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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Her eyes are swollen and has a small patch of redness near

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Her eyes are swollen and has a small patch of redness near her mouth
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Jeannie 6
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Jeannie?
Customer: She's a rescue she was pregnant at that time she got spaded She's still full of energy
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok thank you!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

It sounds as if Jeannie is experiencing an urticarial reaction to being envenomated (at the patch of redness near her mouth) by flying insect or spider, or perhaps is reacting to a food, drug, parasiticide, or environmental allergen. I believe that she would benefit from the administration of an over the counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) at a dose of 1-2 mg/lb (maximum dose of 50 mg at any one dose) repeated in 8-12 hours if need be. If she becomes unacceptable uncomfortable, an on-call vet can administer a glucocorticosteroid such as prednisolone which will be even more effective than the antihistamine.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok thank you! I just switched her food this week and gave her some so called natural rawhide bones. Should I give her the Benadryl and see what happens before switching her food?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

You're quite welcome. I'd be surprised if those bones caused what you're seeing...particularly because there appears to be focal source of her reaction near her mouth. Go ahead and give her the Benadryl. It can't hurt and can only help. Please continue our conversation if you wish.