Our first puppy emergency

Buddy has been with us for four weeks now. Four weeks! This weekend saw our first puppy emergency and left me feeling very guilty.  

This weekend I thought it would be a good time to give him a little bath, everything I read suggested it was absolutely fine to do and if I started doing it reasonably regularly, he would get used to it and not find it a stressful event. 

So I ran him a lukewarm bath, in the kitchen sink (of course!) and lined the side with towels and his food so I could bribe him if needed.  To start with, he was absolutely fine.  He let me work the shampoo into his coat and only tried to get out a handful of times. Infact, I was very surprised at just how good he was considering it was the first time he's had a bath. That all changed though when I tried to get him out of the bath. I lifted him out and wrapped him into a large towel so that he wouldn't get cold and sat on the sofa with him to dry him off and give him a fuss.  As soon as I sat down, I noticed he was shaking. I've only seen him like that once and that was when we first brought him home. As well as shaking, he started to get snappy as I was drying him off. When I put him on to the floor, he ran around, pushing the side of his face into the carpet and dragging it along, rubbing his face and ear. I thought he had some water in his ear and tried to dry it off some more. It wasn't until a few minutes later that I realised his snout had started to swell up. I thought I'd watch for a little while to see whether I was imagining it or whether it was actually swelling.  

Within 20 minutes though,it was pretty clear that he was having an allergic reaction. He wouldn't sit with me or even come anywhere near me, just snapping at me and rubbing his face against the floor.  So I phoned the vets who confirmed it sounded like an allergic and reaction and told me to give him a Piriton tablet and if he didn't improve I was to take him in to the out of hours. They told me that some dogs, just like people, can be more sensitive to different chemicals than others and even though the shampoo was marked as suitable for puppies, many of them can still be too strong for them. Typically I didn't have any Piriton in the house (I had the syrup but was told it had to be a tablet!) so I had to make a mad dash to the chemist.

By the time I got home from the chemist, he looked so sorry for himself and I felt terrible. Luckily the Piriton started to work pretty quickly and within an hour he had stopped snapping and was just a bit dopier than usual.  Within a couple of hours the swelling had reduced and he quickly got back to his usual cheeky self. The dopiness lasted all night, all he wanted to do was sleep.  Thankfully when we woke up this morning, the swelling had completely gone and he is running around as usual. The only thing I have noticed is that he seems clingier than usual, following me everywhere and whining if he can't see me. As sweet as that is, I'm hoping that it doesn't last!

The shampoo I used was Johnsons Kitten and Puppy Shampoo and, needless to say, I will not be using it again.  If anyone could suggest a suitable shampoo I could use for him, that would be great!


  1. Oh how scary! You shouldn't feel bad though. How were you to know and you for fixed really quickly. Poor thing. Can't help with a new shampoo though, we used to wash our dog with whatever we were using! She wasn't a puppy though #TwinklyTuesday

  2. Wow, that's scary! I would never have anticipated a pup having a bad reaction to soap made specifically for animals.

  3. Oh no, poor puppy!! It's not your fault though, you weren't to know! We don't bath our daxies unless they are covered in something as i'm wary of stripping the oils from their coats. Instead, we use the "mild as water" baby wipes for a quick wipe over and freshen up when needed. I also use them wet, like a little flannel for faces and paws if they need a quick clean up! Glad to hear Buddy is feeling better now - I'll remember the tip about the piriton!

    1. I think I'll be doing similar in future. I'm a bit worried about it happening again x

  4. Poor thing! I remember how lumpy and swollen my dog got after attempting to eat a bee. Just awful.

    We used earthbath puppy shampoo for our dogs when they were both pups. It was super mild and smelled kind of like cherry...but I don't know if they sell it in the UK. Maybe it's worth a look up, if nothing else?

  5. Oh goodness you must feel awful. We all make mistakes and you meant no harm. Lesson learned and hope your puppy is feeling so much better now #TwinklyTuesday

  6. It is AWFUL when our fur pups get hurt! Glad he is better! #twinklytuesday
    tracy www.viewfromthebeachchair.com

  7. Awww bless him, he looks so content X #twinklytuesday

  8. It's awful when pets are poorly isn't it - hope he's back to his old self now #twinklytuesday