Hi everyone… so Einstein is 2 years old now and has his at least 3rd case of hives. But the worst and longest. He is also prone to histiocytoma's (just for some background) as well as being allergic/sensitive to chicken and carrots. On a diet of Canidae Lamb/Rice kibble as well as homemade turkey 'stew' and raw turkey necks on occasion (plan on doing that more now). Also once got hives from the neighbors boxer... could be weird coincidence. He is also on Heartgard and a week over due for his Advantix since I didn't want to do it with the hives. Overall in great health... we go for two walks a day when weather permits. We've had a lot of snow and ice. We also got new rubber booties for his feet to protect from the salt on the roads and the ice. He loves them... I hope it's not them, but we haven't worn them since the hives either.
Ok, so hives have been here since Tuesday, so going on day 6 now. About a half hour after dinner we noticed his eye was swollen like he had been in a boxing match. There was blood and a huge amount of swelling above it. We gave him benedryl and iced it. Then the rest of the hives emerged within a matter of minutes we noticed major armpit and groin swollen hives. They were doing great with the benedryl almost gone then on Friday morning he played with my uncle's dog and by Saturday evening the hives on his ears have swelled and become worse. He can't sit still and is constantly looking around swatting at whatever is bothering his ear. The hives on his body have decreased but not disappeared and a few new ones as well. I have pulled up all rugs, blankets and pillow covers and washed them in only a sensitive dye free detergent. We did have recycled rubber floors put in our main living space a over a month ago. I've since washed and sanitized them as well. Lets see.... 3 baths. One 2 days prior to the hives with a new soap for sensitive skin "My Super Dog", but it does have tea tree oil(which I've read conflicting things about) as well as pyrethrin for insects. We also have a greenhouse and my bf started spraying the foilage with a fertilizer recently(have stopped that since the hives as well)
We also found a thorny bush... weird in the middle of winter, over by the squirrel feeder with some digging around it... not sure if it was Ein or the squirrels though. We pulled that out of the ground on Saturday.
I just can't figure out what is still causing his distress and/or the saliva from another dog maybe aggrevating what was already there? He was doing great till saturday... still wanted to play even on benedryl. Now just lethargic... though we did up the benedryl slightly as it is the only thing giving him comfort. And we are doing our best to clean his ears with peroxide. They are swollen to the point that he has yelped when I touch them, but he wants me to rub his head, I think it soothes him. We work from home so he is rarely ever left alone so he has been glued to me most of the week. Please help if you can. I am calling the vet in 2 hours to get an appointment. I'll see how his ears look when he gets up, I'm hoping he will be better.
Thanks!!!! Any help appreciated. Also... if anyone knows of a Veterinarian in northern NJ, parts of Essex & Morris County, NJ that is familiar with Basenji's that would be great as well. We are on our 3rd... we have been with her for over a year now, but I know we can do better.
Update: Ein woke up much better than I did this morning. He seems chipper, closer to his oldself. Most of the hives on his body are gone. There are still some on his head and around his ears, but they aren't as visible like the ones on his white underbelly were. The ones inside his ears are crusty and a bit oozy. The left ear is still a bit red all over, but less swollen then last night. He also lets me gently touch his ears which is a vast improvement. I guess my main questions now are, is it typical for hives to last a full week? Or could they have all been histiocytoma's? They didn't look like the ones he usually gets. Do I still need to take him to the vet today? All other cases of hives besides the first one were taken care of at home, but never lasted past 3 days. Would feeding a higher percentage of raw in his diet eliminate most skin conditions?