/drugs.htm
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Old August 20th, 2007, 09:03 PM
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I just want to give Lola a big hug :sad:
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Old August 21st, 2007, 03:22 AM
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How is she today RaYne ?
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Old August 21st, 2007, 09:35 AM
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She much better today! I increased the Benadryl dose to 75mg, instead of 50mg. As of this morning the rash is gone and her skin is more pink than red, but she's still a bit itchy. Her one ear was also swollen (I thought it was a hematoma starting) but the swelling is almost completely gone now.

I have no idea why the vet we saw said to only give her 50mg of Benadryl 3 times a day. We even weighed her so he knew what she weighed. When I called them to ask about the rash he said it was a common reaction.. Well geez why didn't you tell me that?! I think I need to find a backup vet for when my vet is on holidays so I'm not stuck seeing that guy again.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 09:56 AM
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Oh I so glad to hear that ? Does that mean we get to see more pix ?
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 02:37 PM
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I'm so glad I found this thread!

A vet I recently saw, not my regular one, told me it's 2-5mg per KG! And she said Kali's 35kg (78lbs) so that means at least 70mg...I went to look at the dosage on the label for Adult humans, and it said 1-2 25mg tablets - so I was like how can my dog take more then me?? I'm so glad I thought to look at the label and comprehend the dosage before giving it to her..
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