Monday

Astrid Update : Boxer with Hives

Yesterday I posted a picture of Astrid the Boxer with a swollen eye, she did have a couple hives on her head at the time.  I've been dosing her with Children's Benadryl* and her eye is much better.  However now she has head to toe hives!

Astrid the Boxer Covered in Hives (with her giraffe toy :)
Due to this happening, I wanted to share some more pictures and a story... Back in 2007, Bodhi was sitting on the couch and we heard a strange 'yelp'.  He was standing on the couch, and next to him was an awfully huge spider.  

Due to the 'yelp' we thought he perhaps got bit by the spider ((shudder)).  

Soon he started getting little bumps,  then all of a sudden we found him covered head to toe is bumps and we had no idea what was wrong with him.

Astrid the Boxer Do covered in Hives (Bodhi in background)
We brought him to the vet and they told us it was hives and that he likely had been stung by a scorpion (we still thought it was the spider).

They gave him a shot with an antihistamine and told us to dose him with Children's Benadryl* to help with the allergic reaction.

Having dealt with Bodhi and his allergies many times over the years I naturally decided to dose Astrid with some Children's Benadryl* as well.

Never dose your dog ANY medication without proper knowledge of how to do so, or how much!

Astrid the Boxer Dog - Hives on Her Back
I would always recommend you take your Boxer Dog to the veterinarian to make sure everything is okay - just in case!

Astrid's spirits are fantastic!  She woke me up at 4 am needing to go potty (don't you love that...?)  She was wired, jumping all around and happy, usually she's quite groggy, as am I, that time of the morning...  I noticed more hives at that time, so I dosed her again.

She was itching like crazy, which is a reaction to hives... she finally settled down on her dog bed, the Benadryl* must have kicked in...

When I awoke (at a normal human time) this morning she was curled up on the floor on my side of the bed, which is quite strange for her, as usually she's ON the bed and hogging it.  My guess is the spoiled princess was too cold on the bed (window open/fan on).

 But when I got up she was her cheery self.  I snapped these photos of her this morning!

I'll be keeping an eye on her and will take her to the vet if I feel it is warranted :)

Alethea Anderson
The Boxer Blogger

Have you hugged your Boxer(s) today?

*Children's Benadryl for Boxer Dogs - check with your vet for the proper dose for your dog!

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