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29 January 2016
Bonnie at presentation
Bonnie, a lovely 9 month old Boxer dog, was presented to Willows in October with a very dramatic skin problem. It had all started 4 days earlier, when her owners had returned home to find large lumps all over her body.
Not knowing what they were, Bonnie’s owners took her along to her local vets, who suspected an allergic reaction and administered a steroid injection. This improved the lumps, and Bonnie’s skin returned to normal. However, by the next day, the lumps had returned and Bonnie was taken back to her local vets. Again, treatment was given, and her signs resolved. Unfortunately, by the following day, Bonnie’s lesions were back and worse. Things had progressed, with swelling around Bonnie’s face and neck and she had started to vomit. Bonnie was referred to Willows to be seen by Dermatology Specialist, Jon Hardy.
Jon suspected a problem called recurrent urticaria or ‘hives’ which can be caused by many things, but is often caused by an allergy or a bad reaction to a drug. Along with the hives, Bonnie’s vomiting and facial swelling were consistent with a more severe reaction called angioedema, which can be serious and even life-threatening when a dog’s breathing becomes affected. It was important to review Bonnie’s whole history to see if any triggers for the reaction could be detected. Following this, Jon suggested that a food allergy might be possible, and Bonnie was started on a very strict allergy diet.
3 months on, and we are very pleased to report that Bonnie is doing really well. Since changing her diet, she has had no further episodes of hives or facial swelling, she is not receiving any drugs, and she is back to being a bouncy boxer puppy. Bonnie’s food allergy should mean that the prognosis for the future is very good!