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My Dog Has Hives - Symptoms, Causes And Home Remedies

María Besteiros
By María Besteiros, Expert veterinary assistant and canine/feline hairdresser.. July 25, 2019
My Dog Has Hives - Symptoms, Causes And Home Remedies

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Hives in dogs, also referred to as Urticaria, can be defined as visible bulges on skin, in addition to noticeable reddened skin inflammation. Have you noticed your dog scratching more than normal? This, in addition to a swollen face, are common symptoms of hives in dogs.

For more aboutthe causes, symptoms, treatment and home remedies of hives on dog skin, keep reading here at AnimalWised.

  1. My dog has bumps all over his body: itching
  2. Hives in dogs: causes
  3. My dog is losing his hair in patches
  4. Dermatitis in dogs
  5. Scabies in dogs
  6. Hives in dogs: symptoms
  7. Hives in dogs: treatment
  8. Dog hives remedy

My dog has bumps all over his body: itching

Hives on a dog’s skin can appear acutely or chronically. Is your dog’s skin purple? Hive color can vary from rash-like red to a range of purple shades, similar to that of a bruise.

There are different types of hives in dogs and treatment will depend largely on the type. Some hives may remit spontaneously after a short time, while others may not. For more about what causes hives in dogs and the different types, keep reading below.

For more, we recommend reading our article where we discuss the most common skin diseases on dogs.

Hives in dogs: causes

The first thing to clarify is that a bruise on a dog’s skin is generally caused by a strong blow to the area. The impact causes bleeding under the skin, resulting in coloration.

Hives in dogs, however, are usually linked to allergic reactions. These occur when a dog's immune system overreacts to a substance that, in principle, poses no threat. Have you notice bumps on dog skin? This may appear as a reaction to insect bite, parasites, food, vaccines, etc. In addition, heat, light, exercise, stress and drugs can also result such reactions, but these would be considered non-immunological.

If you’re wondering, ‘‘Can dogs get hives from stress?’’ The answer is yes, they can, although this is not very common. Read about stress in dogs here.

For more, we recommend reading our article where we discuss everything you need to know about dog food allergies.

My dog is losing his hair in patches

The combination of hair loss and hives in dogs is often associated with pruritus (itchy skin). A dog will then scratch the skin to relieve this itching, which often ends up breaking the hair, resulting in hair loss (canine alopecia). In addition, this excessive scratching can also cause other injuries.

In general, this type of hives in dogs is cause by an allergic reaction, or the presence of parasites.

For more, read our article where we discuss why is my dog loosing hair?

My Dog Has Hives - Symptoms, Causes And Home Remedies - My dog is losing his hair in patches

Dermatitis in dogs

Dermatitis in dogs refers to the inflammation of the skin and is often confused with canine hives. Dermatitis and hives are, however, different.

If you notice red spots on your dogs belly, this is most likely due to atopic dermatitis, and can or cannot be caused by an allergic reaction. Hives, however, nearly always occurs as a result of an allergic reaction. For more, read our article where we discuss everything you need to know about atopic dermatitis in dogs.

Scabies in dogs

As we’ve already mentioned, on some occasions, the cutaneous manifestations of pathologies can quite easily resemble hives. Another example of this is sarcoptic mange in dogs, in which red dots appear which can cause itching and hair loss due to excessive scratching. Thus, if you notice this type of ‘hives’ on your dog’s elbows, we recommend consulting your veterinarian to rule out the possibility of scabies. Folliculitis can also appear as a series of papules on a dog’s skin, which can also be confused with hives.

Because of these such resemblances, it is necessary to go to a veterinarian in order to diagnose the hives correctly.

For more, we recommend reading about scabies in dogs and folliculitis in dogs here.

My Dog Has Hives - Symptoms, Causes And Home Remedies - Scabies in dogs

Hives in dogs: symptoms

The most common symptoms of hives in dogs include:

  • Swelling on the face, abdomen and legs
  • Redness om the face, abdomen and legs
  • Swollen eyes
  • Muzzle swelling
  • Excessive drooling

Although not a serious condition, if left untreated, hives in dogs can worsen. For more, read, why does my dog have irritated skin?

Hives in dogs: treatment

The treatment of hives in dogs is important to distinguish whether it is acute or chronic. If acute, it will be easier to find the cause which triggered the reaction, thereby controlling it. If chronic, however, determining the cause will prove slightly more difficult.

A veterinarian will be the one to diagnose and treat this reaction correctly. If, for example, the reaction is due to a food allergy, a vet may administer an elimination diet, modifying the dog’s diet according to the organism’s response to food.

Medication for hives in dogs

A veterinarian may prescribe corticosteroids or antihistamines to control the symptoms of hives in dogs, which can be administered intravenously (if necessary). Creams specifically targeted to treating hives in dogs may also be administered.

All medication used to treat hives in dogs should be professionally administered.

Dog hives remedy

It’s important to remember that if the cause of the hives is unknown, you should always consult a veterinarian before administering any hive medication or home remedy.

Once diagnosed by a professional, in addition to the medication, you can also opt for some home remedies for hives in dogs. These methods should only be applied under veterinary supervision, making sure that they do not interfere with any additional prescribed drugs. Some dog hives remedies include:

  • Oatmeal: recommended for its moisturizing properties. You can make an oatmeal shampoo at home washing the affected area.
  • Olive oil: is great natural moisturizer. Simply apply a small amount of olive oil directly onto the affected area. Massage it in gently for proper absorption.
  • Honey: also helps to soften skin, especially if eroded. Apply the honey directly onto the dog’s skin and let it act. Make sure that your dog does not ingest or lick it. For more, read how to stop your dog from scratching a wound.
  • Aloe Vera: is well known for its beneficial properties, especially when treating damaged skin. All you hvae to do is cut a segment of the leaf, peel it, and apply the gel from inside onto the damage area. For more, read about the uses of Aloe Vera for dogs.

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

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