How to Get Rid of Hives on Puppies

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Hives can be a dangerous thing if they develop into something more severe. Get rid of hives on puppies with help from founder and CEO of 911 VETS in this free video clip.

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Hi. This is Doctor Steve Weinberg your 911 vet. And today we're going to tale about getting rid of hives in puppies. Hives can be a dangerous thing if they develop into something more severe. So it's important to know what the source is and how to try and avoid it or treat it. Hives are raised pink bumps that can rapidly progress and spread throughout the pet's skin. It also important to note that you may not actually be seeing hives and it takes a trained professional to tell the difference between hives and other types of skin ailments. Hives are an allergic reaction to many things that include plants, insect bites and food. What happens is histamine is released in the body in reaction to these stimulants causing the swelling all over the body. Fortunately this is rarely life threatening and all you'll notice is a little swelling on the face and the muzzle of the dog and certain breeds are more prone to this. Occasionally there may be a big problem where the throat starts to swell and an emergency situation arises and you may need to seek immediate medical attention. Many of these things do not require emergency treatment or any treatment at all and will just resolve on their own. But you may want to seek veterinarian attention and most vets will give a steroid shot and or an antihistamine shot. Once you've identified the cause of the hives that are happening to this dog it's important to try to avoid the situation by avoiding plants, or certain foods that you've identified as the problem. You may also consider using antihistamines as a preventative measure. But make sure you check with your vet before you give any medication to your dog. So if you prepare for these situations and try to avoid them you can have a happy and healthy life together with your pet.

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