Yesterday morning I noticed a hive over Delilah’s right eye. She has a tendency to get a large welt when she’s bit by a bug, so naturally, I assumed something had bit her. Since we were forecast for a blizzard I had to run out to the store, and when I got home I checked her eye and the hive seemed like it might have moved slightly and her eye was a bit more swollen.
I called the vet.
By the time we arrived at our 4:20 appointment, the bulk of the swelling around her eye was gone. The vet could see a little swollen area and said to keep an eye on her and if it got worse to give her some Benadryl. She said the Benadryl might make her tired.
Just before dinner I noticed she had a hive over her left eye.
I gave her some Benadryl with her dinner, then Hubby and I ate ours and watched a show. While we were watching the show Delilah climbed up on my lap looking for some attention. I had noticed she was a tad bit clingy so I held her and rubbed her until she got down.
After the show was over I got up to do dishes and of course Delilah came with me. When I looked at her under the kitchen light, this is what I saw.
It’s like she just went POOF. The poor little thing was covered with hives. On her nose, around her eyes and all over the top of her head. She looked like her hair was standing up all over her head.
The vet gave us enough Benadryl for three to four days and said if I noticed the hive getting worse to start her on the Benadryl and keep her on it, to make sure we get whatever is in her system out.
I placed another call to the vet, but because we are in the middle of a blizzard, I didn’t hear back last night. So of course I did the one thing you aren’t supposed to do.
I consulted Dr. Google. I know, I know. BUT this time I found the Pet360 site, which basically said it’s an allergic reaction. Not the best news in the world, because how the hell do you determine what the allergen is? BUT it was enough to help me feel a wee bit better.
Meanwhile I message Jodi Chick who suggested I wipe her down with a wet towel, in case it was a contact allergy.
Delilah was curled up sleeping on her bed, but I woke her up to wipe her down. I wiped her all over with a wet towel and the hives seemed to have gone down quite a bit.
Funny, but the Benadryl worked with her, she went right back to sleep. Me on the other hand…
Someone remind me to get a refill on my Xanax today.