What Happens?

  • 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!