So, last night when he went to sleep everything appeared normal. This morning however Tommy kept saying look at his eye he is holding it funny. Not till I was fully awake did I notice that random patches from his nose to his white neck line are swollen, not bug bite swollen but wrestlers face swollen. It is sunday, so I can not do my usual paniced call to the vet. As usual...worried.

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Comment by Dez Hunter on July 28, 2009 at 1:32pm
Glad that your pup is okay!
Comment by Jane Christensen on July 26, 2009 at 11:37pm
I agree with the benadryl...and you can ask your vet for the amout for his weight...my Livvy bit a bee and that was the 1st thing I did was to give the benadryl...just incase and I had a pup that had a reaction to her shots after she left and I notified all my owners about this with the suggestion to let their vet know but to also purchase benadryl(I use generic...and make sure it has no extras) per my vets suggestion. It comes in handy as you never know what our little friends can get into!
Comment by Beth on July 26, 2009 at 8:18pm
So glad to hear you went to the emergency vet. Poor guy. I'm sure he'll be his old self in no time. It's amazing what they get themselves into.
Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on July 26, 2009 at 6:23pm
awww, glad to hear that he is on his way to healing. It sure is scary when something isnt right.
Comment by Carolyn on July 26, 2009 at 1:56pm
I took him to the emergency vet. They said he must have gotten into something on his walk last night and was having an allergic reaction. He had to have an IV of an anti histamine and an anti inflamitory. He is asleep next to me now. They said he is going to be super sleepy for the next day or two but he is going to be just fine. Thank goodness.
Comment by Lou Ann Lemaster on July 26, 2009 at 1:51pm
Do you have any Benedryl? You could give him one dose and see if the swelling starts to go down. I would worry about the swelling around the nose area and the Benedryl may help. I agree with Beth. It sounds as if he was nosing in something and got some ant bites or nettles stings.
Comment by Edward and Gemima on July 26, 2009 at 11:26am
Carolyn, if it is worrying you guys and you know something does not seem right take him to your local emergency vet, especially since it seems he's had some other problems. They will put you at ease if nothing else!!!
Comment by Beth on July 26, 2009 at 11:07am
Hmmm. Did you have him anywhere where he might have gotten into some vegetation? I don't know what kin of creepy crawlies or vegetation you have down there in your no-freeze zone, but could he have been poking around in some kind of nettles? Been bitten by fire ants? Poked his face into a ground-nesting bees' nest and gotten stung?

I worry about any swelling around the face, in human or animal, with the fear that if the face is swelling, air passages might be too. Is there a 24-hour emergency vet in your area? I'm not really familiar with what else besides bites or picking plants, or allergies, might cause swelling in the face area. Does he have any other symptoms? Weeping eyes? Rapid breathing? Does his nose feel hot? Most bites and stings are just a nuisance, but some are poisonous and require first aid.

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