Saturday morning we took the pups to the dog park. At the entrance to the park, we parted ways. Ivan took Banjo inside to play with the other dogs and fetch her ball and I took Babe for a walk to stretch her legs and enjoy the uncharacteristically warm November weather.
We went on our usual route, tromping through piles of leaves and snuffling around in bushes. By the time we made it back to the park, the wind had picked up and my hands were pink and cold. So we headed back home.
When we were only a couple blocks away, I noticed the bumps on Babe’s head. I knew immediately that she was having an allergic reaction.
When we first got Babe, she used to break out in hives somewhat frequently. And we learned how to deal with it.
We got her inside and looked her over. The bumps that were initially only on the top of her head had spread around her ears and eyes, down her neck and onto her front legs.
She was scratching at them and looked just pitiful.
Babe got a dose of benadryl and we bathed her to ease the itchiness and wash away any leftover pollen or other allergen that might still be in her fur or on her skin.
Almost immediately she began showing improvement. The bumps disappeared and she was obviously more comfortable.
Within an hour the bumps were nonexistent and the Pig Dog was back to her normal squishy self.
While any other medical malady would have sent us straight to the vet’s office, as I mentioned above, Babe has had these sorts of reactions before. In the past we contacted our vet and his recommendation was to use benadryl, which is what we’ve done in the few instances since that discussion with him. Each time, the benadryl has worked and the added bath has soothed her itching.
If your pet has an allergic reaction to something, I’d always recommend contacting your vet first, especially if it’s never happened before.