Veterinarian Checks out
Ella and Charlie Brown

I took both my puppies to the Veterinarian today.

One (our chocolate lab puppy Ella) to get her second round of shots and the other (our chocolate Daschund, Charlie Brown) to get his second round of shots as well as his rabies vaccination.

All went fine and I promise you we left on good terms with our veterinarian (he gave them both cookies and they were happy as clams).

chocolate daschund puppy We got home and ate supper and we noticed Charlie's cheek was swollen.

This is not totally uncommon in our household - - Ella plays a little rough with him.

As I was examining him, I noticed bumps on his head as well, and that one of his eyebrows was swelling.

Within 15-20 minutes his whole head looked like a sack of marbles and his eyes had swollen completely shut---he was having a severe allergic reaction to one of his vaccinations!

chocolate daschund

I immediately phoned our vet's office (thank goodness they have somebody on call-out 24/7) and we were instructed to give him children's benadryl (lucky we have a elementary aged daughter!).

Also, he was going to call our local hospital (we live an hour's drive from the city where our vet's office is in a remote northern town) for some Prednisone.

They had some on supply and were able to distribute a dose of it.

chocolate daschund puppy It took about a half hour but his swelling did reduce and now he's on the mend.

But what an evening we had!!

We are so happy that our puppy will be OK!

Jennifer Finley


The benadryl was very helpful and apparently it's quite common for dogs to have allergic reactions.. a lot to bee stings!

I never knew!

Hopefully this can help somebody else.

I was searching online and they have some dosage instructions here and there but I still think it's safest to ask your vet.

For our little 9-pound Daschund, it was a teaspoon of children's Benadryl (and he enjoyed the bubblegum taste).

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