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Facial Swelling, Hives Unknown Cause


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So Macy May has facial swelling and hives for no known reason. She is not agitated, and ate her normal dinner, and is in no distress. I gave her 3 benedryl and am watching her.

 

This happened in July, I woke to her with an extremely swollen muzzle, she looked like Pluto (the Disney character, not the planet). I freaked out, and brought her to evet, even though she was in no distress. They gave her steroids (I had given her benedryl) and sent her home. I don't think the steroids did much because over the next 2 days she continued to be covered in hives all over her body. Her face eventually deflated, but her body became covered and she was obviously very itchy.

 

Given this history, do you think I need to get her in for steroids? I'd actually like to give her some of the steroids that I have on hand (methylprednisone). If this was the first time is happened, I'd be completely panic stricken afraid of anaphylaxis. But she's laying here completely comfortable and snoozing away.

 

She's actually much less swollen than he last time, but like then, we have no idea what caused this. So I'm less worried, but I can see new hives popping up about 15 minutes after I gave the benedryl.

 

Help?

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Weird. But hives can also be a contact thing and not necessarily a food thing.

 

Perhaps it's time to see a specialist, since OTC remedies *and* rxs don't seem to be helping her??

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I'm pretty sure it's a contact thing. Strangely enough I had a similar reaction on my lips when I moved back to Boston (Macy was still in CA, so no chance it was the same thing). I'm allergic to my retainer... Wish we could figure it out for Macy.

 

I just hate bringing her in for more poking and prodding. She's become terrified of the vet since her fibrosarcoma diagnosis 2 years ago (and 2 subsequent surgeries). Thank you for your reply... It really is so weird.

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I thought her muzzle looked a tiny bit swollen about 6 or so after our walk. Then I noticed the hives on her snout about 7 and gave her benedryl then.

 

Seems to be stemming from the 3 little bumps / blisters that I see on her gum above her right canine and that side is most swollen. She seems itchy, but is sleeping now.

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We just went through that! I rushed Ziggy to the vet. They gave him a steroid shot and some antibiotics. The steroid shot was in case it was a reaction to a bug bite or something. The antibiotics are in case the swelling is from an abscessed tooth. His face was really swollen. There were no hives. I was so worried so I understand. Good Luck with whatever you decide to do.

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I seem to have a niggling memory of some sort of dental/tooth thing - blisters on the gums, facial swelling - and it's some sort of auto-immune disease. I wouldn't be surprised if hives was on the list of symptoms.

 

Maybe someone will have a better memory than me. Or Google might.

Chris - Mom to: Lilly, Felicity (DeLand), and Andi (Braska Pandora)

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Well as of 3 am when I got up to give more Benadryl, she was back to normal. She has SLO, so I wonder about the auto immune thing. Off to google. I also sent a pic to our longtime vet in CA ... I wonder if she'll know.

 

We brush daily, and I haven't seen any indication of a cracked tooth. I'll take s closer look today.

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