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This type of reaction is very common in dogs with allergies.
To be quite honest, I have never seen it progress to the point where a dog needed epinephrine (I think that must be what your vet provided to you).
Instead, my patients do well with home treatment using oral Benadryl every 8 hours.
As long as she is not experiencing any difficulty breathing, weakness, or vomiting, she will likely be just fine with Benadryl.
How much does Rosie weigh?
She is around 30kg
OK, you can safely give her 3 tablets of Benadryl (75 mg diphenhydramine) when this happens.
Have you ever thought she had signs other than redness and facial swelling?
The first time was the worst, she was shaking severely
Her face was enormous all times
One of my dogs has a reaction as well, and the first time I almost didn't recognize him when he walked inside from the back yard.
Did you see shaking either of the last 2 times?
No, just agitation
Scratching at her face
That's not abnormal with the facial swelling.
We live in Turkey and its not that I question the vets here, but sometimes things can get lost in translation - I am English
If you are ever fearful, it's ok to give the injection, but it's unlikely to be totally necessary.
There are 3 vials in the kit, I believe one I adrenaline, one is a diuretic and if I'm honest, I'm not sure what the third is.
OK. I can understand the adrenaline, but I would not give a diuretic in that situation.
Hmm ok, confused now as they seemed insistent that I used this kit. Do you think they are being over the top?
Well, I hate to disagree with another vet, but in my experience we generally do not see worsening of these types of reactions. (We can see ramping up reactions to vaccines, so I am more cautious with those).
Especially where at this point she has already had 3 similar reactions, and we are NOT seeing an increase or change in her clinical signs.
OK that's very reassuring
They had me feeling that if I didn't get these injections in within minutes my poor Rosie would be at serious risk ; (
What about the lump that comes and goes on her nose?
If you ever feel concerned that her reaction is different and more severe, don't hesitate to try to adrenaline.
That will make her feel jittery, but better to have side effects than serious anaphylaxis.
The lump is suspicious for allergy, cyst, or possibly minor infection of a hair follicle or the like.
You can try a dose of OTC Benadryl if that's available in Turkey.
This would be the same 3 tablets we discussed before for the allergic reaction.
It isn't but we have other antihistamines
OK, Claritin and Zyrtec are great also.
Ah, we have Zyrtec! It does seem to go overnight and never seems to bother her
I will just check the dosage on the box
Excellent. She can get a 10mg Zyrtec every 12 -24 hours.
Just make sure it isn't the decongestant version. The pseudoephedrine is toxic to dogs.
Hmm, can't seem to find Zyrtec, I have Avil 22.7mg and Tavegyl 1mg,
OK, just a moment.
She can get 2 Tavegyl every 12 hours
I just checked with a Doc friend here and we can get Zyrtec, I wasn't imagining it ; )
Excellent. I have more experience using Zyrtec in dogs, so I would stick with that instead.
OK, will pick some up
So the nose lump doesn't sound like anything to worry about it