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We were gone all day and came home to our shepherd mix dog

having a swollen left cheek...
We were gone all day and came home to our shepherd mix dog having a swollen left cheek. That's the only thing that's puffy. Her eye is fine, she's eating fine, drinking fine. Just not sure what it could be. She didn't have any swelling when we left this morning.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** she's about 10 years old.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Dog?
Customer: No, she's been perfectly healthy, normal checkups . . .
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Dr. Denise
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Acute (sudden) swelling of the face can occur for a few reasons. The most common are tooth root abscess, insect bite, or allergic reaction (though this is usually both sides of the face), .

Are you able to lift her lips and compare the teeth and gums on both sides of her mouth?

(Especially the big chewing teeth just under the swollen area of her cheek)

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She's not letting me and I don't want to accidentally push on the swelling. Wouldn't chewing bother that, though?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
OK, I got my husband to help me. It looks like her back tooth on that side is partially covered up with a swollen gum on that side. She's not acting like she's in pain, can I wait to get her to the vet until tomorrow?

Ok, it is possible that she has an infection to that tooth or a local allergic reaction causing swelling over that tooth on that side of her face.

It is surprising how many dogs will continue to eat and chew with a tooth infection.

Yes, this can wait until you can get her to the vet tomorrow. As long as the facial swelling does not process and her breathing is still normal.

In the event it is an allergic swelling, do you have Benadryl or another antihistamine at home? I can give you a dose for her to have this evening.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
We do have Benadryl on hand :)

Great! How much does she weigh?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Close to 55 pounds

At that weight, her dose would be 50mg (2 x 25mg tablets) of the Benadryl. You can repeat it every 8 hours.

If the swelling persists tomorrow morning, I recommend having her evaluated to rule in/out a tooth infection. If this is the case, she will need antibiotics and likely need the affected tooth extracted.

I wish you both all the best.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you so very much for your help. It is greatly appreciated. We will definitely be getting her to our vet tomorrow.
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