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Facial Swelling in Dogs

Facial Swelling in Dogs

Facial swelling in dogs can happen suddenly. While there can be many factors that lead to facial swelling, it is most commonly caused by an allergic reaction. Today, our Blountville vets list causes, symptoms and treatment options for this condition.

Sudden Facial Swelling in Dogs

When a dog's face suddenly swells, it is typically the result of an allergic reaction. This response is intended to help keep your dog healthy, but this is not always the case. In addition to identifying the cause of the swelling, it is crucial to keep an eye out for symptoms and act quickly. 

What are allergies?

Allergies are the result of the immune system's response to foreign invaders. Typically, these are bacteria or viruses, but occasionally the body mistakes harmless substances for harmful ones. Even a simple insect bite can trigger this immune response in your furry friend. Despite the fact that intervention may always be necessary, allergic reactions are treatable, especially if treated promptly, as major allergic reactions are emergency situations. 

Causes and Symptoms of Facial Swelling in Dogs

There can be many causes of allergic reactions. These can include insect bites, foods, medications, vaccinations, toxins, and environmental allergens, as well as many others. Just as in people, sometimes these allergies can develop at any time in your dog's life. 

Depending on the severity of your dog's allergic reaction, he or she could experience anything from mild to life-threatening symptoms. If your dog develops symptoms unexpectedly, you will need to monitor the situation and act accordingly. Facial swelling, which may also affect the neck, is one of the most prominent symptoms. This could be most obvious on the eyelids and muzzle. The duration of these symptoms will always vary based on the severity of the allergic reaction. You may also experience the following symptoms:

  • Itching of the skin
  • Hives 
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny Eyes & Nose

If your dog is having a severe allergic reaction they could experience trouble breathing or even seizures. These are life-threatening reactions and require emergency medical attention

Other Causes of Facial Swelling

Despite the fact that an allergic reaction may be the most common cause of facial swelling in dogs, there are additional causes to consider. In addition to dental issues, trauma, and tumors, a variety of other complications may cause facial edema. To administer the appropriate treatment, it is essential to monitor the symptoms and obtain the correct diagnosis. 

Treatment for Facial Swelling in Dogs

The treatment for facial swelling in dogs varies based on the correct diagnosis of the underlying cause and the severity of the symptoms. The most common treatment might be lifestyle or dietary changes to remove the allergen or your veterinarian might prescribe an allergy medication to help relieve the symptoms. Always consult your veterinarian prior to administering any medications or treatments. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog experiencing facial swelling or symptoms of an allergic reaction? Contact us immediately at Airport Pet Emergency Clinic.

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