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Question by Karl
Submitted on 12/29/2003
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I have a weimaraner that is developing hives all over his body almost every day or every other day.  We've been giving him regular allergy medication (Zyrtec) and the hives subside shortly afterward.  

Any clues what might be causing these and how we might be able to deal with this?


Answer by Stacie
Submitted on 1/26/2004
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Have you checked to see if your dog has HOD?


Answer by rectom
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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take it to the vet


Answer by Kat
Submitted on 1/31/2004
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My dog got hives once, we had fed him human food with tomato sauce in it. Don't feed him human food, or change the dog food he's eating, gotta be something he's eating.


Answer by rosacanina
Submitted on 4/1/2004
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HI - I have the same problem with my lab mix, facial hives, it started about three months ago when she was about 15 months old. I give her Benadryl every day which works okay, but would like to find out what causes it. Did you figure out what causes the hives with your Weim? Could you let me know? Thanks, Deb


Answer by lepizzagirl
Submitted on 7/5/2004
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I have a weimer who is also prone to have allergic responses to many things.  His face has and back has broken out in hive and his eyes have swollen closed.  We gave him Benadryl and took him to the vet for a shot of cortisone, but ideally, you want to find out what is triggering the allergy and not just put a bandaid on the problem.  Many things can cause dog allergies...  food, chemicals (like if your dog runs through grass that has just been treated with a pesticide), bugs (skeeters, spider bites), so just keep a close eye on him and be aware of everything he comes into contact with.  If allergic response becomes severe, he needs to see the vet because his throat can swell closed and he can die or his organs can swell and he can die.


Answer by Nick
Submitted on 7/7/2004
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I just got a weimaraner puppy and he developed hives in the first few days since I've brought him home. I'm going to switch his food and see what happens. Coincidentally, our other dog has started developing oozing scabs under his neck since the new puppy showed up. The scabs seem to be spreading. The two wrestle around, but I haven't seen them biting each other.


Answer by amie
Submitted on 7/8/2004
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OK i know this is suppose to be an answer thing but i am also getting a weimaraner puppy from the shelter and i need to know are these type of dogs good with kids? me and boyfriend are expecting a baby soon and we wanna make sure if they are a dog that will except a baby or not


Answer by onbz
Submitted on 8/10/2004
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could be a mosiquito bite same problem with my dog.


Answer by Redavaw
Submitted on 9/24/2004
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Weimaraners are excellent with kids!


Answer by Audrey
Submitted on 12/3/2004
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I also have a weimaraner with allergies.  She broke out in hives on Thanksgiving evening.  I took her to the vet and they gave her a  shot and also picked up some antibiotics.  They seem to be working.  There were so many hives I would have to guess around 150-200 on her neck and back.  Now after the medicine she has almost completely healed. I also put a cod liver oil, and omega 3 fatty acid pill in her food everyday.  I just get the gel tabs and open them over her food.  It has helped.  Talk to your vet to see if they would recommend any herbal remedies.  Good Luck!


Answer by LateniteWatch
Submitted on 1/9/2005
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My MiniDashound is having the same problem. I appreciate all the tips so far. I have taken him to the vet for this now 3 times! He is swollen right now just a few days later from last visit (usually lasts a few months!) and it is worse than ever. Thats how I found this site, trying to stay awake (4am..on) to make sure the Benedryl I gave him helps, and he doesnt get worse. Poor baby woke me up he was so miserable, hives under neck HUGE and on his bottom, some one his paws. I like others in here sure wish I could figure it out! Could it be Dust? It seems to happen more during the night (in bed with me). Good luck all...


Answer by smiles
Submitted on 1/14/2005
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Having experienced the same trouble, I quickly read on for some answers. I believe the lepizzagirl gives us the most of all what I know to be the closes answer to this question. Even when you try to narrow it down is vary hard, and a bit frustrating. Cheer up beause I got one for you.....
I just barely noticed that I had been walking my doggies through poison osk.

it is possible that you may have been too, and not noticed it.

be safe. thanks for listening and helping.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Here is another answer for you. while walking m                                reading all of your answers hoping   Before IHaving


Answer by weimdog
Submitted on 6/6/2005
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Our Weim "Daisy" was 4 years old when our baby was born. Except for the occaissional slobbery lick to the face, Daisy has been very good with our daughter.

I too am looking for relief for a Weimaraner with what appears to be allergies. She had a full allergy work-up when we lived in the city. The vet put her on allergen-free food, Hills Prescription ZD Ultra, and she seemed to do much better. Now that we have moved to the country, her allergies are back with a vengence, even with the allergen-free food. Her symptoms are primarily itching at her mouth and jowl area. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.


Answer by Andrea
Submitted on 7/14/2005
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my pit has hive all over his body he got into tuna i dont know what it is i gave him benaderll help


Answer by Kristie
Submitted on 7/27/2005
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I have a male Weim he is 13 months old.  today will be the second visit to the vet for some sort of allergic reaction.  He is covered in hives and is scratching so badly that there are patches of raw skin and missing hair.  The first diagnois was he was allergic to chicken (common in most dog food).  Who knows what is wrong now.  


Answer by copper
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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   my dog chopper (pittbull)
   has hives his eyes are puffy how long will it take to go away? he has bumbs everywhere.
   bless his heart should I take him to the vet.??


Answer by Maria
Submitted on 10/13/2005
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Dogs can easily develop hives by exposure to pesticides make sure that is your lawn is treated that the chemical is completely dry otherwise your pet is at risk.


Answer by hey
Submitted on 11/19/2005
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my dog has the same thing i am wondering what it is cam u please tell me


Answer by Lisa
Submitted on 11/28/2005
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My weimaraner is developing hives all over his back.  They develope into crusty, pusy little bumps. He is 14 months old and never had them before.  I have been giving him Lamb and Rice formula dry dog food for the last couple of months.  My vet thinks he may be allergic to his food.  Has anyone ever tried Wellness all natural dog food?  He seems to like it.  I hope this works!


Answer by Brandi
Submitted on 1/8/2006
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I have a 16 month old Yorkie.   After she received her 1yr Rabies shot and Distemper shot she developed hives and a mild fever.
I gave her Children's Benadryl (non-alcohol and sugar free) and she is ok.   She did not have any problems with her first vaccination shots, but seemed to have developed an allergic reaction to either the Rabies or Distemper shot.  


Answer by Paul
Submitted on 1/19/2006
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Okay, you must be weird and unpopular, so I wouldnt be talking.


Answer by Renee
Submitted on 1/20/2006
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I have English springer spaniel that just developed hives and i'm very worried about her.  I gave her benadryl and took her to the vet.  The vet told me that she mite be allergic to the antibiotics that she has been taking for her urine infection hope it is that.


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Submitted on 2/25/2006
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Answer by imagi
Submitted on 3/21/2006
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This post is fairly old but anyway...My dachshund is prone to get hives. He first developed them from running around in my cucumbers last summer, then he was stung by a bee, and now he has them again and I was looking for answers. I suppose this time it is people food.


Answer by carson
Submitted on 5/6/2006
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Weims are great additions to families. Sadly though, many end up in shelters, because their owners are unaware of the great responsibility of owning a dog, let alone a Weimaraner.  Training and exercise is a must, the Grey Ghost is eager to please, and has a sharp mind.  It would be good to establish order in your home, so that you new weim puppy knows he is at the bottom, and all humans are dominant dogs.  This could be as simple as never feeding him from the table, or only feeding him after your family has eaten.  It would be best to talk to a trainer or breeder to discuss compatibility with your family, and your new puppy.  The trainer will also be able to provide behavioral advice, specifically on how to socialize your puppy with your new child.  If you are expecting a baby soon, it might be better to wait until you've had your child for maybe say 6 months or so because it would be and extreme challenge to potty train a puppy, and stay up with a crying baby all night. Whatever you do make sure it is in the best interest for the dog, remember, a Weim is much too beautiful a creature to throw away.


Answer by elaine
Submitted on 5/9/2006
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My daughter has a Boxer that has developed hives all over his body. It's always good to take the animal to a vet, unfortunatly four hundred dollars and two vets and several shots later the dog still has hives. He is about four years old and I can't find anything different in his diet or what he is near. Any ideas...


Answer by AJackson
Submitted on 7/24/2006
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I know someone with a Weim.  He was allergic to wheat in his dog food...most dog foods have corn, wheat, etc.  He put him on a duck/potato food.  Bland but it has worked so far.

Here's a plan if you want to find out what your Weim is allergic to:



Answer by Jim
Submitted on 8/3/2006
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I have a Vizsla who also recently got hives all over her body. We took her to the Vet and they gave her a shot of Benedryl. Though not completely positive of what caused the hives to occur, they believe it could be a reaction to a spider bite. We are continueing to give her Benadryl. The hives went away within a day and a half.


Answer by Bozena
Submitted on 8/30/2006
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Hi. I also have a Weimaraner. He is 10 months old and has a case of hives as well. He gets them every few weeks. They go away and then return. He is always eating the same thing and we feed him the highest quality foods and he is going to the vet regularly. He is is UTD on all his shots. The hives are red and hard. It is very strange to see that many dogs of this breed develop hives. Any other suggestions what might cause this? He is dewormed and has flea oil put onti his neck when necessary, so it can't be bites: HELP!


Answer by phil
Submitted on 9/9/2006
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I have 2 smooth fox terriers. I tried new kind of kibbles before we went camping. The male vomitted and he alss had diahrea. Possibly coincidently while we were travelling I let both dogs out to do their business at a rest spot in the mountains. One of the dogs came back and he was covered in hives.  I  thought mabye insect bite but they were not painfull he seemed a little itchy. Smooth fox terriers coats are very shot and  easy to see these raised lumps in his fur. I gave him some children's benadryl and the next day he seemed fine. Now a week has gone by and the other dog the female has similar symptoms she threw up and she had diahrea and now she has broken out in lumpbs hives. Am I seeing to many coincidences or is this a virus parasite or food poisoning.


Answer by Uni
Submitted on 9/14/2006
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I could either be the food. Or the shampoo you are using. Ive had so many problems with my dogs. Some have more sensitive skin then other dogs. I have fawn colored dog and I take her baths with oatmeal shampoo. She also use to have bad skin problems when I was feeding her those commercial dog food.I switched to all natural. Now I feed her WELLNESS dog food and all her skin problems went completely away after 8yrs.


Answer by heather
Submitted on 10/11/2006
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thanks for the hod comment, it looks like this might be the answer.  my dog recently has gotten the hives, and anarexia.  perplexed the doctors.  we are getting tests back tomorrow.  however,  his diet is high in protein.  I guess I will run it past the vet.  I will update later.  
thanks for the postings.


Answer by Amy
Submitted on 10/24/2006
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I have a weimaraner who is five years old.  Her vaccinations always result in hives and is given prednisone.  She also takes benadryl three times a day (recommended by a vet).  She is also on prescription dog food.  However, in the past three months she has broken out in hives for no apparant reason.  I have taken her to a skin specialist who switched her food again but has since broke out in another reaction where she had to be admitted.  The next step is skin testing.


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Answer by Mannie
Submitted on 12/28/2006
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I have a Boxer and he had the hives ALL over his chest, both of his sides, his legs, & a little along his spine. It is SO nasty! And I found out VERY quick that if you scratch it for them it makes it worse! I just give him "Benadryl" 3 times a day and it was gone the next morning but now it's back! So I'll just do that same old thing. Hopefully this won't keep happening other wise we're taking him to the vet!


Answer by weim/lab mix owner
Submitted on 4/16/2007
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I have 2 weim/lab mixes, one looks just like a weim, only he's black. He absolutely loves kids, he plays with my 2 yr old neice and my 2 nephews who are under age 2. Just make sure your new pup knows who's boss. Mine tries to dominate me and his brother, if you make sure he's submissive to you, you're baby should be welcomed by him also.


Answer by hurleysmum
Submitted on 7/9/2007
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hi there my weim is 1 year old i have 2 children one 7 and one 3 year old weims are good with older children as they can be quite rambunctious and knocks my son over quite a lot as he is still quote "excitable" the dog will accept the baby if he knows what his place is in the pecking order as they are quite dominant dogs.weims are very loving and protective(and will love looking after your family)but you may find that when your baby starts to toddle about the dog may knock him her down(not on purpose)and may cause the baby to hurt themselves,i know this may sound quite negative,but believe me they are wonderful companians and i love mine to bits! but its better to know what you could be up against and make the right decision before you have a family and the dog going back to the shelter again.good luck on your family and  i hope everything works out for your family and the weim!


Answer by taylor
Submitted on 7/9/2007
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i have a weimer and he's got hives my parents wont take her to the animal hospital i dont know what to do


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