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Congrats on your new foster! Just to clarify is the eye itself swollen or bulging or is the eyelid swollen?If you have a regular vet then I would start by calling them (or a local veterinarian in the phone book) and often they will list what to do in case of an emergency on their voice mail.If this is not an option my recommendations are:- Saline flush for contact lenses to flush the eye- Artificial tears ointment available at your local pharmacy over the counter to keep the eye lubricated- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours to reduce swelling and itch (may sedate)- Limit rubbing as much as possible. - Cool compress to the area to reduce the itch and edemaIf the eye itself is bulging then this is a true emergency and I would do my best to find a veterinary er to ensure that the pressure of the eye is not elevated indicating glaucoma which requires topical medications and even iv medications to treat successfullyI hope this information is helpful but please let me know how else I can assist you both today!
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