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    Update on Coco - post vet visit today.

    First thank you to those of you who posted advise for me. It helped to know I did just what our vet would have told me last night at 10:30pm. They couldn't get us in until after the scheduled surgeries this morning but we were at least the first unscheduled patient. Coco looked better this morning at 5am but was still puffy around her eyes and nose. The Benadryl did a good job of keepiing the swelling from getting any worse last night. I moved her bed right in front of the sofa and I slept there so I could hear her and watch for problems. I don't think I slept much because I feel exhausted today. The vet and both of his assistants all think she was bit by something. Maybe a flying bug or spider. We don't have any ants at all in our yard and the bees have all gone elsewhere due to the cold. We don't have snakes here in the middle of town either (thank heavens!!). He said we may never know but he checked her from head to toe looking for a bite mark. He said I did the right thing giving her the Benadryl right away. He gave her one prednisone tab and gave me two more. One for tonight and one for tomorrow. He thinks she will be fine but to watch her carefully when she is outside. I took her to our doggy day care after the vet visit and my friend Beth and her daughter "mothered" her all afternoon. When I picked her up at 5pm she looked better yet. So I am crossing my fingers and keeping the pink pills handy. Thank you again for all the moral support in the dead of night - it sure can be scarry being a labby parent but they are so worth it all.

    My poor Coco - she and Abbey went to the Doggie Daycare today and had so much fun. Too much I guess. I know they said they had been running and playing all afternoon and she was a little dirty so I didn't really look at her close at first. They both laid down and slept after dinner but I figured they were worn out. They played and we did a little training to show off for a friend of mine and she was fine. But then an hour or so ago she started to itch - and I mean really itch. When I got her to stop and let me look her face is covered with bumps - probably hives. Mostly around her eyes, mouth and down her sides. She has a few red spots (not hot) under her arms and on her tummy. She weighs about 63 lbs. so I gave her 2-25mg capsules of Benadryl. The swelling seemed to kick in fairly quick. Do you thing maybe something other than a flea could have bit her? The large run is dirt and they have smaller ones with grass. She and Abbey are on Frontline Plus so I never really worry about fleas or ticks. We haven't seen a flea on either of them ever. I am concerned but the meds seem to have calmed her a little. For sure we are off to the vet first thing in the morning but I wanted to ask if anyone had encountered something similar - fast onset - and might have an idea of something else than might help ease her itching. I did wipe her down head to foot with unscented baby wipes, paying special attention to her feet in case she had picked something up. Sorry for the long note but I am trying to give you all the info I have in hopes for a suggestion or two.

    Thanks in advance for any advice. It is almost 11pm here in the mountain time zone - USA. Sign me a worried labby Mama tonight.

    p.s. Abbey is fine thankfully....
    Last edited by NM Lab Lover; 10-27-2009 at 08:57 PM. Reason: Update on Coco's allergic reaction last night
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    oh no! I don't know what it could be but giving her the benedryl was smart. Maybe could have been a bee sting. Good luck.

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    It sounds like too much damage too soon for a flea bite unless it was about 20 of them but surely you'd see the usual flea evidence in her coat.

    My first thought was fire ants. Do you have them in your area?

    Keep us posted re what the vet said.

    PS: Frontline is useless. IMO, it's the equivalent to viagra for fleas. I switched to Advantage over a year ago on my vets advice & haven't seen a flea since.

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    My first lab, Pepper, would do that occasionally when we lived in College Station. She was allergic to something. I never found out what it was, but when we moved, she stopped having the problem. Benedryl was our first treatment each time. Watch closely for any difficulty breathing or shock. If that starts, get her to the vet ASAP! Pepper only did that once. Thank goodness, and that was the longest 7 mile drive I've ever taken.

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    We got a flea infestation when our dogs were on Frontline. It was a batch that was out of date. We use Comfortis now and never ever see a flea.

    But that being said, I too think it sounds like more than just a flea bite unless she has a really bad allergy to fleas.

    Hope she gets over it soon.

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    I posted an update on the first page. Thanks to everyone who reached out to a terrified labby parent late in the night.
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    Yikes! I'm glad she's doing better - I hope the meds will get rid of whatever caused the reaction!

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