Hi Erin, I'm Dr. Deb. I will do my best to assist you today. I'm sorry for this concern about Nina.The dose of Benadryl is exactly what I would have suggested, especially if there's a localized swelling on her face. This could be a reaction to a spider bite or an insect sting. If that's the case, then you should see some reduction in the swelling over the next several hours. You could repeat the dose if necessary in 12 hours.Some dogs will require steroids before improvement is seen but you're not going to know whether or not she needs them until the benadryl has had time to work in her system.Another option might be an infected tooth although this is somewhat uncommon in a dog this age. And, a bite wound or abscess is also possible but I would expect you to see some evidence of this if this were the problem.Applying a warm compress to the area may help but it's not essential, especially if this is an anaphylactic reaction that she's experiencing.I hope this helps. Deb
Thank you. You referred to the swelling as "localized"... but it is her entire face. Does that make a difference? It's not just one small area... it's literally her entire face.
Erin: I mistyped when I wrote localized swelling for anaphylaxis...it should have been "generalized" swelling. Sorry about that:(Yes, this is more likely to be secondary to an insect sting or spider bite if her whole face is swollen. Abscesses or infected teeth cause a more localized swelling.
Puppy stranges can cause the whole face to be swollen but she's a little old for this problem. (LINK).Sorry about the confusion. Deb
Thank you for the rating; it's greatly appreciated. I hope you'll keep me posted about Nina.
Even though you've rated, we can still continue to communicate at no additional charge to you. I can also send you a follow up email tomorrow to which you can respond when you have the time to do so. Regards, Deb
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