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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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When I woke up this morning I noticed my Golden Retrievers

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When I woke up this morning I noticed my Golden Retrievers eyes and ears are swollen. She is choosing to stay in her crate and not acting quite like herself. She was just at the vet last month for her yearly checkup and weighs 62.5 pounds, and 3 years and 9 months old.
I had planned on taking her to the vet tomorrow because my kids told me she has been having a difficult time standing up for the past 2 days. Could the 2 symptoms be related? Do you feel she needs to go to the emergency vet?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I don't believe the symptoms are related. Daisy Girl's swollen eyes and ears would suggest angioedema - an urticarial (hypersensitivity) reaction to an envenomation by flying insect or spider, vaccination, drug, food, parasiticide, environmental allergens, and even stressors. A "difficult time standing up" suggests both hip and back pain. Is she having a problem rising from a prone position? Is general weakness suspected? If she's eating and drinking and otherwise well an ER visit isn't necessary. An over the counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) dosed at 2 mg/lb (not to exceed 50 mg at any one dose) should be helpful for her swelling. Severe cases are addressed with a corticosteroid such as prednisone which will be more effective than the antihistamine.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
I had planned on a vet visit tomorrow for her hind leg weakness. I have her benadryl 30 minutes ago and she is already looking better.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

That's good to hear. Thank you for the good update. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Daisy Girl. How is everything going?
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