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Unread 05-02-2007, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Tick/Chigger Bite or Poison Ivy?

A few days ago I posted about poison ivy in the general forum. Well - I forgot to mention that Max is a shorthair / single coat dog. His belly area has very thin hair. So I'm wondering if anyone call tell what's on his belly. We originally thought they may have been tick or chigger bites - but I saw some poison ivy in one of the places he likes to poo at.

Please let me know if you think it warrants a trip to vet. He doesn't itch at it much.
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Are those blisters? If they're blisters I'd take him to the vet.

If it's just red spots; he isn't itching a lot, they aren't multiplying and everything else is normal, I'd give it a couple of days to see if they'll go away on their own.

It might ease your mind to make a phone call to the vet describing the spots and asking if it's okay to wait and see if they go away on their own. He might also suggest a small dose of benadryl.
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Thanks. Can't really tell if they're blisters. If they are, they're rather flat with not much fluid. They might just be raised. I'll give the vet's office a call in a few minutes to see what they think I should do. Better safe than sorry.
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Last time I researched poison ivy and dogs, they cant get it. Only people can. I agree it does look like blisters. Possibly chiggers. However- the area around chiggers is usually more red..
I agree- give the vet a call. If nothing else it will ease your mind, and if something over the counter helps, then its fine. If not, then you know you need a visit.

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I don't think they're blisters but they look to me more like an allergic response to something like fleas or even lawn chemicals. I'd give him a bath in some very mild shampoo & dry him well (look for fleas in the process) & if it doesn't worse and no other symptoms give him a couple of days to see if they'll clear up before rushing to the vet. Benedryl is a good choice if he's bothered by the itch.
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btw- poison ivy can spread to you from the coat. I forgot if its 12 hours or lower at like 6 hours. Maybe you could rope that area off, or carefully ( gloves, long sleeves etc) take it out yourself. Just make to shower yourself quickly after finishing, and soaping very well. Maybe a landscape company can take it out . Some people are very allergic to it, some arent.

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I called the vet and they said give benedryl - but I forgot to ask how much. I got children's version, so would I base the dosage on his weight - giving him the equivalent for a child of his weight? He's about 50 lbs.

I will be spraying the poison ivy with a general herbicide once it stops raining. I do that area and a couple of other areas every year because my kids wander along the edge of the woods. I just hadn't gotten around to it yet this year.

So I'll give some benedryl tonight and just watch it for a couple of days.
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For cats, the dosage is 1mg per pound of weight plus 1 ... so a 9 pound cat would be 10mg.

I believe the standard adult capsule of Benadryl is 25mgs. To start, I wouldn't give him more than 25mgs even though his weight would warrant twice that dose based on the dosage for a cat's weight. I'd advise checking with the vet before giving any more than 25mgs.

Here's a children's weight dosage chart: HERE
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Thanks! Will call vet in AM and see what dosage they recommend and how many times a day.
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It's 25 mg per pound, just as you said katz. I wouldn't give more than three to any dog at a time, though.

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