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Fluid in dog's throat and ichy, lumpy skin

by Rachel Rippy
(Washington, DC)

My Boston Terrier has had itchy skin since yesterday evening. His throat is also swollen/fluid filled. His skin looks generally lumpy.

We just moved to a new location a few weeks ago, but his food has not changed. It seems like possibly some kind of allergic reaction, possibly from something in the yard?

He also seems a little sluggish, but still wants to play and is acting normal for the most part (eating, using the restroom etc).

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Dec 21, 2011
My Online Vet Response for: Fluid in Dog's throat and itchy, lumpy skin
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Rachel,
From the photo you submitted of your Boston Terrier, I can see that the fluid is under the skin, in the 'subcutaneous' part of his neck/NOT actually fluid in his throat.

He appears to have hives, which IS an allergic reaction. He should be seen by a veterinarian ASAP. Preferably a holistic veterinarian, otherwise a conventional vet who will give an anti-histamine injection, and maybe epinephrine, depending on his symptoms by the time you take him to the clinic.

I am not sure why he had an allergic reaction. But he should be treated ASAP. Since his food has not changed (did you have any visitors that gave him a treat?), he may have had an insect sting or bite.

Years ago, I took care of a Boston Terrier that ate some Oyster Stuffing from the turkey. He had a very severe allergic reaction that responded well to conventional treatment.

A holistic veterinarian may be able to sort out what would be best for the long term. I am familiar with Veterinary Holistic Care in Bethesda, Maryland. (301) 656-2882 They may not be too far from you in Washington, DC. Otherwise, to find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below:
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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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