- The most common causes for facial swelling are dental issues and some sort of allergic reactions.
- With dental issues, there is usually an abscess of one of the tooth roots that causes a swelling
- With an allergic reaction, patients can react to either an insect sting/bite, recent vaccination, something they rubbed against, or even something they ate
What Does It Look Like?
- Swelling from dental issues is usually seen on one side of the face just below the eye.
- Allergic reactions are often seen on both sides and can range from mild to severe.
What Do You Do?
- OTC Benadryl can be give at 1mg/lb every 12 hours (adult benadryl is 25mg)
- Mild Reactions - cold compress if swelling is present
- Moderate/Severe Reactions - see your veterinarian
- If above treatments do not work and swelling is on one side, it would be worthwhile to have a vet perform a dental exam.
- Do not give Ibuprofen, Aleve, or Tylenol - these can be toxic to your pet!