Bella is my 4 year old fawn female boxer.
Last Thursday, she came in from outside swollen up to the point where her eyelids were swollen shut.
She was taken to the vet and given a steroid injection and sent home with steroid pills. The shot worked, but now she has developed hives and red spots and rashes all over her body. We took her back on friday and she was given a stronger dose of steroids.
Saturday with the stronger dose, the spots and hives started fading away, sunday they were almost gone, and monday they were totally gone. Tuesday was supposed to be the first day to taper off the steroids. She got half in the morning and nothing at night. Sure enough this morning she was covered in hives and rash. these pics are from tonight. Spoke to the vet tonight and she is now back on the full dose and will be getting blood work tomorrow.
allergies are a likely culprit, we first assumed she was attacked by hornets or ants while playing outside last Thursday.
Has anyone seen this on their boxer with such persistence? What are some allergies you guys have found in your boxers? We are trying to determine what is going on...Nothing has been out of the ordinary as far as surroundings and her food goes, so nothing I know of that is new has been introduced to her.
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