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My dog jowels and neck have swollen. The swelling seems to

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My dog jowels and neck have swollen. The swelling seems to be perfectly symmetrical on both sides of her face. She is slobbering bad
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Hello,

This is Dr. KV. I'm here to help with Precious. It sounds like she may be having an allergic reaction.
Has she been around any bees, or eaten anything new today?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Not that we know of however we live in the country so it's very possible
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Is she breathing normally?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
She seems to be breathing fine
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Ok, that is good. Most allergic reactions can cause facial and jowel swelling, but some severe allergic reactions can also cause airway constriction. Do her gums look pink?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
She is very lathargic
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
They seem normal but black and pink
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Thank you for the pictures...they are very helpful. Her jowels and muzzle are quite swollen! In general, with allergic reactions, benedryl is given. Are you close to an emergency clinic? I recommend taking her to an emergency vet tonight if that is possible.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I gave her some Benadryl about 15 minutes ago
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I'm sure we can find an emergency vet clinic if we need to
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Great! That will help. If the swelling seems to increase, some dogs also need a steroid shot.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

She looks like a very sweet old girl.

Do you have rattlesnakes in your area?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
we have rattle snakes here however I don't see a bite mark anywhere
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

OK, good. (Those bites are very painful, so that would be unlikely to cause this swelling without bite wounds).

I recommend checking her gum color frequently tonight. If she continues to be very lethargic, or if the swelling is not resolving, it would be great peace of mind to have her checked by your local ER vet.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

If it simply is a mild bee sting reaction, the benedryl should be sufficient to reduce swelling.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
What am I looking for in gum color?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Also how long do we wait to see if the Benadryl is working? How much Benadryl should i give her. She's about 60#
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Good question. Her gums should be a nice pink color. We don't want to see pale gums or grey gums.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Benedryl is usually dosed at 1 mg per pound in dogs.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Benedryl can take about an hour to kick in after oral administration.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok how long should until we should see a reduction in swelling goes down if Benadryl is working
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
One more thing her pupils are very dialated she seems to be moving out of the light
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

It could take anywhere from several hours to 24 hours for it to resolve completely. The fluid can redistribute and make the jowels look larger as the muzzle swelling goes down...you may see this tomorrow.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Hmmm....dilated pupils could be stress, fear, or disorientation from exposure to something toxic.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

I hope Precious starts feeling better soon. Please feel free to reach out if I can assist you further.

With appreciation,

Dr. KV

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Took him to emergency vet he thinks she was bit by a rattle snake
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

Oh, wow! I'm very glad you took her in!!

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 5 months ago.

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With appreciation,

Dr. KV

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