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MY SHITZUS RIGHT UNDER EYE IS RED AND SWOLLEN AND SMELLS,

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MY SHITZUS RIGHT UNDER EYE IS RED AND SWOLLEN AND SMELLS
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: RAMBO IS HIS NAME AND HE WAS BORN MARCH 23
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about name?
Customer: NO HE'S VERY HEALTHY
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 months ago.

Hello,

I am sorry to hear you are worried about Rambo. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

How long has this red swollen area been there? Is it painful for him?

If it smells bad, it is probably infected. The roots of the back molars extend to just below the eye, and we see a red raised area just below a dog's eye if a tooth is infected. Here is an article, with a drawing of where you see an infected area on the face if a dog has an infected tooth:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2089&aid=382

Was he born just this past March; is he a puppy? A tooth root infection is less likely, but it could be some other type of infection. The bad smell makes infection the most likely thing. You can apply Neosporin to the area, and cortisone ointment (Cortaid, Cortizone 10) to the area, but he may need to get antibiotics from your veterinarian.

Is he eating normally? Does he seem painful?