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I noticed the drooling last night and the swelling this morning. It did appear to come on suddenly. He did eat this morning and was licking himself this morning but now he just moves slow and lays down not wanting to be bothered. the area where the swelling is at the gums area is not pink and very tender to touch. i am unable to get to the teeth part for fear he might bite because he looks like it is very painful. No difficulty noticed with his breathing. Right now he is keeping his mouth shut so s hard to tell if he can move his tongue because he has stop doing anything, just wants to lay down and sleep
You can give a dose of non-prescription Benadryl until you could get him in to the vet clinic. The dose is 1-2 mg per pound that your dog weighs so a 20 lb dog would get between 20 to 40 mg. This can be repeated two times per day. The pill that is available over the counter is typically 25 mg. so you may need to go with the children's liquid form which is typically 12.5 mg/teaspoon (or 2.5 mg/cc). Make sure that there are no other "cold-type" medications in it like decongestants.
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