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When hives aren’t actually hives at all

September 26th, 2012 | Posted by Emily in Bumming Out | Doggies! | Fostering. | Overly dramatic | Polly Pocket

Polly Pocket has been a bit under the weather lately…


She has had a few bouts of bumpy, hive-looking things over the past month. Usually they would go away with a couple doses of Benadryl. We just assumed it was an allergy thing and didn’t worry too much about it. Then her body freaked out while she was staying at doggy daycare during our weekend trip to the lake. When I picked her up, she felt really hot (like she was running a fever) and she was covered from head to toe in what I thought were those same hives. But the hives were…um…smelly. And bloody. And some looked like really gross pimples.


In addition to the smelly blood zits, Polly also managed to split her dew claw, turning it into a little crab claw. A little, infected crab claw.


So off to the vet we went, and within 15 seconds of the vet walking in he had diagnosed Polly with a staph infection. Apparently most dogs carry staph bacteria on their skin and it usually causes no issues. But sometimes inflamed skin from a reaction to allergies can allow the staph bacteria to burrow under the skin, creating a staph infection. Staph infection symptoms are, and I quote, “crusty lesions on the abdomen, blood and pus-filled blisters, hair loss, and rashes.”  Seriously?! So. Freaking. Gross. Oh, and it apparently makes Polly very, very, very itchy. The poor chica was miserable.

The vet believed Polly’s fever was related to her staph infection as well, but we are going to have a fecal test done just to rule out any other possible culprits. So in the meantime, Polly got a shot to help her feel less itchy and some antibiotics to take over the next couple of weeks. We are cleaning her bed frequently to make sure she doesn’t have any chance of getting infected again. Oh, and speaking of infections, her broken/infected dew claw was removed (it will grow back on its own) and wrapped in a bandage to keep her from messing with it. Needless to say, Polly is not thrilled.


We’re really hoping Polly will heal quickly because we don’t want to send her on any potential home visits until she is feeling 100% (when she isn’t feeling well she tends to act out). In addition to the meds the vet provided, Dr. Rufus and his assistant, Turkelton, are prescribing lots of snuggles (canine staph infection is not contagious to humans or other pets), frozen peanut butter kongs, and ice cream. If you insist, Doc, if you insist…

Once Polly Pocket is feeling a bit better, she will be available for adoption through Heart of America Humane Society!

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