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-Hi guys,

   Yesterday morning was one of the scariest days so far with our boxer.  I will start by saying before we went to bed she only had one little hive/bump and we thought nothing of it.  For the past few weeks she sleeps with me and my fiancee in our bed.  Last night, I was awoke by her not being able to settle down, so I toke her outside and brought her back in.  Instantly I notice these bumps ALL over and I mean ALL over.  Lately she has been having dry skin and has been scratching, but nothing compares to this kind of scariness!  She was biting at them scratching, whimpering...we didn't know what to do.  I thought she was going to just swell up everywehere and explode?  We decided to go get some benadryl and try that on her, and it made the itchiness go away and she then shortly after fell into a deep sleep for 5-6 hrs.  The bumps went down but not away....oh so scary!  So finally the morning comes and she is awake and she moving fine acting normal, but still had hives all over and we couldn't stand to lok at them any longer...so we took her in th the vet, for a shot and some meds.  Shortly after leaving the vets the hives.....GONE....thank you doc....GEEZ.  Needless to say once we get her home she was zonked out for the rest of the day/night.  This morning she has been all over the place, ate her food like a champ, and is ready to go!  I will subnit photos if requested too, as they are very scary too look at, and I don't know if anyone wants to see them!? 

Has anyone ever had this happen to their boxer?  Do you think if I would have just kept giving her benadryl....the bumps would have went away?  We don't have any idea what the deal is:

spider bite
she ate something
we just recently changes fabric softener
just had a 2 inches of snow

We still cant figure out how this may have happened, so we just chalked it up as: we will never know!!!  I gurantee the next time I see the slightest bump/hive....I'm going to make sure to give her some meds!biggrin

SO SO SCARY!


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There are two medications that Boxer owners should ALWAYS have on hand... Pepcid AC (or generic equivalent) and Benadryl (or generic). Dogs can have 1- 2 mg of benadryl per pound body weight. An average Benadryl tab is 25 mg.

My rule of thumb with hives, is give a relatively high dose of benadryl, around 2 mg per pound, then continue with benadryl every 12 hours at the lower dose, often for up to 3 days. You must be vigilant about swelling around the face, and difficulty breathing. Either of these require a trip to the vet. Also, if the benadryl does not seem to be working or the dogs' symptoms worsen, then a trip to the vet right away. Boxers and hives are a very common combination. They seem to be allergic to lots of things, spiders, mosquitos, pollen, molds, etc.

Pepcid AC (famotadine) is for tummy upset (non diarrhea). Give 10 mg (1 tab usually) about 20 minutes before a meal to control queasy tummy, gurgly tummy, etc.

-- Edited by BoxerSue at 20:53, 2007-12-08

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Benedryl is a staple in my medicine cabinet. Boxers are so sensitive to many things but usually on a temporary basis :) Obviously bee stings are another creature that requires extra care.

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BoxerSue wrote:

Pepcid AC (famotadine) is for tummy upset (non diarrhea). Give 10 mg (1 tab usually) about 20 minutes before a meal to control queasy tummy, gurgly tummy, etc.

-- Edited by BoxerSue at 20:53, 2007-12-08



I thought I was the only person who gave their dog Pepcid. LOL My family laughs when I do it which isnt very often but it works!!



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Pepcid AC was a more recent discovery for me as well. When Booker T was fighting his cancer, it was suggested to help him. I have used it ever since. It really works great with the dogs and even for myself :)

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So I just noticed a bump on Bowser's hip...at first I thought it was the top of his hip bone sticking out and I freaked, but then I felt it and it definately feels like a cyst or bump of some sort.  His eyes have been looking a little swollen the last day or so (just barely) and they are a little runny.  Does this mean it's just allergies and not anything to worry about.  I already have my phone ready to dial the vet first thing Monday morning...I was just freaked about the bump, because I've read how prevalent cancer is in boxers.  He does bite and scratch at this spot all the time, but it didn't swell up till today.  He just got neutered last week, so at first I thought maybe they gave him a shot in that area...nothing else has really changed around him except our weather going from one extreme to another.  What do you think?  Call the vet or wait and see?  I have benedryl AND pepcid..for myself and my kids, but it's good to know I can use both for my fur baby too! :)

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Since it just popped up, I wouldn't worry too much. If it continues to grow, stays more than 2 weeks, or changes in any way, then definitely have it looked at.

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Ok, so in this harsh light of the post-Super Bowl Monday, it looks like it's actually going down a little, so I will wait it out.  He's still biting at it though...maybe i'll try a little itch cream on it for him or something.  Thanks! :)

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can i see pics?


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My husband and I have a boxer and she has always had skin sensitive issues like hives or whatever..but recently she started getting these big blisters ALL over her body!! The vet doesnt even know what it could be. We've tried the ol process of elimination with laundry detergent, dog food, everything! Still we dont know what is going on..We have to take her to the vet tomorrow because meds are not working so they want to do a biopsy on her.  I'm replying to you because the story sounds so familiar and I want you to please keep my dog in your prayers that there is nothing cancerous going on..thanks for making me feel like I am not the only one out there :)

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Pepcid is also a histamine blocker. The Benedryl and Pepcid act on different histamine receptors main reason for the meds not just belly issues but helps. Always seek medical advice from a vet. (I am not a vet). Good to know your drugs from a resource such as drugs.com

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Bumps/hives just showed up on my boxer this morning. Our vet recommended children's benadryl since she is still a puppy. We gave her 2 tsp about 7 hours ago and nothing has happened yet. She has been outside lots lately and Mosquitos are terrible here but she hasn't been outside for the last couple days because it's been raining so I have no idea they showed up all of a sudden. Any suggestions. How did all your dogs end up doing?

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We are still fighting with hives on our 10 month old boxer pup. It started about a month ago. A trip to the emergency, benadryl and a steroid shot, plus benadryl for 3 days...a week later it started again. A trip to our vet, same treatment and a week later again but not as severe. He seems to be fine but we cannot figure it out. We have checked everything. Maybe his food. He has a sensitive stmach and when he was born, the breeder had him on the lwest Nutro. Of course, I slowly introduced the Nutro Holistic for large breen puppy and this was fine for 6 months. Our Vet has him on Purina EN. His stomach is fine but now the hives. Thinking about Nutro natural Choice. A woman told me this was great food for dogs, we were both at the mergency vet one night. Cypress doesn't seem to itch but it is hard not to feel bad for him when you pet him and can feel all the weird bumps. The Vet has given up but I won't until his soft silky coat is back. ThanksQ



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Please !!!   I would suggest that anyone that has a dog that has hives to have their vet to asperate one of the bumps, a very, very fine needle  is used and the smear can be put on a slide and the vet uses a stain to see if Mast Cells are present Right in the Office, not a painful or expensive test.

I would like to talk to others that are experienceing  or have experienced Mast Cell Tumors with your dog.                                                                                                                                                



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Lexie
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hmmconfuseashameddisbeliefevileyePLESE HELP LOVER OF BOXER DOGS HAVE 5 OF THEM,  ONE OF THEM HIVE ALL OVER



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confuseconfuseAnonymous wrote:

ANY HOUSE HOLD STUF FOR HIVES SUNDAY NIGHT I GO TO VET IN THE MORNING //


 



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There can be so many causes for Hives. Remember, hives are not really the problem. They are the result of something wrong with your dog. It could be a bug bite or an allergy. It could be something they ingested. 

Try Benedryl first. If that does not work, I suggest  a trip to the vet. 



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i have an 8 mnth old puppy her name is mia and 2 days ago i noticed that she had a few hives around her nose and mouth area so i looked on the intrenet and called the vet and they all said benadryl so i tried and it seemed to work then got worse and her eyes swell up really bad, so we took her too the vet here and the guy looked at her eye and decided that she needed drops for her one eye and not the other.   then almost right after i left there i noticed that her throat was swelling up so i called him back and they said that i should give her benadryl so i did.  now we are here and it seems like her hives on her face are getting better but it also seems they are spredding. i hate to see her not as herself but she seems like she wants to play and she eats, drinks, goes to the bathroom good. the hives have not spread anywhere besides her face.  she keeps looking at me like help me and i dont know what to do. the only thing that scares me is her throat is swollen still and it hasnt gone down for a day now.   looking like i am going to have to take her back to the vet.  please give your opinion???



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as long as she is drinking water, and be sure to give the benadryl, ask your vet to give you some prednosone.  should clear up in 2 days..good luck to you baby and let me know how she is,    lexie 



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OMG your boxer's name was Booker T?  lol my boxers name is Booker as well lol



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How cool. It is a small world :)



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Anonymous

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My boxer when the used to get into the cat food would get hives all over! I would give them Benidryal as well!



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My first Boxer used to get into the cat litter box. No hives....but EWW!



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Oh yes...i had this happen to my Boxer sometime last night.  Didn't notice any bumps until we woke up this morning.  After a vet visit, shot and some antihistimines she's okay now.  Very scary since i recently lost my 15 month old Boxer to an allergic/drug interaction.  She was very scary to look at and i felt so bad because she was miserable.  We also have no idea what caused this.



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Oh my gosh!!!  our boxer is currently going through a similar situation - terrible terrible hives!!!  Had to take her to emergency vet and she was given a steriod injection and we were instructed to keep her on benadryl 50 mg. every 8 hours.  We did so . . . following day the hives covered her entire body (poor baby) - back to ER vet (as this all happened on a weekend when our vet was closed).  They gave her another injection, placed her on steroids, antibiotics, benadryl, and even provided us with a spray for her irritated skin.  also took her off her dog food and are feeding her chicken and rice - we are finally seeing good results, but still medicated and need to re-incorporate doggie food. 



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It sounds like something she either ate or perhaps had a very bad reaction to. Spider bites can do that. One of my girls got bit by a spider and it took 2 days of Benedryl for the hives to stop appearing.

Boxers are just so sensitive to insect bites and allergies. Always have Benedryl on hand :)


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thank you for your input . . . this is our first boxer and we just love her.  actually read a post about acorns?  well my red oak tree is producing acorns, sure wonder if she got one that fell off the tree.  This weekend we begin reducing her meds and introducing her food . . . so far so good! Enjoy your weekend and thanks to all who provide information for boxers for those of us that are new to these lovable babies!!!!!



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I don't know about Boxers being allergic to acorns. I suppose anything is possible but that would not be something I would think would typically cause an allergic reaction. 



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Grewal, Charlie got hives

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My 2 1/2 month old boxer pup must have either gotten a big bite or something in the back yard. He usually just does his potty and comesnright babk inside, so no prolonged stays out there. I saw the hives in the morning when he went out to potty. I was like what the heck. Then when he came inside he started acting weird in his crate and jumping up and down. I didn't know what to do, luckily it was about 7am and I called the vet. They have him a shot of Benadryl and told me to keep him on it for two days Twice a day. I also took pictures.  We live in a wooded area so I think it was a spider bite. Damn spiders, they have gotten me a few times too while sleeping. I may have to call the Pest control company to come monthly. 



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Boxers are very sensitive to bug bites. Benedryl every 4-6 hours will keep it under control usually. And yes, keep it up for 2 days. Even if the swelling goes down in 24 hours, keep giving it at least for 48 hours.

Hoping for a good outcome :)

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My 4 year old boxer has had allergies all her life and has been tested to show what she is allergic to. We are very careful to keep known allergens out the house and to a minimum but over last 2 weeks she has had lots of episodes of hives when she goes outside. She can pop out in the garden for 30 seconds and come back in covered in them, all over her back and tummy. She is incredibly itchy and sore, but otherwise fine in herself. She has been on piriton for a week which seems to help calm the reaction but not clear it but had to rush her to the vets today for emergency steriod injection as the latest attack compromised her breathing. I cannot work out what causes these reactions to happen so quickly as soon as she goes outside. Could it be going from hot to cold that wakes up the reaction? I haven't tried benedryl so will def give this a go! Any help or advice would be wonderful



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Benedryl can be a life saver for a Boxer. Try giving her 1 about 10 minutes or so before she goes outside. See if it lessens the reaction. The capsules are not very fact acting but they usually help. 

 



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IM THINKING RAG WEED  OR SOME POLEN OUTSIDE,,MY DOG DOING THIS IN WINTER USUALLY ONLY WHEN RAGWWEED COUNT HI  BUT MIGHT BE RAGWWED IN BACK YARD,,EVEN THOD DEAD CUZ WINTER,,,MY GOD HIVES TERRIBLE AND EYES SWELLED BEYOND BELIEF

 



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Anonymous wrote:

IM THINKING RAG WEED  OR SOME POLEN OUTSIDE,,MY DOG DOING THIS IN WINTER USUALLY ONLY WHEN RAGWWEED COUNT HI  BUT MIGHT BE RAGWWED IN BACK YARD,,EVEN THOD DEAD CUZ WINTER,,,MY GOD HIVES TERRIBLE AND EYES SWELLED BEYOND BELIEF

 WE MOVED,,,THATS WHY STILL THINK ITS RAGWEED SEEN WEED BACK YARD

 


 



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USUALLY ALL UR DOGS OUTSIDE WHEN THIS HAPPENS,,I THINK ITS RAGWEED,,POLEN



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Everyone is allergic to different types of things. And dogs are the same. What may make one react badly won't even affect another. When it comes to Boxers, you always want to keep some Benedryl in the house. 

 



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