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His right eye was swollen this morning. He was acting

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His right eye was swollen this morning. He was acting strange and didn't eat his treats last night. I just got home from work now both eyes are swollen. I'm worried sick and can't afford a vet bill. I just gave him a 75 mg rimadyl. What can I do? Can he have benadryl??
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: He's a big dog. Is over 100# ***** has been healthy. He's 19 months old
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
My dog's name is Bronson
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

I can give you some basic guidelines for this evening but if this persists please consider a veterinary exam. Especially if you are able to view the cornea and it is hazy/ blue or the eye seems swollen.

- Saline flush for contact lenses every 8-12 hours to flush the eye. Not solution but flush

- No rubbing! If there is no corneal ulceration this can create one but if there is one it can definitely exacerbate the tear and increase risk to the eye

- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound to help relieve the itch and allow your pet to rest more comfortably (that would be FOUR adult benadryl if he is 100 pounds) every 8 hours to reduce swelling (up to every 6 if it helps)

- A moist towel in the freezer for 30 minutes then applied can help numb and provide relief on an as needed basis

If flushing has not improved the eye then I would advise a veterinary exam to ensure there is not a corneal ulcer that requires medical therapy or another condition that is causing the eye to close due to pain. I suspect with both eyes involved there is an allergic reaction to something and hopefully this will provide relief

Please let me know how else I can assist you both today.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, how are Bronson's eyes? I would love an update when you are able...

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

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