Hey guys. Kiera has had yet another mishap. Lots and lots of (what we think are) fire ant bites.
We believe Keira got bitten by a bunch of ants. She's had a lot of facial swelling which we've been keeping under control with Benadryl spread out through the day. She's had no signs at all of trouble breathing, tongue swelling, vomiting, shaking, weakness or signs of shock. It's been over 24 hours now, and still no signs of shock. I've heard that life threatening reactions will happen within 24 hours. However, there's still facial swelling.
We've treated the ant bites with witch hazel and later apple cider vinegar. We've also held ice packs around the bites. They still seem to be bothering her. Is there anything else I can do to comfort her?
We're keeping REALLY close watch on her for getting worse. Any sign and we'll rush her to an emergency night vet. This is obviously a reaction to the ant bites. Providing this sticks to just swelling, when should swelling subside? Since it's been over 24 hours, and there's still swelling, how worried should I be?
Also, I learned you can give 1 cc ob Benadryl for each pound of dog weight. She's about 11.5 pounds. Today she's been given a total of 9cc so far spread out in 3 3cc doses.
Is it better to spread the doses out like this or give all at once? How many times can such a dosage be given in a day?
In case you're wondering, we first thought there was only one unknown bite on the nose because that's where the swelling began. By the time we discovered the bites covering her chest (and a nest of ants where she had been laying yesterday) 24 hours had already passed. We thought we were dealing with one bite, and weren't that worried. Now that we know there are a LOT of bites, I'm very concerned. She swells, then gets better and we think it's over. But then she swells again. Quite possibly because of the spread out Benadryl. I really want to know how we should be spaving the Benadryl to be most effective.
Any help is greatly appreciated. I hope I made sense of my post- I'm rather shaken right now.