22 August 2007 @ 04:35 pm

Hi everyone!
Long time lurker, second time poster!  Proud mommy to Zoie, the teensy, 16-month old, 14-pound Boston.  I need fellow Boston parents advice here...This AM I woke up to Zoie scratching (she sleeps on top of the covers on the bed).  Once I got a good look at her, I screamed!  She was covered in LUMPS!  There were big ones on her back, plus smaller ones on her legs, and even on her face (the bridge of her nose and side of her face).  None on her belly and her lips looked normal.  

I have not changed her food, so I have to assume that something bit her amd she had a reaction over her whole body (I live in Las Vegas-so it's not mosquitos).    She was hugely itchy this morning, but not in any pain.  Her appetite and activity level were normal.  I called the vet who had me give her Benadryl--her lumps appear to have shrunk a bit and she is not really itching.  

I thought I remember a post a while back from Winston's mom when he got stung by a bee maybe?  If you have had this problem with your Boston--any idea what caused it, how long did it take the lumps to go away.  I was able to find one picture online of a Boston with hives, and that looks like my Zoie, except she had a lot more bumps.  Any advice or information is appreciated!

Amy H. Sturgis: VA/Meet VAeldritchhobbit on August 23rd, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Poor baby Zoie!

Virginia was once stung by a bee, and her whole face and neck was one mass of lumps! Her eyes were nearly swollen closed, and she had massive hives all over. I called the vet immediately - it happened SO fast! - and he said to give her Benadryl in one particular dose, and then follow up with a smaller dose like an hour later, and then watch her carefully. (He was worried about her throat swelling shut.) The Benadryl did the trick, but it was a full day and a half before her face was back to normal. :( Luckily, that's the only time in over five years that that's happened. It scared me silly! I hope your baby feels better soon.
Susanbusysuzy on August 23rd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
My girl Katie gets bit or has reactions to grass or something EVERY summer, sometimes several times. It was scary at first, now it's (unfortunately) old hat. The only time we worry is if her face gets too swollen...don't want those already tiny nasal passages to close up. We'll give her a benadryl and it usually take most of the day, but the lumps go down and she's back to herself.
Anastasiaanarie111 on August 23rd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
My Boston got something similar a few times already, and we have no idea what causes it. Some kind of allergic reaction to something. We check everything outside and inside to see maybe she ate something or something bit her or maybe some plant is blooming, but we don't see anything unusual. We give her some benadryl and that helps.
tini_smomtini_smom on August 23rd, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you've already addressed this problem but I wanted to add my 2 cents. It positively sounds like hives which my dog has had multiple times. My vet said to give her one adult benadryl BUT MAKE SURE that you don't get the ones with extra stuff, just get the plain allergy kind. Your dog is kinda on the small side and may need a diffferent dosage or type of med so you should probably check with your vet first.
catluv66catluv66 on August 23rd, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
yes, her vet actually recommended the children's Benadryl since she is so bitty :) I was curious as to how common this issue was among Bostons--and the replies tell me that it is not uncommon. Thanks!
asavasasavas on August 23rd, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Two days ago the same thing happened with Geech, although the lumps were only on his back. His never seemed to itch or hurt. I gave him Benadryl and most of the lumps went away although there are still a few small ones. Maybe I should give him more Benadryl? It seemed to work pretty well the first time. It really did seem to help with most of the bumps.
catluv66catluv66 on August 23rd, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Zoie's vet told me to give her one children's Benadryl and then another 8 hours later. She still was a bit lumpy before the second dose but this morning she looks great! I think the lumps bothered me more that they bothered her! :)
hotch: lickinghanbnan on August 23rd, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Like others have said, it's not uncommon. :-( Fig is really allergic to stings/bites and swells up immediately. Getting Benadryl into them QUICKLY is important, but I have to take Fig to the vet ASAP if she gets stung because she needs a huge amount (injection) to keep it under control (NOT fun at midnight!). All long as Zoie's reacting well to the Benadryl, she should be okay. It's scary though! Poor baby....