Diagnosing and Treating Dog Hives and Allergies

Dog hives can result from eating a specific food or inhaling an air borne allergen. Overall, the hives should disappear within 24 hours. If not, do some further investigating to help relieve your pet.

Get to the Bottom of Dog Hives

Evaluate what your dog was doing before he started swelling. Hives usually appear within 30 minutes after something triggers them. Try and expose what may have caused this allergic reaction in your dog. It could be an environmental issue like mold, preservatives in foods, insect bites or even from stress.

Step 1: Identify Hives:

  • Circular, raised red welts on the skin
  • Excessive shedding
  • Furious scratching
  • Raised hair
  • Raw and inflamed skin
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Welts and swelling of the facial area or tongue

Step 2: Try to Treat Hives

If the hives do not disappear with the help of a cool bath or topical solution, see your vet. Your pet may need to have a blood test or be given an oral medication.

Step 3: Get Diagnosis to Treat Medical Condition

A dog can also get a skin rash due to an allergic reaction. This may be from pollen in the air or certain cleaning agents and toxins in your home. There are also some medications that cause hives and skin infections in dogs.