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sherry

Omg! This looks like my dog yesterday! Her left eye blewup top of her nose & inside right lip the parts that was so swellon looked almost bloody bright red. I took her to a local er vet they muzzeled her she was not bhaving but they could not give her a correct exam due to muzzle & it all in face area they said they gave her injection of benedryl & something else sent me on my way with 4day supply of predizone & 50mg hydroxazlene they said for itching and a $200.bill (not that my dog isn't worth it) but now she is worse she is sick laying around,throwing up about 15x,urinating like crazy & eating grass like no tommorow!! I called this er vet place back they told me to bring her back but it would b more $$ I'm mad cuz they already couldn't handle her & examine her correctly idk if I should coontine to give her these pills if its making it worse. She also just had all her yrly vaccines exactly 2weeks ago I didn't feed her anything out of norm & we know she didn't get into anythingin or around house to cause this please any suggestions I would most greatly appreciate she is 4yrs old aprox 45lbs about 10lbs overweight she is mixed spayed we believe sheltie&amer eskm. Thank you

Doc

Hello, Sherry,

Sorry to be so late in replying, but I was out, due to having a medical procedure myself.

In a situation like this (hindsight being better than foresight), I probably would have sedated the dog for an exam, rather than trying to muzzle her. This is a difficult call. I have been bitten after a sedated dog grabbed me as I was approaching with a tongue depressor to try and lift her lip without touching her.

I hope she is better by this time (two days later). That type of sudden blow-up is usually an allergic reaction, or a severe infection. That type of facial swelling is not usually accompanied by vomiting. I can't think of a good explanation that ties it all together from the data you have given me.

Please let me know what has happened in the last two days.

Theresa

hey the same thing is happening to my dog right now....and it was 4 days ago she had vaccinations and she is currently taking prednisolone for other issues.....what did you end up doing?

Doc

Since she is already on a form of cortisone, I might add antihistamines, I might up the dose, but I would DEFINITELY call your veterinarian to report what is going on and get his/her advice. Your veterinarian knows your dog and is best equipped to advise you.

Mishelle

My dogs face swelled up, not as severely as this poor dog, but it's still pretty bad this morning. I was wondering if it could be something other then an insect bite. She didn't eat anything out of the norm, except a deviled egg that my dad made, although she's had them before. We gave her some benadryl and it seemed to have worked a little, but it's still pretty swollen. Could it be a tooth problem? I'm scared for her, she is about 13 years old, and she has tumors all over her body, but they're non-life threatening, just from aging. Could it be another?

Doc

Hello, Mishelle,

It could be a tooth. Another cause of facial swelling would be a swollen lymph node under the jaw. This could cause fluid to accumulate in the face.

The lymph node can be swollen due to an infection (including throat or teeth). Worse would a tumor in the lymph node itself.

If the swelling has not resolved in 24 hours, you need to take your dog to her veterinarian.

Good luck.

Todd jones

How soon would it happen? And would she itch? Our Daschund came in tonight and is swelling and itching. She had vaccines yesterday.

Doc

Hello, Todd,

With vaccine reactions, they usually occur within six to eight hours (generally sooner).

If it is over 24 hours since the vaccines, I would suspect another cause, possibly an insect sting.

Thanks for reading and writing.

Tony

My dog vomited 4 times last night. This morning he woke up with a swollen face. He hasn't been out of my sight for basically the last 4 days. We went to the beach over the weekend but that was 2 days ago and he was never outside my watch. He is a Chesapeake so what he did do was go chase a ball into the ocean like he always does. He will intake saltwater and have diarrhea for a day but nothing like this. I gave him benadryl 20 min ago. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Doc

Hello, Tony,

The benadryl is a good start. This does sound likely to be an allergic reaction.

It could also be due to swollen lymph nodes in the throat area causing poor circulation. If he is not responding pretty rapidly to the Benadryl, then I would take him to your veterinarian.

Even if it is only an allergic reaction, he might need some systemic form of cortisone as a more effective treatment than the antihistamine.

Good luck.

Beth S.

My Shar-Pei/Basset Hound mix had a very swollen face about 2 weeks ago. We took him to the ER vet and they diagnosed him with an allergic reaction (to what remains a mystery). He was given a Benedryl and steroid shot there and prescribed Benedryl pills for the next 2 days. Today he is having swelling again. This time it's mostly only in his eyes. He also vomited twice. We gave him some Benedryl and the swelling has mostly went away, however, he just vomited twice in the past hour. How concerned should I be? Does this require an immediate vet visit or might it pass?

Doc

Hello, Beth,

If the swelling responds rapidly to Benadryl, then an allergic reaction is the most likely diagnosis.

Finding out the cause is often difficult. You might start keeping a journal of the dog's activity (location, food intake, possible insect exposure, etc.) and see if you can determine a pattern.

There is a genetic disease of purebred Shar Peis that causes fever and kidney damage, usually with swelling in multiple areas. I have not heard of this in mixed breeds, but I suppose it could happen. This is a severe disease that shortens the life of the dog. I would not expect it to respond to Benadryl.

I think it would be worthwhile to visit your regular veterinarian for a checkup and discussion of the situation.

Thanks for reading and writing.


With an allergic reaction, we would be most concerned about swelling of the airways making the breathing difficult. That would be an emergency situation.

Dana

My dog threw up last night and this morning she got sick again. She isn't eating today or drinking. She has a swollen place above her eye on the left side and in that ear is real red. Under her mouth is real red too. Any idea what the cause may be. She is going to the vet today. I'm very concerned.

Dana

I forgot to tell you she is a mixed breed and only weighs about 5 lbs. Poor thing seems so sick right now.

Doc

Hello, Dana,

I hope the vet visit went well. This sounds like possibly some type of allergic reaction.

Definitely not something that I can help you with much "long distance".

Good luck.

Dana

We took Trixie to the vet. They think she got into something. They gave her a shot to stop the vomiting. They gave her two antibiotic pills and some pill that disolves in water to coat her stomach. She has a special canned bland food. She finally ate some today. She appears to be feeling some better although she still had a little swelling above her eye and and still red inside her one ear. She didn't want to eat her food with the antibiotics mixed in. It took a lot of coaxing and she ate at least half of it. Hoping tomorrow she will have more energy back now that she's eating and keeping it down.

Doc

Hello, Dana,

Sorry to be so late replying, been out of town and catching up.

I hope Trixie is all better now. Be sure to give your veterinarian plenty of feedback as to how things are going.

joyce

how much benadryl do i give my chi?

Doc

Hello, Joyce,

Thanks for reading and writing, but I cannot prescribe medicine doses for patients I have not seen. Not legal.

You need to call your regular veterinarian.

Janice Kubik

My 1 1/2 yr old Sheltie threw up last Sunday then refused to eat anything afterwards. As the day went on she became restless and experienced facial swelling. Took her to the ER Vet and had a shot of steroid and Benadryl then gave 25 mg Benadryl orally the next day. Dog was good all week but today , threw up again once but continued eating later but then became very restless again and was rubbing and scratching her face. Thought we saw some slight swelling beginning so back to the ER again. She received another steroid shot and we gave her a Benadryl tablet at home. She seems to have settled down a bit now and ate more food. Do you ever encounter allergic reactions that need to be retreated or a situation where the dog should have stayed on Benadryl longer than a day to clear it all out if the system? We are seeing our vet next week but I got to wondering if its possible for flare ups to occur. At this point we have not yet determined the exact cause. We thought it was pork after Sundays episode but she hasn't had any today. Thanks for reading.

Doc

Hello, Janice,

It is possible both for the allergic reaction to be persistent, and to have continuing or recurring exposure to the allergen. Sometimes it is difficult to determine which is the case.

Benadryl is virtually free of side-effects, other than drowsiness, so I wouldn't have any problems with using it as needed.

I would definitely try to keep some sort of journal for the next week or so. That way if there is a recurrence, you will have a record of the day's activities, and food intake. Maybe you can draw a connection between insect exposure, certain foods, trips to a certain park, etc.

Taylor

My poor labs nose swelled up and around his left eye, has little almond shaped swelling spots all over his body, he hasn't threw up or shown any lack in play or activeness, help!!!

Doc

Hello, Taylor,

This sounds like an allergic reaction, possibly to a bug-bite. These sometimes respond well to Benadryl, and usually resolve on their own.

If more severe or persistent problems are noted, you need to see your veterinarian.

Husky unhappy

For over a week now my dog has had facial swelling, right snout, left snout, right cheek, left neck, back to right snout. We have been to two vets, used Benadryl. Used prednisone still have the swelling. We have had our house sprayed for bugs twice last month. I need help!!! Feeling helpless what can I do?!?!?

Doc

Hello, Husky,

After a week of prednisone and benadryl, and no response, I would suspect a different reason for the swelling than an allergic reaction (though they can be persistent).

It's time to have your veterinarian re-evaluate this. I would be worried about a possible lymph node problem that isn't letting the normal fluid drainage from the face take place.

If your veterinarian doesn't hear from you, he thinks things are going well. Communicate.

danielle

My puppys eye swelled first then an hr later other eye swelled gave her benadryl. Eyes went away. Next morning her cheeks lips and chin was swollen. More benadryl. It calmed down a little. She threw up once. She is still playful. Also her vagina is swelled and keeps licking it she is 7 months

Doc

Hello, Danielle,

It sounds like your puppy is having repeated exposure to something she is allergic to. It could a plant in the yard, or insect bites.

It is okay to repeat the benadryl, but if this keeps up I would recommend that you see your veterinarian.

Seven months is pretty young for the first heat cycle, but it is possible that the swollen female parts are related to her first heat cycle.

Christy

I have a 10 mth old Black lab. I noticed after I let him try a clementine about a 1/2 hr later both his cheeks swelled up. I gave him 2 1/2 tsp of Benadryl( he weighs about 75 lbs). It has come down a little . How long should this reaction last? He isn't having any breathing problems but his eyes look a bit irritated but they are always red they just look droopy is the only way I can explain it. My vet is not open again till Wed. should I take him to the Vet ER?

Doc

Hello, Christy,

As long as there is no breathing problem, this is probably not urgent.

I don't know how long it will last. Very unusual to see that sort of reaction to food. Usually we see that more with an insect sting.

You can dose the Benadryl at about 1mg per pound. I'm guessing you're way under that with the liquid.

It's pretty safe, just makes you sleepy if you give too much.

If he shows signs of respiratory distress, then he definitely needs to go to the ER.

stephanie

i have a dachshund/bagel mix and she is aboout 9 months old she woke up this morning with a swollen lip the left side it doesent seem to bother her she is eating playing and sleeping like always but i am verry concerned about his i called a vet (mine was closed due to mothersday) and they told me benedryl would take care of it but its not it actually looks a little worse than it did this morning what do i do i dont have the money to take her to the vet at this moment please help

doc

Hello, Stephanie,

If it is due to an insect sting, it should resolve in a day, even without the benadryl (and the benadryl is pretty safe, though I wouldn't give enormous amounts).

Other possibilities include something like a foreign body (splinter), or an infected wound.

With an injury that has just occurred, we often use cold compresses (a cloth soaked in ice water - NOT ice on the skin). With persistent swelling, sometimes heat is better. I run a pan of water as warm as I can stand to keep my hand in it, and use a cloth to apply moist heat.

Since your dog acts like she is feeling okay, we can hope this is not serious.

There just isn't any way for us to really diagnose or prescribe treatment without actually seeing and touching your dog.

Caleb Qualls

last night our shar pei of one yr came I/ with the right side of the snout swollen ee put a cool compress on it n it went down slightly this morning it was still swollen barely noticeable my son came in after football n noticed the swelling moved to the opposite side what could this b from..also have a 7month old shar pei n she didnt show any signs like the yr old was thinking they're food but wouldnt both dogs show signs?

doc

Hello, Caleb,

If these are going down quickly, and the dog isn't in distress, my first thought would be insect bites.

If this continues, I would definitely seek the advice of your veterinarian to be sure nothing more serious is going on.

Diana Rei

My lab threw up twice this am then again around midnight. I then noticed around 3 am here face was swollen. My husband took her to the vet er. I haven't noticed anything unusually she could have gotten into but there was grass in her vomit.

doc

Hello, Diana,

I am sure that the ER veterinarian has checked for any serious diseases.

In cases like this, I usually give the dog a thorough check-out. If I don't find anything in particular, my best guess is that it's some kind of insect sting. They usually recover rapidly.

Rodney W Kirkendall

Dog sitting our sons 4 mo old lab, noticed her upper checks and eyes swollen, didn't notice any bite marks or wounds on gums or face. Gave her a benadryl - after about a hour later vomiting of grass then twice more liquid .watching her seems normal now swelling has gone done some - any ideas? No problems with breathing at this time.

doc

Hello, Rodney,

Sure sounds like an allergic reaction of some kind. Top of the list would be insect bites.

If not rapidly back to normal, you need to see your veterinarian.

Deejay

My dog was playing under the house today and has come inside with the left side of her face all swollen which now ha progressed to having a small dangling lump under her jaw as I didn't have Benadryl the vet told me to give her phenergan but it hasn't seemed to work at all

doc

Hello, Deejay,

A dangling lump is not typical of an allergic reaction, though I guess it could be one.

If this is not resolving quickly, then I would take her to the veterinarian. It is possible that there has been a spider bite, or a penetrating foreign object.

Courtney

My dog had a swollen eye with bumps on top of her nose, and around her nose seemed to be swollen. I gave her Benadryl and it helped her swelling. However, after about 6 hours the swelling came back and was worse. Her swelling had gone into her upper lips and the bumps around her nose continued. I gave her more Benadryl (this was about 7 hours after first dose) and the bumps have gone away but her lips are still quite swollen. I'm not sure if this is the cause, but we gave her a beef hide bone on Tuesday (2 days ago). She ate some then, but then had more last night. We didn't notice anything wrong before bed which was quite some time after eating the bone. It wasn't until this morning I noticed anything. Because the Benadryl isn't helping all of the swelling, should I be concerned? Our vet was full today, but I talked to the doctor and she said to continue with Benadryl for a few days. At that point I didn't know her second dose wasn't working well.

Doc

Hello, Courtney,

The Benadryl is only going to last a few hours, so even if it is the appropriate medicine, you may have to repeat it with a persistent allergic reaction.

If this is not resolving, then your instinct is correct: she does need to be examined by her doctor. You could have some type of skin infection, rather than just a temporary allergic reaction.

The beef hide bone would be an unusual source for this type of reaction. Insect stings are far more common in this situation.

If she is feeling well, then you should be okay to continue the Benadryl. Again, if it is not well in another day or so, you should see your veterinarian. If she gets worse, don't wait.

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