Thank you for your patience. There are a number of possible causes for Halia's swollen lip, and while an allergy to tomatoes is possible, this is much less likely. If only the lower lip is swollen, then this is less likely to be an allergic issue. Generally if there is to be a local allergic reaction to something, it will cause all of the tissues that come in to contact with it to swell. If Halia was indeed allergic tomatoes, then this would likely cause a more generalised swelling to her face, both lips and tongue. If only the lower lip is affected, this could be due to anything from an issue called an eosinophillic granuloma, to an area of local infection, to an issue in the mouth causing the lip to bulge, or even a more worrying issue like a tumor.
Given Halia's age, we do have to consider whether this swelling could be due to a tumor, abscess or oral issue. As these are potential causes for this swelling, it really would be best to have your local vet exam and assess the swelling when you can next get your girl seen. Here they can also take a small biopsy from the lip and more carefully examine inside the mouth with a little sedation as well. If this was indeed an eosinophillic granuloma, these are typically caused as a result of having concurrent fleas. Hopefully your girl is up to date with flea medication, but if not, please ensure you treat her when you next can. Be sure to use a reliable product like Advantage multi or Advocate.
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