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What is Swollen Face?

While the definition for swollen face in dogs is quite simple, the potential reasons for this malady certainly are not. The swollen areas noted on your doggy family member may be of various sizes and shapes, waxing and waning under a variety of conditions, or, they may have developed suddenly or gradually over a period of time and they may or may not be symmetrical (the same size and location on each side of the face, head or muzzle).  Regardless of the circumstances of their appearance, they are all something which need the attention of your veterinary professional.

Swollen face in dogs is, quite simply, an enlargement or edema of a portion of the face, eyes, ears, head or muzzle of your family pet, which may or may not be symmetrical.

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Symptoms of Swollen Face in Dogs

The symptoms of the various potential causes are similar in a very general way.  Here are some of the symptoms you might see to accompany the swollen face in your dog:

  • Small bumps or hives, sometimes with hair standing up in that area
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling especially around the eyes and on muzzle
  • Swelling around the eyes which sometimes closes the eye(s)
  • Swelling in the jaw and throat area

Sometimes the swelling, especially in the muzzle, jaw and throat areas, can result in the closing off of the windpipe, causing an emergency situation for your canine family member.

Types  

The types of swollen face in dogs relate to the ways in which the swelling can occur:

  • Trauma - Including blunt trauma and penetrating injuries
  • Allergies - Includes food allergies and insect bites (spiders, wasps, etc) as well as environmental and household allergens (household cleaners, carpet cleaners, air fresheners, etc) and mold and pollen
  • Dental issues - Includes cavities, tooth damages, bone fractures, etc
  • Cancers and tumors and other systemic involvement
  • Lymph node involvement - Swelling of various lymph nodes in the facial area as a result of multiple factors

Causes of Swollen Face in Dogs

  • Trauma - This swelling comes in the form of fluid buildup from external traumas like being kicked, bumped, hit by a car and from penetrating wounds like animal bites, punctures from sticks and other sharp objects; frequently, bacterial infections can develop from penetrating wounds
  • Allergies - These include allergic reactions to insect bites, sting, vaccinations and various medications
  • Salivary gland swelling - This is mucus-like salivary fluid buildup
  • Abscesses - Just like we humans, dogs and cats are also prone to dental root abscesses which will result in swelling in the facial area of the afflicted animal
  • Cancer and other benign growths of tissue - Cancer is possible in your beloved canine family member too - and, just like in humans, some tumors will be malignant while others can be benign
  • Lymphatic obstructions - The lymph system needs to be open and flowing to work; obstructions in those pathways can cause fluid to accumulate anywhere in the body, especially in the face of your dog
  • Parasitic infestations - This cause can include, hookworms,  whipworms, roundworms, heartworms and tapeworms
  • Congestive heart failure - This causes excessive fluid which has built up in the tissues around the heart to infiltrate into surrounding tissues, causing the edema or swelling in the upper body and eventually to the neck, head and face of the afflicted animal

Diagnosis of Swollen Face in Dogs

During the diagnostic process, your veterinary professional will require your complete history on the lifestyle of your canine family member.  This will need to include details on dietary regimen, recent vaccinations (if not done by the treating vet), the locations where the dog may be been (to determine possible insect or parasitic involvement), the symptoms noted, their severity and duration.  He will also need to know if the swelling was noted to have come on suddenly or was it more gradual in its development?  Be sure to include any unusual behaviors noted and the duration of those behavioral changes.  Your vet will do a physical examination which will likely include some blood work, urine and fecal samples and perhaps other tissue or fluid samples to be sent to the lab for evaluation and assessment.  

A specimen of fluid from the swollen area will likely be obtained via needle aspiration and sent to the lab.  The vet may order some imaging studies, like radiography (x-ray), CT (computer tomography) imaging or MRI to identify or ascertain the presence of any masses, either felt on examination or suspected. An echocardiogram may be utilized if cardiac issues are present or suspected.  The treatment plan developed by your veterinary professional will be entirely dependent upon the diagnosis found.

Treatment of Swollen Face in Dogs

Treatments for swollen face in dogs, as noted above, can be based solely upon the diagnosis found in the examination and testing, or based on the assumptive diagnosis of an insect bite (most frequently the cause) or other allergen.  

  • In the latter situation, your vet will likely begin an allergic-style regimen right away, especially if there is concern that the swelling could interfere with your pet’s ability to breathe  
  • Your vet may initiate a treatment plan which consists of antibiotic treatment of any penetrating or trauma wounds which show infection and inflammation 
  • He may begin an antihistamine regimen if he suspects that your beloved doggy family member is suffering from an allergic reaction of some type  
  • If the reaction is severe, he may also treat your pet with steroids as needed.  Epinephrine may be utilized in extreme situations in which anaphylaxis is suspected as this type of reaction is potentially life-threatening and will need immediate action on his part  
  • If this severe reaction is being treated, you should expect that your pet will be hospitalized for close monitoring, utilization of oxygen, potentially IV administration of corticosteroids and heart and blood pressure monitoring on a 24 hour basis until your pet is stabilized and can safely be returned home
  • If the cause is found to be dental, your pet may be referred to a veterinary professional who specializes in doggy dental procedures unless your vet has the expertise to treat dental issues, too

Recovery of Swollen Face in Dogs

Depending on the cause of the swollen face in your pet, it is reasonable to expect that your canine family member will recover completely from this episode, provided medical care was provided appropriately and in a timely manner for the condition.  It is also reasonable to expect that cautions, suggestions and recommendations for prevention of future episodes will be given as well as at home emergency care recommendations in the event that your pet suffered a severe allergic reaction.  Of course, as a pet owner, you also should expect the pleasure of being told to administer your own form of “medical care” by the extravagant application of the three A’s (affection, attention and affirmation) to your healing beloved doggy family member.

Swollen Face Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Carmel
Boxer
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

black eyes
swollen face
Swollen Cheeks

My neighbors dogs face is super swollen I want to help her what can we do? The neighbor said she feel on an ant hill I know she wont take her to the vet....hands tied.

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Bertie
Jack Russell Terrier
8 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
swollen face

Hey my dog a jack Russell has a swollen face and eye he hordes things in his crate and we think he has got his paws on some e liquid we don’t think he ingested any but he is finding it hard to open his eye what can we do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Bertie has come into physical contact with the E liquid you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination; you should also give Bertie a thorough bath to remove any liquid residue on the skin and flush his eye out with sterile saline solution. When you go to your Veterinarian, you should take the container of the E liquid with you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 5 m/o puppy was losing her canine and then was pinned down that same day by her mom who is 5 mths overdue on her rabies shot. She has a scratch above her eye and her lip area is swollen. No spreading. What can I do to ease or maintain before I can take her to a vet.

My dog has swollen nose on one side and has problem in breathing and is sneezing

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Xena
Dogue de Bordeaux
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling of the cheek and neck
No appetite

My 1.5 year old female Bordeaux has a hard lump on the right side of her face and swelling that is traveling into her neck area. She has excessive drooling and isn't eating much. We took her to the vet Saturday and she was prescribed antibiotics in case of a bite of some sort, but I feel like the swelling is getting worse. She has lost a lot of weight within the last 2 weeks! I can't tell if she's in pain or not because she's still herself other than not eating.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing no improvement or a progression of the swelling it would be best to return to your Veterinarian; infections, allergies, salivary gland disorders among other causes may be the cause. Returning to your Veterinarian would include a more thorough examination which may include a fine needle aspirate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What happened to your dog?! I’ve seen so multiple vets for my guy!

I have a 10 year old yellow lab who has a mass on her right side just behind the jaw and below the ear, I just noticed it today. I had her at the vet on Saturday because she has been retching about ever hour with a clear sometimes foamy substance. The Dr. has her on antibiotics and says it may be a gastrointestinal bacteria. She has also lost 5 lbs. since this past October. It too hurts me to see her going through this. I hope your best friend is doing better.
Bill

My dog (shepherd mix)had swelling on left jaw that progressed up to his ear. Multiple aspirations, MRI and numerous other tests revealed nothing. No infection, no cancer, no clue what was going on. A course of steroids reduced the swelling within two days. We are now 4 months down the road, and the swelling has begun to return, and on both sides of his jaw now. Very frustrating to not know its cause.

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check from a different vet

I have a 9 year old chocolate lab who has a mass on right side. Once every 25-30 days he goes into a seizure type fit where he convulses, can’t open mouth to breath and his eye bulges. Vets are stumped and tell us they don’t know anything! Breaks my heart to see him go through this. It completely drains him for the next few days

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Copper
Hound
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching, biting paws.

My dog has been itching and chewing on paws. This has happened before. I gave him a benadryl and it seems to have caused his face mostly lips to swell. Could this be from the medication or him itching his face?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst it is uncommon, it is possible to be allergic to an antihistamine which I know sounds weird; it is also possible that the swelling cannot be controlled by the Benadryl and requires more intensive treatment. I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian for a once over to be on the safe side as any further swelling may cause breathing difficulties. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has swollen eyes and mouth what should I do

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Zorro
Mini American Shepherd
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Won't eat or drink anything
Whining due to swelling
Swollen snout and very scared...

I have a 6 month old mini Australian Shepard and he suddenly yelped and came running in the living room from the bedroom... and his right side if his snout and lip line is extremely swollen... and it's 1:30 am... what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Clean the area around the swelling thoroughly with water and look to see if there is a puncture wound, if you live in an area with venomous snakes, spiders or other creatures it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side even if you don’t see puncture marks as they are not always present. Baby aspirin at a dose of 5mg/lb may help with pain in the short term before a Veterinarian is open; if Zorro is in a lot of distress visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 8yr old boxer seems to have some swelling around her nose and is weezing a bit when she breathes. She's been scratching it a little bit and it's kind of red. Should I give her benadryl and could it be something serious??

My dog Sammy got in a fight with a dog and her cheek is swollen she won eat anything and acts lathargic she isn't whining either and she is ten years old

How do I know if my puppy will recover from a swelling face?

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Angel
Chihuahua
10 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bumps on skin
Redness

My chihuahua is 10 months. She came in to my bedroom with red patches all over her body and a bumpy and swollen face. She was recently given antibiotics for some wheezing she had as they thought she had a chest infection so could it be a bad reaction to that? It's 1:13am and her vets are closed. Please tell me what I can do for my dog. Thank u

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are suspecting an antibiotic reaction, do not give any more until you’ve seen your Veterinarian; there are also many other types of reactions which may occur from allergies, to irritation from cleaning detergents, spider bites (depending where you live) etc… It would be best to visit an Emergency Veterinarian as these symptoms presented suddenly and may progress quickly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Pug
10
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Wont eat
Lethargic

My dog Sammy got in a fight with another dog and her thoart and cheek is swollen she is 10 years old no bite marks but she can breath it happen yesterday and the sweeping started today

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any severe swelling around the throat should be checked by your Veterinarian as the swelling may get worse and cause breathing trouble. Sometimes, some trauma may not show on the surface of the skin, but bruising and tissue damage may still occur. It is really a case of waiting and seeing, I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian and they may prescribe an anti inflammatory to help with the swelling and pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stacy
Chihuahua
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swelling and redness

I got home from work and i see my dog and her mouth close to the throat is swollen on the right side theres like a red spot like a bite. When i touch her she cries of pain. There's swelling on both sides of the mouth and down under the mouth.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing evidence of a bite and severe swelling around the neck, you should visit your Veterinarian immediately as severe swelling may cause airway obstruction which is life threatening; also if Stacy was bitten by something poisonous, there may be additional complications too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Posh
Boerboel
Two month
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of weight and vomiting

Recently my dog just lost weight due to frequent vomiting and liquid stooling with blood in it.which antibiotics should be administered . also there is swelling on the face and eye what should I do .and what meal should I give the dog to regain it weight. It barely two months old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Posh has diarrhoea with blood she may have Parvo which needs to be treated with fluid therapy, antibiotics and other supportive care; I cannot legally tell you prescription medications (like specific antibiotics) as I haven’t examined Posh. You should visit a Veterinarian immediately to check Posh over and to determine a course of treatment, if Posh has Parvo supportive care is required to get the best prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a one year dog, she was fine the night before but over night her snout got swollen and one eye. She acts normal as well as plays eats and drinks like usual, but I am not sure why her snout is inflated and what should I do.

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Saint
Australian Cattle
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Itching
Swelling

My dog got sudden swelling in his eyes and his muzzle. He constantly rubbed his eyes against the carpet. I wiped his eyes down because I did not have a ride to the vet but he woke up this morning fine. I just want to know what could cause such sudden swelling?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden swelling like you are describing may be caused by allergies or reaction to chemicals or other irritants. If it recurs, you can pour water over the eyebrow and allow the water to pass over the eyes; also 1mg/lb of Benadryl may help too. Obviously if this becomes a common occurrence, visit your Veterinarian for allergy testing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dear sir,
Yesterday i get my dog to an park.there was a cluster water he start playing with that water. at that time i thought he was just playing . but later the next day morning i saw my dog face was just like ass bully. my dog was german shepherd . so sir please help me regard this . any home treatment or go to veterian is best option.

I have a 10.5 yr old heeler that started swelling 2 days ago. It has progressed and money is tight. Have Benadryl and ibuprofen. Not sure where to go from here except to pray.

Dear sir I have noticed a swollen lump close to the lungs of my dog throat for the past 4 days I live in a very bushy environment what should I do sir

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Bear
Labrador mix
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hives
Swollen ears
Swollen snout
Swollen eyes

My dog is a little under 7 months old. I came home from work and its just getting worse. His face is so swollen. He just keeps scratching and it goes away for a few minutes but just comes right back.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different possible causes including allergies, chemical irritants or immune disorders. You could try giving 0.5mg/lb of Benadryl to see if that improves the irritation, otherwise you would need to visit your Veterinarian to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nara
Patterdale Terrier
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Painful swelling on her face

My puppy has been playing in the garden most of the day with,two others. She seemed fine until later in the evening, her face is swollen and painful on the left hand side only

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The swelling may be caused by allergies (contact), insect bites, salivary gland issues among other causes; initially, it would be best to wash Nara’s face to remove any possible irritants or allergens and you may give her Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two to three times per day. If you see no improvement or the swelling gets worse, visit your Veterinarian; also if the swelling start to affect Nara’s breathing visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately if your Veterinarian is closed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

hey my puppy face is swollen and i dont know what it is from. i dont have a no ey to be to the vet. and would like same tips on why to do.

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Luna
Boxer/pit mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My 1 yr boxer/pit woke up this morning with swollen pockets around her eyes. I gave her two benadryl pills and the swelling went down. Almost 6 hours later, I noticed that the swelling has returned along with swollen pockets around her mouth. My daughter and I gave her 2 more benadryl pills just now.

There is no change in her diet and we checked the area where she sleeps and didn't see anything that could have bitten her. She's not in any pain just looks pitiful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for swelling around the face including allergies, chemical irritation, insect bites, changing of laundry detergent (and other products in the house), trauma, dental problems, salivary gland disorders among other causes; it may be worth thoroughly bathing Luna’s face and her body with a mild dog shampoo to remove any possible irritant on her skin and to continue to treat with Benadryl for a do or so, if there is no improvement or you haven’t found a source of irritation visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our dog was bitten by another dog. At first there is no swelling but after a day, we noticed that half of his face wherein the wound is located was swollen. It has been the third now and his face is complete swollen. He has a string of saliva flowing from his mouth, too. He doesn't eat. I have given him milk mixed with amoxicillin. What should we do?

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Theodore
Dachshund
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Painless
Bumps
swollen
Itching

My 10 month old dachshund started to gradual get little swollen bumbs around his face and the tip of his penis is swollen; he was maybe outside for 20 minutes and it's nighttime. He doesn't seem to be in pain but is itching. I put a cold rag on the bumps. What do you recommend or suggest?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Theodore is having an allergic reaction to something, in these cases it is useful to try to give Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two to three times per day to see if the bumps goes down. If the bumps do not disappear, you would need to visit your Veterinarian for a more in depth examination of the bumps and some other treatment. Contact allergies, bugs and food allergies may cause bumps on the skin (among other causes); it is important to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog get Swallowen near mouth and leg but the leg one busted and ahuge amount of blood came what to do now

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Licky
Maltese
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding on swell
Swelling on the left side of his face

Medication Used

Canisep

I came home to find my little maltese with a swell on the left side of his face.He showed no abnormality in his behavior and acted as per usual.However the next day after i came home i found that there was minor bleeding on the swell and hence tried to apply canisep on the bleeding to prevent infection to the wound.What are the common causes of such swelling and what should i do on top of bringing my dog to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling of the face may be caused by many different causes requiring different treatments; causes include: infections, dental disorders, salivary gland disorders, abscess, tumours, trauma, bleeding under the skin, allergies and other conditions. Where the swelling is bleeding, it is important to keep the area clean using something like dilute chlorhexidine and ensure that the area is free of debris. For confirmation of the underlying cause, a visit to your Veterinarian would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
Miniature Pinscher
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

At about 2:30, her face was a little bit swollen around the mouth. Now it has spread to her eyes, I don't know what to do. she wasn't outside for very long, and it was smoky outside, maybe that's what caused it? Please help, i'm concerned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Try to bathe Callie’s face and the rest of her body in case there is something causing a contact reaction, you could try to give Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two times per day but ideally given the rapid onset of swelling you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately as the swelling may start to occlude airways. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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King
Chihuahua
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth pain and swelling

I took my dog for a walk and noticed he started to swell on one side of his face I tried to touch him and he cried out in pain but as I was checking him I noticed the pain is coming from his mouth and I don't know i can give him to help treat his pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be that something is irritating his face; bathe him to clean anything off from his face (and the rest of his body) and rinse his mouth with clean lukewarm water. Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb may help to relieve the swelling; but if you notice it getting worse I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Checho
Chihuahua
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I came home and my dog was acting normal apart from wanting to be by himself in his bed. I went to my room( his bed is in my room) and I noticed he was under the bed. I managed to get him out and noticed swelling on his face. The swelling is right under his eyes and on his jaw. I did notice that on the corner of one of his eye was slightly red. He doesn't seem to be in pain, it's justt the swelling

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There may be some local irritation, rinse over the affected eye and area with some lukewarm water to rinse off anything that may be present and give some Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb twice per day to see if there is any improvement. There is also a chance that this may be caused by a tooth root abscess, so look inside the mouth for any anomalies (towards the back of the mouth below the affected area). If you see no improvement with the Benadryl within a day, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a two week old puppy and he has swelling around the throat area . I'm very scared his throat is closing . I don't know what to do or give him . We fed him some puppy furmula a couple days ago because his mother won't feed them . None of the other puppies had any issue just him . Please help !

What are the home remedies for my 3 month old puppy swelling face case of other dogs bite. Pls help me

Took my dog to vet they drew a jugular vein blood test now there swelling to the side face and no his eye is closed what do I do...

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Chubbs
Pittbull mix
2 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I have a two week old puppy and he has swelling around the throat area . I'm very scared his throat is closing . I don't know what to do or give him . We fed him some puppy furmula a couple days ago because his mother won't feed them . None of the other puppies had any issue just him . Please help !

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of swelling around the neck including allergic reactions, swollen lymph nodes, salivary gland disorders, juvenile cellulitis or insect bite. I would strongly urge you to visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible (since the swelling is affecting his breathing) to determine the underlying cause and to direct treatment as different causes have different treatments. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Django
Red heeler
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on right side

My django had thrown up few times today laying around she started whinning and she had gotten a lump on the right side of her head temple area she is running and running her head on everything what could it be shes a inside/outside dog

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Django may have been bitten by an insect or a snake which is causing the swelling and nausea; even if you cannot find any puncture wounds there may still be a bite somewhere. You should give some Benadryl at 1mg/lb and visit your Veterinarian for a general examination to control vomiting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kona
Lab mix
9 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen lips

I have a nine month old dog. When I let her in from outside I noticed that the sides of her mouth were very swollen. Is this an allergic reaction to something? Will Benadryl work?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that this is an allergic reaction, washing the mouth and around the face to remove any residue or debris is best; you may give Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb three times per day. If the swelling doesn’t go down or you notice that Kona has trouble breathing, visit your Veterinarian immediately; also, if you suspect that Kona may have been bitten by a snake, spider or anything else visit your Veterinarian for emergency care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beast
Chihuahua
9months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

I just got home and the place between my Chihuahua's eyes is swollen. No bite marks are visual and no one was home while thus happened. He will not let us touch it but is acting basically normal. Please help. I cannot afford after emergency care.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling between the eyes may be caused by trauma or a reaction to something like a bite; you can try to give Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb to see if that helps, otherwise keep an eye on it until morning. Without examining the swelling, I cannot really tell what it is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chico
Pomeranian
7 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

I got home from work, his nose and a little around his eye is swollen. More on the right side than the other. But I got home late at night and won't be able to see a vet until the morning. He's acting normal eating and drinking normally.. will he be okay until the morning?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chico may be alright until the morning but you need to keep an eye on him to ensure the swelling doesn’t get worse; bathe the side of his face which is affected (to remove anything on the hair or skin which may be causing irritation) and give some Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb which can be repeated two or three times per day. If the swelling increases or you suspect that Chico may have been bitten by something poisonous (snake or spider - bite marks not always visible) you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophia
Boxer
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Hi, my dog had an allergic reaction to a proheart injection yesterday. I took her to the vet and she got a steroid and Benadryl injection. They sent us home with prednisone. Her face is not swollen anymore, but her neck is very droopy. Should I be concerned?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not unusual for some changes after an allergic reaction, it is good that the swelling has gone down and now it is important to keep a close eye on her for the next few days; if you don’t see the droopy skin around the neck decrease over the next few days return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brie
Chihuahua
1 Year
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargic

This evening when I came home my dog was being very timid. She had a bath and won’t eat her food. I checked her all over to see what was wrong and nothing but when I was checking her mouth she squealed when I squeezed. I pressed lightly and nothing, but then I did it again a few hours later to see and same reaction. She won’t eat her food. She did have some sips of water. Her stool was normal no blood. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for pain around the mouth which may be caused by foreign objects, dental disorders, retained teeth or problems with the jaw itself among other issues; this would be something to speak with your Veterinarian about as the specific site of pain and the underlying cause needs to be determined. The mouth has many different anatomical features which may be possibly causing pain leading to a loss of appetite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gomer
Mastiff
10 Months
Moderate condition
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I came home to my two dogs: Edgar, a Australian Shepard mix, and Gomer, Mastiff/ Pitt mix. They both have extremely swollen faces. We live out in the middle of no where and allow our dogs to roam freely when we are not home, so I have no clue what they come into contact with when I am not around. I can't seem to find any bite or sting marks on either of them, Should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend bathing both of their faces in case there is something on their skin or hair and given them Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb (may be repeated up to three times per day). If the swelling is severe and they cannot see well, it is affecting their breathing or you suspect they may have been bitten by something (bites are not always visible) I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Monty
cross
19 Months
Mild condition
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My dog has swelling round his mouth, he is fine in himself, its itching but not bothering him too much. Diet hasn't changed, he is behaving normally apart from rubbing his face on anything to get rid of the itch.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Monty may have eaten or came into contact with something which has irritated his mouth, many plants and other things can cause this; it would be best to rinse his mouth out thoroughly with warm water and to bathe around the mouth and his paws. You can try to give Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb to see if there is any improvement which may be repeated up to three times in a day; if you notice no improvement or the irritation gets worse visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alfie
Whippet
10 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Diarrhea
Red skin,
Swollen patches around mouth
eyes look a bit 'spaced out'

3 days ago I took my dog to the vet after he threw up several times in a row, and I noticed his mouth and throat was also swollen. The vet believed it most likely to be an allergic reaction or bee sting, or something similar, and gave him a steroid injection which brought the swelling down by the evening and he hadn't thrown up for a full 2 days.
This morning however, we woke up to find he had pooed and vomited in the night (something which he doesn't normally do). He was also acting out of character on his walk and was almost obsessively eating grass the entire walk.
About an hour ago I looked over to him on his bed and could see even from a small distance that the skin around his mouth was very red. Upon closer inspection, there are small round sections that seem to be swollen with reddened skin (though no hair loss), with the worst places being right on the end of his muzzle.
I tried looking at his inner lip, and it doesn't appear to be hurting him as if it was a bite... could it be a tooth infection causing all this? He has had problems with tartar and does have a very brown looking fang at the front of his mouth.
Any advice would be really appreciated as I'm not sure whether I should be rushing him back to the vet or not.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like Alfie is having some allergic reaction to something which may have been put in check by the steroids but is now coming back as they wear off; if Alfie isn’t having trouble breathing you could just bathe his muzzle and check where he is going and smelling as he may be putting his nose in a ‘hornet’s nest’ (random example) and is allergic to it. You could try using Benadryl at 1mg/lb twice per day to see if the redness and swelling goes down but if it keeps returning it would be best to return to your Veterinarian, especially if there is any sign of breathing difficulty. Good oral hygiene is important for dogs just like in humans but your Veterinarian would have checked Alfie’s mouth during the initial physical examination and would have raised concerns if they suspected that the teeth were part of the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for the speedy reply and advice... strangely the redness disappeared not long after posting my first comment, though the lips are still swollen.
He doesn't seem to be having difficulty breathing at the moment so do you think he will be okay to take to the vet first thing in the morning? I'll do as suggested and wash his mouth in the meantime.
Thanks

My dog, Saint vomited a couple of times then I took her to the vet and she was given antibiotics and multivitamins (IM). She slept for a while and when she woke up was itching excessively. Now her face is swollen and she has refused to eat. Please help!!!

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bruno
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
7 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

swollen face

my dog has been bitten and his face is swollen,there is no puncture wounds what can i do to reduce the swelling.he eating and drinking but wanting to stay as close to me as he can

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us today about Bruno. I'm sorry that he had this happen to him! I'm not sure if you mean he was bitten by a bug, or bitten by an animal, but either way he should probably see your veterinarian if it is swollen. If he was bitten by an animal, he may need antibiotics, and if he was bitten by an insect and is having an allergic reaction, he may need an antihistamine injection. I hope he does well!

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WHITEY
Pit bull
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling in her face under her eye ear

What should i do my dogs face on her left side has been swelling off and on for about a month then yesterday my husband noticed her ear started swelling.
What should i do!!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the swelling which you are describing which may include insect bites, infections, allergies, salivary gland disorders among other causes. Ideally, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as treatment options vary depending on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Layla
Mutt
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

No appetite
Pain
Swelling

My dog has swelling all around one of her eyes and a bit around her mouth that has been getting worse as the days go by. At first she wouldn’t eat or drink anything, then suddenly she ate and drank but now she’s back to not eating and whenever she tries she whimpers and helps and won’t eat or drink. I’ve looked at where she is swollen and haven’t seen any signs of a puncture wound. What should I do?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some spider and other bites may not show a puncture wound but it doesn’t mean that they didn’t occur, you can try to give Layla Benadryl at 1mg/lb three times per day to see if that makes any improvement. Swelling may also be caused by salivary gland disorders, dental disorders and trauma; if you are not seeing any improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Layla
Mutt
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Pain
Swelling

My dog has swelling all around one of her eyes and a bit around her mouth that has been getting worse as the days go by. At first she wouldn’t eat or drink anything, then suddenly she ate and drank but now she’s back to not eating and whenever she tries she whimpers and helps and won’t eat or drink. I’ve looked at where she is swollen and haven’t seen any signs of a puncture wound. What should I do?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For a first time occurrence of cherry eye, your regular Veterinarian would be able to do the surgery; prolapsing of the gland may occur at any time and it may be a case that Bailey’s third eyelid is just showing and not prolapsed yet which is different, in that case a wait and see approach can be taken. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brown
English Cocker Spaniel
12 Years
Mild condition
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My mum massaged my dog's snout, he suddenly whined and ran away. there is now a swelling on his right snout. he is eating well and allows me to touch it but i do not dare to lift up his mouth to look at it. He has very bad breath and is pretty old. I'm afraid it could be due to a teeth decay or something.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Brown’s teeth are bad and causing some pain especially if he has bad breath; without looking at him I cannot say whether or not the teeth are the problem but if his breath is bad it would be worthwhile going to your Veterinarian for a cleaning and extraction of any bad teeth. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocsi
Pomeranian
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling
Lethargy
Gum Abcess

I noticed today that my Pomeranian’s muzzle is swollen on the left side only. She has had periodontal disease for a few years so I figured this was due to gum disease (she barely has teeth left). So, I looked at her gum and there is a small abscess. She is in a good mood, eating well, and drinking water. However, I have noticed her moping around a bit. What things should I look for which will indicate an emergency? It’s saturday and vet doesn’t open until Monday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Rocsi is otherwise in good spirits and is eating and drinking well, I would just keep a close eye on her over the weekend until you are able to visit your Veterinarian; it is important to keep an eye out for trouble eating, discharge, pain, fever and any other worrying symptom you may see. If you notice anything worrying, visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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doggy
Pittbull
7 Years
Serious condition
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my 7yr old pitbull swelled up overnight both sides of face and legs armpits belly paws. It seems very heavy because it is pulling the skin down, sagging. Extra thirsty, He was normal 2 days ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This level of swelling should be seen by your Veterinarian immediately as the swelling isn’t localised to one area and from your description sounds very severe. There are many different possible causes going on here from allergies, lymphatic disorders, inflammation among other causes; without examining Doggy I cannot give you an indication of a specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Estrella
Siberian Husky
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

swollen face

Came home from work and my female husky has her right eyebrow and forehead swollen, if you see her profile it looks like a triangle. She has been acting normal is not really scratching at it or anything. She has been eating and playing with our male husky but her forehead is still swollen. We have given her benadryl but the swelling has not gone down completely still there this morning. Please let me know if we should take her to the vet after all? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep an eye on Estrella for the time being to see if the swelling goes down or gets worse; you can give Benadryl at 1mg/lb up to three times per day but if the cause is due to trauma or irritation then it wouldn’t respond to Benadryl. I would give it another day if Estrella is not in any distress and visit your Veterinarian tomorrow if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rowdy
Lab/Pit mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
biting paws
Biting
Itching
Vomiting

I have a 1.5 year old lab/pit mix, he has started aggressively biting/chewing his paws last night and this morning, his eyes and muzzle are swollen. He's also vomited twice. He's an inside dog and is only taken out on a leash. He weighs about 70 lbs, so I gave him 1 benadryl this morning but he vomited it up. We haven't changed anything in our house, his food hasn't been changed recently (he's on Iams) and he's monitored pretty closely when he's taken out. We live in Georgia.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chewing of paws and swelling of the face is typical of an allergic reaction, at 70lb you can give 75mg of Benadryl to help with the swelling up to three times per day; but you should bathe Rowdy in case there is anything on him which is causing irritation. Also, you should review anything new in the home (new detergents etc…) and also consider that Rowdy may have walked through something on a walk. If the Benadryl doesn’t help or the swelling is causing an issue with breathing visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Millie
Mixed
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

swollen eyes, bumps on head

9 yo 30lb mixed breed, typically hearty and little reaction to adverse ingestions, appeared this afternoon with swollen eyes. Gave her Benadryl pill and placed warm washcloth on her eyes for a few mins. Seemed to improve in a few hours, then reemerged with bumps on her head. Doesn't appear to have gotten into anything in the house. Our other less resilient dog recently recovered from severe bout of bloody nausea and vomiting. Is there something in my yard that they're eating or did she get something completely unrelated? BTW her mood is still good, appears unfazed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There may be something in your garden which your dogs are eating which is causing them to have a reaction to something which may be a plant, tree, fallen fruit, something buried in the garden (once had a case where the dogs had found around 50 car batteries buried by a previous owner in the garden) among other causes; or as you said it may be unrelated. If Mille is in good spirits, I would give her a bath with a sensitive shampoo to be on the safe side and keep a close eye; but you you don’t notice any improvement in the next day you should visit your Veterinarian before the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maxx
German Shepherd
6 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Swollen mouth

In the mornings we usually take our pups outside to do their morning business. But, I noticed Maxx came in with the right inside of his lip swollen. He’s drinking, eating, and energetic as always, so I’m thinking he may have gotten into an area with bugs in the backyard or like the description may be caused by my pups play fighting and accidentally getting their mouths caught up causing the swelling. What do you think? And would Benadryl help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Puppies and in fact most dogs are inquisitive and will poke their nose into anything so it is possible that Maxx got bit or stung whilst doing his business in the morning; a dose of Benadryl at 1mg/lb two or three times per day may help if it is a reaction to a bite or sting. Also, roughhousing may cause injury to the lip which may also cause swelling; you should keep the lip clean especially after eating, look out for any scratches. If the swelling gets too big or there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Barne
Dalmatian
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bump on his cheek bone

Hi.. my 12 year old dalmatian has a lump under his eye, on his cheek bone... he fell over yesterday and hurt his leg, but he does this a lot and normally he's gone after a day of comfort, but the lump on his face is new! It's hard and feels like his cheek bone only larger.. is this dental? Trauma? He can still eat, doesn't run cause his leg, but play fighting etc all the same he pants a lot tho...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The appearance of this lump may be due to various factors which include dental issues, nasal disorders, hard soft tissue swelling among other causes; if the lump isn’t causing any trouble keep an eye on it for the time being, however the panting is concerning as it may indicate pain (although it may be related to the leg injury). Best case would be to have your Veterinarian check it out before the festive season so you can avoid any possible out of hours charges. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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geourges
Mut
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

foaming at mouth
rash on under belly
sweling eye and muzzle

my dog is a mut i don't know what he is found him on the street and seems to be a little bit of everything. he recently had the vaccinations done ps da2ppvl/b with rabies vac,#17-2405 ,ee da2ppv/lepto/bordetella, and dw da2p/pv .this was done in the after noon(1). later in the evening (7)he now has a swollen eye ,muzzle and a rash developing on his under belly. with the time and the vacc.done could do this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Yes, it does sound like he is having a reaction to the vaccine, though I can't examine him. These reactions aren't common, but they do occur. He needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately to stop the reaction. If your veterinarian isn't open, they will have an after hours contact number. He may need to be given an anti-histamine prior to his vaccinations in the future to prevent this from occurring.

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codiac
Pit bull
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

so my dog started with a swollen on the
right side of his face a couple of days ago and it has been getting worse i notice it has moved down to the throat. he has stopped eating and will brake for hours at a time. When we feel the area he does not seem to be in pain but the area is hard like a rock, its about the size of a baseball

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Codiac I cannot say specifically what the cause of the swelling is; bites and stings, puncture wounds, salivary gland disorders, dental disorders among other causes may be the cause of the swelling. At this point, I would recommend you give Codiac Benadryl at 1mg/lb two or three times per day to see if the swelling decreases; if there is no improvement I would suggest you visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeke
German Shepherd
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

My fur baby had an accident going up the stairs. We noticed this morning that under his left eye and slightly over the bridge of his nose is swollen. He’s eating well and also walking around normally. He’s also sleeping a lot but that comes with him just being a puppy I suppose. Should i give it a few days to see if the swelling reduces??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Zeke is having these problems. While I can't examine him or comment on whether he is okay, if you are worried, it is probably best to have him seen to make sure that he has not sustained damage to his nasal passages. It is always better to have an appointment that goes well with nothing to worry about, then waiting until it is too late to do anything about an injury that could have been treated. I hope that he does well.

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Bayley
Chihuahua
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen face, sore eye

My 10 year old chihuahua has a swollen face right side i have tried to wash the area to cool,it down but he cries the vet is closed till morning will he be ok till then

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing the cause of the swelling, I'm not sure if it will be okay until the morning. If Bayley is pawing at his face, isn't eating, or is having trouble breathing, he should probably be seen today at your nearest emergency clinic. If he seems comfortable when you don't touch the area, is eating, and seems normal otherwise, you may be able to wait until the morning. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Valentina
Dutch Shepherd
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Normal

My dog has a swollen area on the right side of her face just below her eye, but she's acting completely normal. She's only one year and a half old. Can this go away by itself overtime?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without examining Valentina, I can't comment on whether the swollen are will resolve, but common reasons for that sign can include an insect bite, an infection, or a tooth root abscess. Each of those thing needs different treatment, and would be best to be seen by your veterinarian to get to the bottom of the problem and treat the swelling. I hope that she does well.

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rocky
Cross breed
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

my dog chew bone food,after face become swollen.After that he didn't close his mouth.sometimes he growling,saliva spill out from his mouth.Now swollen face became less,but he didn.t closing his mouth.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should check inside Rocky’s mouth to look for signs of any injury or fragment which may be causing a reaction; also rinse out the mouth thoroughly to be on the safe side. In case of an allergic reaction, Benadryl may be given at 1mg/lb up to three times per day; however if there is no improvement or breathing is affected visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
chi-wienie jack russell
22 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

I have a little 21 pound chi-wienie jack russell. She broke out all over her belly and arms and I gave her a benedryl and it went away but she still has red eyes, red muzzle, red chin and a bump on each side of her mouth as well as red on her toes. She may have allergies but her tummy is better but her eyes, muzzle, chin and toes are still red. What else do I need to do ? She plays and eats and is loving but is itching/scratching alot.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Sometimes Benadryl isn't strong enough to treat an allergic reaction, and she may need further therapy to resolve the signs. It would be best to take her to your veterinarian as soon as possible and have her evaluated and treated so that she is comfortable and the scratching doesn't cause an infection. I hope that she does well.

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Georgie
Hound lab pitbull mix
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My dog went to the dog park (was completely fine before) when we came home. I noticed that he had a swollen eye. I checked his eye. He can open it, and there’s no puss, blood etc. should I bring him to the vet?! I’m sleeping on it to see if maybe he was just scratched? He’s not showing any signs of it hurting. No whining, I can touch it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian. Possible causes might be trauma to his eye, or his cornea, a foreign body under his eyelids, or a bacterial or allergic reaction. Because he only has two eyes, it is always good to pay attention to any problems with them, quickly. If he is squinting, it is probably painful. Without seeing him, I'm not sure of the severity, but it would be best to have his eyes looked at, just in case. I hope that everything goes well for Georgie.

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Max
English Springer Spaniel
16 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen

My dog area around his left eye is swollen as the left side of his muzzle area swollen. This appeared after his night time walk. At first he seemed very restless he has now settled hopefully for the night.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling of the face may occur for various reasons, it is important to rinse the side of his face if the swelling is irritating him too much; contact allergies and small foreign bodies in the eye may cause irritation and swelling. Giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two to three times per day may help too. If there is no improvement or the swelling is too much, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kuma
Shiba Inu
7 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I woke up and took my 7 month old dog out of his kennel and noticed his face was swollen on his cheeks and eyes I didn't see at bites on him and he is acting normal so I gave him 1benadryl

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swollen face may be caused by a few different causes including allergies, insect bites (puncture wounds are not always visible) and among other causes; if Kuma is having trouble breathing it would be best to visit your Veterinarian immediately, otherwise wash the face with lukewarm water to remove anything that may be there. You may give Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two or three times per day; if you see no improvement over the next day or Kuma seems uncomfortable or in pain, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nelly
Chihuahua
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Nelly is my 4 lb, 9 yr old chihuahua. Tonight I noticed that her face looked a little swollen. I immediately picked her up to look for any evidence of a spider bit. I couldn't find anything except that the right lymph node under her jaw was fairly swollen. This was at 10:30pm. I immediately gave her a dose of liquid benadryl but am very concerned, especially since it's so late at night. Right now she's breathing ok, and doesn't appear to be in any pain which is good. I'm not sure I have the finances available to be able to afford to take her to a emergency hospital tonight. Is it safe to keep watching her and wait to take her to a vet in the morning? How long would it take to know if she was having a life-threatening reaction to something? Thank you for any help and advice you can give me!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for swelling in the area of the lymph node(s) under the jaw or other surround structures including allergies, infection, cancer, salivary gland disorders (if the issue is a salivary gland and not a lymph node) among other causes. If Nelly has no other symptoms and the swelling isn’t affecting her breathing, just keep a close eye on her and see if the Benadryl helped; if you see more swelling, breathing difficulties or any other worrying symptom visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my dog is the same breed same she wants treats breaths well but licks her chops put some peroxide on the side that was swollen a little dried blood was on the towel gave her half a pill of benadryl i know i have another female that might have got in a fight with its swollen on bottom left side too i dont know i touched it didnt hurt her iam trying

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Lily
Dachshund
Four Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Hi my dog Lily is a four year old wiener dog. All of a sudden her neck and face swelled up. We got back today and found her like this. It would help if you could get back to me asap!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for swelling around the face and neck which may include allergies, insect bites, salivary gland disorders, fluid among other causes. Without an examination I cannot say what the cause is and treatment would be dependent on the underlying cause; you could try Benadryl at 1mg/lb up to three time per day in case of allergies but you should ideally visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Blue Heeler
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen upper jaw swollen eyes
Swollen upper jaw

I’ve just come home from being away from my dog for about 6 hrs. My husband said he was like this when he got home at 5pm or 6pm. I left at 4pm. My blue heeler has a swollen face, his eyes are puffy & his entire upper jaw of swollen. He keeps rubbing it with his paw. I think it might be an insect bite, or pesticide perhaps. What should we give him? I feel like it’s an antihistamine type prescription if it were a human. I was bitten a spider on holiday which was extremely painful and I still get pain. He is very uncomfortable but not critical

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Oliver should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible. It seems that he is having a reaction to something, and we often give injectable antihistamines with or without steroids for reactions like that. If he is having an allergic reaction, there is the potential for respiratory problems to develop, so it would be best to have him seen at your nearest veterinary clinic and have him treated. I hope that he is okay.

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Chloe
Labradoodle
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen eye and mouth

Labradoodle approx. 40 lbs. Got into trash outside today and found her eating old chicken that had ants on it. Now approx. 2 hrs later has L eye swollen, around mouth also swollen. No other symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would seem that Chloe may have had some trauma or insect bites from her adventures. She should probably be seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay, and see what is happening with her eye and mouth. They'll be able to look at her and give her any treatment that she may need. It would be a good idea to monitor her for GI upset over the next few days as well.

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Dapple
Dachshund
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling above back teeth on muzzle

I have a weinie dog. She ate her food, same as always, but the left side of her snout (right above mouth, back under eye) randomly swell up. I not sure what the problem is. Nothing has been different. She is breathing fine, playing, and wagging her tail. Should I keep an eye on her until tomorrow or should she be fine?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Dapple isn’t in any distress, pain and can breathe normally I would keep an eye on her until your Veterinarian opens; sudden swellings like this may be due to allergies or bug bites. Keep a close eye on Dapple especially looking for any issues with breathing, if you are concerned or Dapple has trouble breathing you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Chihuahua
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face pain when touched
swollen face

Hi Max is a small teacup Chihuahua, about 13 years old. He has bad teeth and refuses to let anyone touch him. good appetite but today is mouth by the jaw is swollen up to his little eye and now there's puss coming out of the eye. what do you supposed would be helpful for him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Max needs to see a veterinarian. Dogs can get severe dental disease to the point where it can eat through the bones of their jaws. If he is having dental problems, it needs to be taken care of, as it is most likely very painful. I hope that things go well for him.

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Savannah
Cocker spaniel
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

All of a sudden I see that my dog is rubbing her face on the floor, and I then see that theft side of her face only around her mouth on the outside is swollen, I don't know what could have caused it, but it had me worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for swelling around the mouth and itching which may include insect bites, snake bites, allergies, chemical irritants, trauma among other causes; try washing the face thoroughly with mild soap to remove anything that may be on the skin and you can try giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two times per days to see if there is any improvement. If you live in an area where there are biting spiders or snakes it may be best to visit a Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian as puncture wounds may not always be visible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dexter
Beagle chiuawa pomeranian shitzu
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling in face and eyes

My puppy acting completely normal all night. Then we go to bed and wake up to him scratching his face and his face swallow. But still acting himself playing and eating. Should I be concearned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a swollen face which may include bug bites, trauma, allergies among other causes; you can try to bathe the swollen area with an antiseptic and give Benadryl at 1mg/lb to see if the swelling goes down. If there is no improvement or the swelling gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian, especially if breathing is affected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 8yr old boxer has some swelling around her nose, it is a bit red and she has been sneezing a lot. When she breathes she wheezes a litle. Should I give her benadryl and could it be somthing serious?? Please help.

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Cullen
Sharp Eagle
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen spot on face

My 10 year old male dog has a swollen spot on the left side of his face (under eye, eye is not swollen shut). He doesn’t seem to be in pain and doesn’t get frustrated when I gently touch/examine. He is eating and drinking fine and does not act out of nature (not lathargic, is wagging tail, and is interacting as normal). He doesn’t do well in car rides so I try to avoid a trip to the vet if necessary. Advice? 25mg benedryl?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Cullen, I can't make any recommendations on medications. He may be having a reaction to something, or he may have a tooth root abcess or a tumor. It would be best to have him seen, as uncomfortable as that may be, as your veterinarian will be able to see him, determine what might be going on, and give him any necesary treatment. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Sarg
Daschaund
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, lathargic, swollen muzzle

My dog woke up vomiting his food up at night. Vomited a once in the moring. Seemed lethargic then he snout/muzzle had to swmuzzle bumps. No new foods just around a lot of plants and puppy who tried to play with him.

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Owen
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

swollen eyelid

Medication Used

benadryl

My dogs eyelids (both) are pretty swollen but not completely shut yet and he has a runny nose. I have him 1 Benadryl not too long ago but was wondering if I should take him to a vet right away or not ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Face swelling may be caused by allergies, many times bathing the area (to remove any residue) and giving Benadryl at 1mg/lb up to three times per day may help; however if there is no improvement or Owen is in distress you should visit a Veterinarian. Other causes for swelling may include infections, trauma among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mr Bojangles
Saint Bernard
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling, draining abscess

A couple days ago I noticed some swelling and odorous puss on the left side of my 7 month old Saint Bernard puppy’s face. I can’t find an actual puncture but it is definitely draining. I’ve been cleaning regularily and though he has NO other symptoms (fever, loss of appetite, airway obstruction, pain, etc) it doesn’t seem to be getting better. He’s acting completely normal (he’s a crazy, rambunctious, big piggy that eats everything including furniture) I’m Just wondering what else I should do. Thanks for your help with this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Whatever the cause of the drainage that you are noticing, Mr. Bojangles probably needs to see a veterinarian and have that area looked at to determine what is happening and what treatments may be necessary. Skin infections can be quite nasty, and often need antibiotics to help resolve them. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Molly
Boxer
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

none

My 5 year old boxers left eye is swollen and I just noticed the outer top part of her right ear is swollen and a small portion of her left ear is swollen. I gave her children’s Benadryl but no improvement as of now. She had a non-cancerous growth removed from top of her paw 3 days ago and was bandaged up with gauze and medical tape. I’m not sure if her licking at bandage and rubbing face may have caused an allergic reaction? I can’t tell if her jowls are swollen but her tongue seems to fine. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Molly, I can't say for sure if she is having a reaction, but rubbing her face with the bandage probably wouldn't cause that sort of reaction. It would probably be a good idea to have her seen by your veterinarian to make sure that there isn't anything more serious going on since the Benadryl did not improve her situation. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Miu
Chihuahua
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

red eyes
Facial swelling
high temperature
Heart problems
Dental problems

My dog showed symptoms of swollen muzzle on the right side of his face just today, but his eyes had been inflamed (a slight red/yellow color) since 2 days ago. He has dental problems and only two teeth left. The swallowing is just above one of his teeth. He is also diagnosed with heart problems. His body temperature is higher than usual. I am noticing the swallowing is going down his neck and a little stiff gland is showing up. I live in a city filled with poor veterinarians so I can’t get any help. It is also 00:30 and we don’t have an emergency room. Any home treatments we can try? Thank you in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Miu it is difficult to give any specific advice, the swelling may be due to the ongoing dental issues but I cannot tell specific what is causing the swelling (inflammation, infection etc…). However, it is around 12 hours since you asked your question so it is now the middle of the day; you should visit a Veterinarian in your area regardless of your feelings towards them as they will be able to do more since I cannot examine Miu. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Claudio
Chihuahua
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

chewing differently
Facial swelling
bad breath

What can I give my dog to help reduce swelling from what I think is a dental issue. I haven't been able to take him in anywhere yet buts hi mouth is swollen & i was wondering if there was anything i can do for him at home till i get him an appointment

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Claudio is having dental issues and facial swelling, he needs veterinary attention as soon as possible. There aren't any home remedies for tooth problems, sometimes they just need to be seen and taken care of, similarly to people. A veterinarian will be able to assess his mouth and face, determine if the swelling is due to a dental problem, and get him appropriate therapy. I hope that he is okay.

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Hurrican
Cocker spaniel and Chihuahua
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye is swallon

What could be the cause of a swallon eye. I do live in a desert place and he is still a puppy. Was wondering what could it be . And some home remideis i could do to make the swalloness go down

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Swollen eyes can be caused by a number of things, including an allergic reaction, a bacterial infection, a foreign body, glaucoma, or a corneal ulcer. Some things that happen with eyes are quite serious and need medical treatment. There are not any home remedies that I can recommend without seeing Hurricane, and it would be best to have him examined as soon as possible.

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PJ
Pom mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Right side of nose swollen

I noticed today that my dog's nose is swollen on one side. Could it be a bee sting? What should I do for it? And he's not that hungry. I don't know if he got bit by a bee or red ant or maybe a mosquito. He looks miserable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for a swollen face in dogs which may be due to trauma, insect bites/stings, dental issues, nasal tumours, allergies among other causes; you should bathe the area of the nose to remove any possible irritants etc… and give PJ some Benadryl at 1mg/lb two to three times per day, if there is no improvement or breathing gets affected visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello? could this be a spider bite or a bee bite? Sting,

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Mack
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Quiet
Subdued
Wobbly
Swollen snout

Medication Used

antibiotics

Our nine and a half week old pup was put on antibiotics today, he has a swollen snout, and is miserable. The vet made the first dose via needle, should this help him feel better quite quickly? Vet thinks its a dental issue. Is allowing him to sleep it off the best?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for a swollen face with dental issues being one of many possible causes; antibiotics are indicted in some cases (I cannot say if that is the case here without examining Mack), but you should start to see some improvement within a few days if this is the case. It would be best to let Mack relax since this would be uncomfortable for him and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jade
German Shepherd
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen under eye, down nto jaw

Just got a german shepherd female approx 18 mo.old per previous owner they said they only had her 3 months themselves, was on diamond naturals dogfood, we use victor super premium dog food and switch ed her as well, we have had her for 4 days 2 days after we get her home i notice her cheek under her left eye swelling a lil with fluid, we keep her and our older shepherd in air conditioned garage at night, gave her a benadryl before bed woke up this morning and its bigger and going sown toward her bottom jaw and lip, still eating running and playing, let me ad i believe this dog has been severly beat she is so nervous of everyone n dont want anyone to pet her, she shys away from them and it took me awhile to get her to trust me, but now shes up my butt with every move i make, and also her back right hip seems off, when she walks her foot goes in and her hip out is she too you g for hip displasia vet apt is wed and uts only mon

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for facial swelling which may include trauma, insect bites, injury from play fighting, swollen salivary glands among other causes; you should wait until you see your Veterinarian but if the swelling gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian earlier. A dog is never too young for hip dysplasia and some surgical methods only work on dogs when they are until ten months or less old. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
Red heeler
Two Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling and leaking fluid from eye

My puppy, about 11wks, was trying to play with our dog whom is much older (8 years old) and he snapped at her and bit her. He tore her eye lid in the corner and her face on the side where her eye is tore is swelling. She's running around and playing, eating and using the restroom normally. Only thing is the swelling and the fluid her eye is leaking. This all just happened within the last 5 or 6 hours. I've been up most of the night checking her and she is acting as if it never happened. Do I need to bring her to the vet asap or should I just treat the wound and swelling myself? Again,the corner of her eye is torn. Not the corner near her cornea. The other corner. Also I should add that there is no damage to her actual eye ball as far as I can tell. Just a small tear the the lid.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any injury to the head especially in a pup should be checked by your Veterinarian; however you should monitor the wounds and keep them clean since secondary infection is a concern especially in a pup as young as Ginger. It is possible that the wounds are just surface wounds and there is no underlying trauma but I cannot say for certain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pomeraniian
Pomeranian
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My 8 year old pomeranian's right side of his face is swollen under his eyes; I took him to the vet and they prescribed a antibiotic and pain medication because the vet thought it was an abscess from a cracked tooth but the swelling has not gotten better and it's been 10 days. What else could be causing this? What other treatments can I expect if I take him back to the vet? He is playing like norma and still eating normal but his face is swollen and now the swelling appears to be getting darker----black/blue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Facial swelling may be caused by a dental abscess, trauma, insect bite, allergies among other issues; however if a dental issue is suspected a dental x-ray should be taken to rule out abscesses and other issues to be on the safe side. Without examining him I cannot think of another specific cause for the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Maltese
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eyes, entire body is red

I have 3year old Maltese who is currently 5 weeks pregnant. I found her eyes are really small because it has been swollen up so much. I am very worried about her and her babies inside of her. Since it's her first pregnancy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since Sophie is pregnant, I don’t want to recommend any over the counter products as they haven’t been tested on dogs officially and I have no data on use in pregnant dogs; if the swelling is severe you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Without examining Sophie, I cannot determine whether the cause is related to pregnancy or an external factor (like allergies or another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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