Allergic reactions are a fairly common ailment in dogs.
Cats are much less likely to suffer from allergic reactions than dogs.
Dogs may manifest allergic reactions by:
• Swollen, non-painful face
• Hives that are visible through the coat. Hives in dogs vary in size but appear similar to welts or raised areas ranging in size from ½ a dime to over 2 inches in diameter.
• Severe itchiness
• Bloody vomiting (hematemesis)
• Bloody diarrhea (hematochezia)
• Shock/collapse/lethargy/respiratory distress/cardiovascular collapse/airway obstruction
Causes of allergies include but are not limited to:
• Bee sting
• Wasp sting
• Spider envenomation
• Unknown environmental allergen
• Dietary allergen
The treatment of allergies varies by the severity of symptoms. Common questions we receive at our hospital is ”How much Benadryl can be given to our dog?” The internet has many sources of information. Here is one: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/benadryl/
Another great resource is: http://www.labradortraininghq.com/labrador-health-and-care/benadryl-for-dogs-is-it-safe/
Please don’t forget, your veterinarian is also a good source of information. If you are concerned that your pet is experiencing an allergic reaction, please call your veterinarian for recommendations and advice.