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Benadryl for equine hives. I’m trying it with BG.






Beautiful Girl has hives again.  Bad.

She has had hives, on and off, since we moved here.    I don’t know if it is in the water, the feed, the ground or the air.  Her blood tests basically said she was allergic to every grass, weed and tree in the universe… so that doesn’t help.  And there is no rhyme or reason to her outbreaks.   There are times when she is totally smooth and times when she breaks out in hives- but no pattern.  I don’t know what triggers her immune system.  It happens any season but not consistently.  I’ve changed her food so many times, I’ve learned her particular palate (she loves odd things like oranges and lettuces)… but I still cannot discern what triggers these hives.

As you can see, she has itchy spots on her face and hives all over her neck, sides and rump.

She rubs herself on anything she can find, hence the shoulder spots.

Last year, we had her on Tri-Hist daily, and that seemed to help.  However, this year, she is not responding with Tri-hist at all.

I called my vet on Friday.  He was going out of town but suggested that I try Benadryl until he could come see her on Tuesday.  “500mg in the morning to see if it knocks it down.” (I’m not suggesting anyone do this without asking your own vet….)

OK.  Hmmmm.  I went to the store and found liquid, gel caps and capsules.  The gel caps looked easiest, so I purchased those.    Doing the math, I realized that I needed 20 pills per dose.

OMG>  Getting 20 pills out of those stupid blister peels takes FOR EVER.  (After the first dose, I went back to a local pharmacy and got the generic brand that comes in a bottle like aspirin.  So much easier.  Sheesh.)

My trick to give the Benadryl to her is this:  Get the generic Benadryl that comes in a bottle (diphenhydramine) and put the dosage of pills into a cup.  Pour hot water over the pills and let them dissolve.  Then, once cooled, put in a syringe with apple sauce or maple syrup or whatever works.

Anyway… the first dose didn’t show anything, but she felt better the next day.  She was brighter.  On Sunday, she was again brighter.  On Monday, I did notice a softening in her coat.  She still had hives, but they were softer.

After the second round of Benadryl, she is much happier and brighter. Her eyes have cleared of gunk and her neck and torso hives are softer.

The vet came out yesterday, Tuesday, and gave her a shot – plus I have 2 syringes of something that I need to give her for 2 days to boost the shot.

Surprisingly, the vet told me to continue the Benadryl for 2 weeks!  He wants to use whatever we can to ‘knock it back and give her relief’.

At this point, she seems happier, the hives are less, but not gone.  So, I will continue with this treatment plan and let you know!

This is tonight, after one shot and 4 days of benadryl and one booster. She still has hives but they are softer. Her eyes are still clear. Crossing fingers that she will recover fully in 10 more days.

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Today was Farrier day… and the PONY met his match!






Today was farrier day… and I forgot to take a lot of photos, as usual.  You see, Fernando is so funny and fun, I spend my entire time with him chatting and I forget to take pictures.

Anyway, the best part of today was the Pony rodeo.

Rocky Balboa, the one-eyed pony, has clearly had some bad experiences in his little pony life.  This is evident because he has two brands… (I’m thinking he looks like a kids’ pony but he most definitely is NOT a kids’ pony  so he was sold a few times…)… and then he had some sort of run in with someone or some thing which led to his one eye and… all of the above on top of his wild white/blue eye and huge ponytude… led him to the kill pen.

Rocky actually came to me with that warning.  His rescuers (Rocky was in a straight to slaughter pen in Texas) told me that he was ‘a bit wild’ and ABSOLUTELY did not like to have his feet done.

Before I even had a chance to pick up his feet, on day one here, he backed his pony butt into me and tried to push me and kick me.  Luckily, I have raised two Shetlands before and I knew the signs and had no fear.

Rocky and I are now friends.

AROUND HERE…

Around here, Rocky is fairly easy going.  I can tend to his bad eye without a halter and he lets me put his fly mask on and off.  He takes cookies and halters easily.   But he does get his panties in a bunch every now and then – usually if he feels pressure.

It is my observation that he really doesn’t see well out of his good eye, either.  He just doesn’t see well at all, which makes a little horse a bit skittish.

And he doesn’t like anyone on his blind side… or by his feet, AT ALL.

We saw some of that today.

THE GOOD NEWS

The good news is that Fernando is a saint, and he is bigger than I am and much bigger than Rocky.  Fernando is also much stronger than both of us and has good, stable hips on our unstable ground.

Fernando spent a good half hour just stroking Rocky and asking him to move a bit to the right or left.  No pressure, just a give and release.

At one point, Rocky decided to make his move… but Fernando stuck with him and didn’t let the Ponytude cause an accident.

By the end of the Rocky vs Fernando meetup, Rocky had picked up his front two feet – just enough – and let them be held for longer than he was comfortable… and we quit.

Much progress for a tiny, mostly blind, scared and setinhisways easytoblow pony that everyone gave up on – who landed in a kill pen.  A great day!

PHOTOJOURNAL

Ethel Merdonk was first.

Gwen is ready… and Rocky stands behind, very interested.

I put on his halter… he knew something was up. (Princess Buttercup Pebbles is in the background.)

Fernando moved all around the pony, as you can see, Rocky was tense. (Norma looks on. She is very protective of her ponies.)

Fernando did both sides and under his tail, which Rocky found very confusing… Norma is curious, too.

After Rocky had his lesson, we moved onto Finn, BG, Wrigley and here is Missy Miss. (Mo is in the background.)

 

A GOOD DAY WAS HAD BY ALL!   COOKIES ABOUNDED.

 

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