So the other night we were watching TV when we hear Ashton let out a little yelp. He was under the coffee table and came scampering out and up on the couch. He had his Nylabone with him and I thought he might have bitten down on it in a funny way and hurt himself. I give him my usual once over and he seemed fine and wasn't upset so I let it go. A few minutes later I look down and see this:

Aargh! Swollen face! The only thing I can come up with is that he found a spider and as he "played" with it he got bit a few times. Top of his muzzle had a bump along with the corner of his mouth on the right side and under his chin were swollen. He looked like his muzzle belonged on a Bull Terrier! Oh poor puffy puppy!

No worries, after the initial fretful corgi mom shock wore off my vet tech side kicked in. I gave him a dose of Benedryl and his swelling came down in no time. :)

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Comment by Bev Levy on November 16, 2009 at 8:39pm
Poor thing! I am glad he is better. Hopefully he will be smarter than Sparty. Ever since Sparty was stung by a bee he tries to catch every bug he sees. So far in the past ten years he has been stung about five times.
Comment by Deanna on November 14, 2009 at 1:50pm
Oh, how cute -- Corgi freckles -- I can see them now!
Comment by Gail & Ashton on November 14, 2009 at 1:44pm
Oh! Those are his freckles. He's got a matching set on the other side too. They probably look a bit distorted since he has all that swelling. When his face is normal they just look like three little spots in a row. :D

Here's a pic where you can see his cute matching freckles!

Comment by Deanna on November 14, 2009 at 1:35pm
Oh, yeah -- I have a "mouser" here, too -- Topaz! They're great hunters, aren't they?
Comment by Deanna on November 14, 2009 at 1:34pm
Gail -- I'm sorry, I was just looking at those two red marks right by his snout in the white fur where the skin is really tender -- maybe I need a new set of glasses -- LOL!
Comment by Gail & Ashton on November 14, 2009 at 1:27pm
@everyone!: Thanks for the comments and get well wishes for my little boy. Hopefully he has learned that not everything in this world wants to play with him! LOL

@Deanna: No bite wounds, just a tiny red bump with all the swelling which is what leads me to believe that it is a spider versus something more... rodent. lol I've seen mice bites on snakes that were fed live mice and Ashton didn't have anything like that. Just the allergic swelling. As for mouse traps, I have two: Ana and Harrison. Two of the best mousers in the world! lol

@The Bravo's! and Michelle: I gave Ashton just one Benedryl which is 25mg, well below the max for his weight. This is the first time I've had to give him any and this low dose seemed to do the trick. I've had to do this for my other dogs in the past so I always make sure to have some on hand (for me as well. lol). I prefer the pills since I feel they are easier to give. You can hide it in some food (piece of bread, cheese or anything tasty that can have a pill shoved in it.) and the meds become a treat! And if your corgis are anything like mine, treats are a very good thing!
Comment by Deanna on November 14, 2009 at 1:04pm
Wow! those are pretty big spider marks -- to leave marks that big, it would have to be a "killer South American tarntula," which we don't have in the US -- (yet) -- I don't mean to alarm you, but have you thought about putting down some mice glue traps under the couch and in certain hiding places around your house? I had a mice problem over Labor Day weekend -- a bit early in the year for this part of the country, but they were coming inside because we had had so much cooler weather with a lot of rain in August -- and, yes, to get bit by their sharp, close-together, beady fangs would make your poor little Ashton let out a yelp!
Comment by Libby and Dyddy!! on November 14, 2009 at 11:52am
Poor little muffin head!!! How much Benedryl did you give him?
Comment by Michelle on November 14, 2009 at 10:46am
I have read a number of post re giving doggies benadryl....do you give them the childrens liquid, or tables in what dosage amounts?
Comment by Laura Jones on November 14, 2009 at 9:24am
KC had a similar incident last week. She cam in from outside and both sides of her mouth were puffy, we couldn't see any wounds or marks on her. By the next morning she was back to normal and hasn't had another issue.

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