We love our dogs with unconditional love, and they love us back. It’s a rare thing in the world when that kind of bond is shared. This is why we take such good care of our pets, but what happens if something is not right with your dog? Is it dog flu? Or something else?
You may notice that he is scratching uncontrollably and upon closer inspection, it looks like he has hives. What do you do now? Relax, there are ways to spot it and there are treatments that you can apply to help them get better quickly.
How Do I Know If My Dog Has Hives?
They may show signs of swelling or redness under their fur, around their face or on other parts of their body. This is a huge red flag that something is wrong. Most dogs will have red areas if they are scratching a lot but swelling in different areas can be a sign that they have hives.
More physical signs they may have hives:
- Eyes watering
- Red bumps
If their eyes are watering and they are keeping them closed, then that is a sign that something is very wrong. If the mouth is watering more than what is normal that could also be a sign that they are having trouble.
Looking for red bumps may seem obvious, if you think they have hives, but they could be any size from small mosquito sized bumps to larger bumps. You should also look for red rash-like areas in their skin. These can be small areas or large patches of red irritated skin.
Changes in Their Behavior
Paying attention to your pets needs is an important part of being a pet owner. When a dog is not feeling right, they will let you know. The first sign to look for is excessive scratching. All dogs scratch themselves but if you notice they are doing more scratching than usual then you should inspect them closer.
You can save a lot of time, frustration and expensive vet bills by first keeping up with behavioral changes.
Dogs exhibit all kinds of body language and tell-tale signs that they are not well. Here is a list of a few things to look for in behavior.
1. Excessive scratching
4. Excessive panting
These are all signs that your lovable pet needs some extra care. You should inspect them further if they exhibit any of these changes in behavior.
What Are Hives?
Hives are a type of rash that leave little red bumps or red patches on the skin. They are known scientifically as urticaria but are also called welts, weals, or nettle rashes. They can appear as small bumps, large bumps, or just red patchy areas on the skin.
They are caused by a few different things such as stress, and allergens. When an allergic reaction occurs the body releases a protein called histamine. This fluid leaks onto the skin causing red bumps or rashes.
How To Get Rid of Hives in Dogs
You should always consult a veterinarian when your pet is showing signs that they are not well. However, if you know that your dog has hives there are a few things you can try in order to get rid of them. Sometimes they will even go away on their own (It’s best not to chance it though).
First, you can try to get rid of the allergen that is causing the allergic reaction. Did you bring in a new dog bed? Maybe you’ve started dressing your dog in sweaters. Look for something that you have changed in the dog’s environment and try removing it to get results. This can be a tricky thing to track down.
Try soothing your dog’s skin with a cool wet towel and ice. This can help reduce the itchiness. If none of the above steps work, then you should take your dog to the vet for an allergy test right away. Once they have tracked down the culprit you will be able to find a solution.
They may also prescribe your dog an antihistamine or steroids to help reduce the swelling and get your puppy feeling better.
How To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Hives
To help prevent them from getting hives you can be proactive by getting an allergy test done. Once you know what your dog is allergic to, you can avoid certain materials and ingredients that will cause them to break out.
You can also ask your vet for medicines such as Benadryl, that help by reducing itching and swelling. If your dog gets hives and they do not go away, make sure they see a vet, as leaving them untreated can cause greater health risks.