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    eklind51 is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultHELP!! Ginger was bitten by fire ants!! (Picture inside) updated picture

    ginger was bitten by fire ants on her belly this afternoon....they are very red!! she's is on cephalexin (keflex) 750mg twice a day for a staph infection. do i just give her the antibiotics and not worry about the bites??? or do i give her some benadryl and her antibiotics?? she weighs 58 pounds....so how much benadryl if any?


    last night



    this morning


    they are not as red and i've only given 1 benadryl (last night). she does lick at them every once in a while but not constant.

    will they go away by themselves or do they need to be popped?



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    DefaultRe: HELP!! Ginger was bitten by fire ants!!

    You can get Benadryl cream if you don't want her to ingest it. If you haven't any on hand, try making a mash of baking soda with water. A paste consistency... rub it on her tummy. That will soothe the bites. Watch her respiration... fire ants can cause problems in some systems.

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    is hydrocortisone cream the same as benadryl cream??



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    DefaultRe: HELP!! Ginger was bitten by fire ants!!

    is hydrocortisone cream the same as benadryl cream??
    No, not the same but it may also help.
    I hope Ginger feels better soon.

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    I am sure the oral benadryl will be OK with the antibiotics if that is what you want to do. Is she itchy and swollen?

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    DefaultRe: HELP!! Ginger was bitten by fire ants!!

    The ratio is 1 mg of Benadryl per pound of the dog's weight.

    Do you have any Boudreaux Butt Paste? They sell it in Walgreens. That would take any sting or itch out and prevent her from scratching. Poor thing. That can be really serious, I'm glad she is ok.
    Also, Aloe Vera Gel might work.

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    DefaultRe: HELP!! Ginger was bitten by fire ants!!

    Quote Originally Posted by lablover
    I am sure the oral benadryl will be OK with the antibiotics if that is what you want to do. Is she itchy and swollen?
    they dont seem to bother her too much. they are warm...i just gave her 1 pill.

    she just started her new pass time eating at the ant piles...i checked in between her feet but didnt think to check her belly. i feel so bad. and knowing those damn ants it was probably just a couple and they bite her that many times.



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    my goodness! poor girl!
    i have no additional advise.
    sending good healing thoughts for a quick recovery.

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    Poor Ginger! My vet has put Prudence on cephalexin and benadryl at the same time. Just make sure it's the plain benadryl in the white and pink box. I've caught Brigetta trying to squat on fire ant hills before.

    Teresa, mom to Brigetta and Prudence

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    OMG! Is this in your yard? Is there any way to destroy them? I'd be out there with some explosives!

    I'm sure glad she's alright. I have heard some bad stories about fire ants. What part of the country are you in?


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