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Dog Hives: How To Get Hives Under Control

dog scratching from hives

Dogs seem to develop a number of allergic reactions to various things like bites, certain foods, brushing against leaves and grass, and pollen. The allergic reaction could show up as a bad case of the hives causing your dog to scratch ferociously. Although, their excessive scratching could be fleas, it also could be hives. One way to notice if the problem is hives is that hives will appear as red welts on the skin and more than likely disappear in a day. 

Hives are not that common with dogs like they are with humans but dogs can get hives that last for a couple of days or so.

Giving Your Dog Benadryl

Although it doesn’t take long for the hives to disappear there are ways you can get a handle on your dog’s hives. First, try over the counter medications like Benadryl and give to your dog based on their weight. 

How Much Benadryl to Give Your Dog

It is important to give your dog the right dose. Benadryl typically comes in 25 mg pills, but this might be too much for your dog.

Your dog should only take 0.9 to 1.8 mg per pound of your dog’s weight. Ensure that the medication you are giving your dog only contains diphenhydramine. This is the generic name for Benadryl.

Be sure to consult your vet before giving your dog any over the counter medications to be sure they are not allergic to the medication and also to find out how much dosage to actually give your dog. 

Using Lotion for Dog Hives

Avoid using cream ointments that help humans, like calamine lotion or hydrocortisone, these products are not effective on animals because they usually just lick it off.

Also, avoid scratching your dog. Like in the case of people who have hives, scratching only makes things worse. Another way to get a handle on your dog’s hives is to find out what has caused the hives. Is it a particular food or ingredient? Is it from them roaming around in deep grass or brushing up against bushes or leaves? 

What Causes Hives in Dogs

It may take some time to actually find out what is causing the hives. But pay close attention to what your dog eats and any reaction a couple of days later and keep a close eye on where your dog wanders. This will help you discover what the true culprit is. If they seem to be getting hives when they roam around in certain areas, keep that area off limits.

Certain dogs develop an allergic reaction to a certain type of protein found in their food. If you think it’s the food, change their diet for a few weeks to see if the hives disappear. Then switch your dog back to the old diet, if he breaks out in hives you have found the culprit that has caused the hives. 

Your vet can help you recommend foods for dogs that have an allergic reaction to certain foods or you can make your own dog food and leave out the ingredient that caused the hives. Following these few recommendations can help you get a handle on your dog’s hives.