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Veterinary Services

Hives & Facial Swelling

Hives in pets, also known as urticaria, manifest as raised, itchy welts on the skin. Facial swelling, or angioedema, involves swelling in the deeper layers of the skin and can accompany hives.


Hives & Facial Swelling

Hives and facial swelling in pets can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Allergic reactions: Pets can have allergic reactions to various substances such as certain foods, medications, insect bites or stings, environmental allergens, or contact with irritants.
  • Insect bites or stings: Some pets may develop hives and facial swelling as a result of insect bites or stings from bees, wasps, fleas, or ticks.
  • Medications: Certain medications can cause allergic reactions in pets, leading to hives and facial swelling.
  • Food allergies: Some pets can develop hives and facial swelling due to allergic reactions to specific ingredients in their diet.
  • Environmental factors: Exposure to certain environmental allergens, such as pollen or mold, can trigger hives and facial swelling in susceptible pets.

It’s important to seek veterinary care for your pet if they are experiencing hives and facial swelling. The veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s symptoms, conduct a physical examination, and may recommend additional tests to determine the underlying cause. Treatment may involve identifying and avoiding triggers, providing antihistamines or other medications to alleviate symptoms, and addressing any underlying allergies or conditions contributing to the hives and facial swelling.