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Dogs left eye swelled not eye ball

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Dogs left eye swelled not eye ball
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


You are referring to around the eye. When did it start? Did it occur very quickly or has this progressed over several days or weeks?

Is Rudy trying to itch the eye?

Did anything else happen? Vomit, breathing heavy, loss of appetite, any rashes on the skin?

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Like I said woke up it was like that nothing prior don't know any reason for it he's not itching it can I sent u picture
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


Hold on just a moment.

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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Yes, you can send a picture. There is a paperclip icon in the text box near where you type. If not, here are some other directions:

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

I will still review your photo, but want to get an answer to you:

An acute onset of swelling suggests to me a suspect insect bite/sting reaction.

I cannot rule-out any other type of trauma, but allergic reactions would be quite common.

Therefore, it would be advised to give some immediate benadryl antihistamine.

If anywhere around 50 to 60 pounds, I would give 2 tablets o benadryl.

If over 75 pounds, you could actually give 3 tablets of 25mg benadryl.

But, that is not enough. With swelling, a ER vet visit is very important because they can administer a steroid shot that will make quick work out of the swelling that is present. The steroids are very important. I would caution against giving benadryl only and taking a wait and see approach. You will also want the eye to be carefully evaluated to ensure it is okay.

Hope that info helps

Dr. Andy