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Good morning and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?1) Can you please attach a photograph of the eye itself? 2) When did this begin? 3) Is he rubbing this area? 4) Any history of allergies or other medical conditions?
Poor kid. That certainly is swollen.Most commonly during the summer months we see that periorbital swelling is due to an allergic reaction to something. That being said, the medial canthus and the conjunctival tissue is bright red so this could potentially be due to something else.Here are the steps I would take:1) Give 1-2mg/pound of body weight of benadryl orally every 8-12 hours until symptoms reside. If you do not see a marked improvement by the 8 hour mark, move on to step 2. 2) Have an examination performed to be sure that there is nothing that has injured the eye or is contained within the eye that could be causing the symptoms. Sometimes a small piece of dirt or debris can be caught under an eyelid and cause pretty significant swelling.The swelling itself should begin to reside within just a few hours of receiving benadryl. If this doesn't happen, the eye needs to be examined.If, at any time, he starts rubbing the eye, make sure to place an e-collar on him so that the eye is protected from further injury or irritation. If you don't have one at home, you can make one from this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFWPH17u0eUIf I can help further, please let me know.
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Once the swelling goes down, he should be more willing to allow you to handle it. Icing it alone is not going to fix whatever the underlying cause might have been (or might be), so its okay if that doesn't happen at this time. I'd start with the benadryl immediately so he gets some relief if this is an allergic reaction.
Checking in. How is Blue's eye today?
I'm glad that you guys opted to head to the ER. Please let me know if I can provide any additional support.