My Dog Has a Swollen Face
Unless your dog's facial swelling occurs in a gradual, perfectly symmetrical fashion, the swelling should be obvious. The reasons for a dog's face to swell up are varied, but they're not difficult to decipher with the proper guidance.
What to Look For
To properly examine your dog's face, choose a comfortable area with good lighting. Start with your dog standing so that no wrinkles or skin folds prevent an accurate assessment of her facial swelling. Look your dog straight in the face, comparing your current evaluation with your memory of what is normal for her. Move your dog's head side to side and up and down to get an accurate look at all aspects of her head, including the eyes, chin, muzzle, jaw line, and the base of her ears.
Apply gentle pressure to the areas that appear swollen, checking for signs of injury, tenderness, and heat. Finally, follow the directions in “My Dog Is Drooling Excessively” to properly examine your dog's mouth.
What to Do
Ask yourself these questions:
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.
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