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Our 4 month old German Shepherd (adopted 3 weeks ago) has…

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Our 4 month old German Shepherd (adopted 3 weeks ago) has sudden eye swelling and droppiness with panting. Considering benedryl? Could it be something more serious?

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Rocket

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His ear all of a sudden started dropping at around the same time ( probably unrelated) and he does constantly lick his paws so we thought maybe allergy- but under his eyes are severely dropping and red it’s concerning

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How much does your dog weigh, roughly.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you

Your pet's weight?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He is 30 lbs

Okay.

Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1mg per pound of body weight. Keep in mind, Benadryl tablets and liquids come in different sizes. So, an approximately 25 pound dog can get a full 25mg tablet or a half of a 50mg tablet. I usually avoid the liquid Benadryl in larger dogs (you would have to give too much of it). You can give Benadryl every 8-12 hours.

In this case, I would actually give a bit more. So, instead of going with a 25mg tablet, I would give 1 and 1/2 tablets of 25mg benaryl.

But!

Critical. With any visible swelling, you DO NOT want to give an antihistamine only. I would get to an ER vet now for a short acting steroid shot.

Hope that information helps

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you! Any signs we need to look for for an emergency?

Well, the dropping eye and visible swelling is already an emergency in my opinion.

Emergency:
If you observe any of the following, you'll want to get into a ER veterinarian for better supportive care:
- persistent vomiting or trying to vomit
- bad diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
- poor appetite that persists
- excessive panting to suggest nausea or pain
- bloated belly appearance or a tense belly

- progressive facial swelling and/or neck swelling. Especially, labored breathing.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I will provide feedback- we will go ahead and take him in to the vet for the steroid. Thanks so much,

Wise choice.

Good Luck!

Dr. Andy

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