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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?
Is she breathing normally?
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?
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.
Great! That will help. If the swelling seems to increase, some dogs also need a steroid shot.
She looks like a very sweet old girl.
Do you have rattlesnakes in your area?
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.
If it simply is a mild bee sting reaction, the benedryl should be sufficient to reduce swelling.
Good question. Her gums should be a nice pink color. We don't want to see pale gums or grey gums.
Benedryl is usually dosed at 1 mg per pound in dogs.
Benedryl can take about an hour to kick in after oral administration.
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.
Hmmm....dilated pupils could be stress, fear, or disorientation from exposure to something toxic.
I hope Precious starts feeling better soon. Please feel free to reach out if I can assist you further.
Oh, wow! I'm very glad you took her in!!
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