Some of you may have seen this on Facebook, but recently, Rita was happily hanging out on the deck outside, as she often likes to do...
...and we were inside eating breakfast and getting ready to start the week, when she came in and the hubs noticed she looked a "little funny." As we sat there, her right eye got more and more swollen.
|Major swelling all around her eye|
Within a few minutes, the left side of her face was also getting puffy. I was worried since her lip was swelling, and Dr. Google said a dog's throat can close up if they have a bad allergic reaction. I called the vet and they said to bring her in. I said I'd be there in 20 or 30 minutes, and the receptionist seemed concerned, but since we moved, we are now much further from our vet. So we had an anxious, long ride to the vet!
Here's Rita is at the vet, 25 minutes later, looking even puffier and looking VERY unhappy.
|Unhappy pup with puffy lips, cheek and eyebrow|
The vet looked for a bee stinger but couldn't find one. I'm pretty sure it was a spider bite. (I call mischief on that spider!) Rita's a drama queen, so I think if it was a bee sting, the whole neighborhood would have heard her scream!
They gave her a steroid shot and I had to leave her there for a couple of hours for observation, but luckily she was fine when I went to get her.
Now, I probably could have just waited longer after the Benadryl to see what happened but I decided to take her in for various reasons:
1. Better safe than sorry!
2. She'd never been stung/bitten before, so I didn't know how she'd react and wanted to err on the side of caution.
3. We recently had a scorpion in our house (!) and I discovered they are common here and while mainly just painful for humans they can be deadly for pups, so I was worried it was maybe a scorpion - although I did figure she would have screamed if it was.
If this happens again, I'll probably be more inclined to wait and see - unless she puffs up really quickly. Now I know she's allergic, but not deathly so, and I also know that I can give her two Benadryl at a time. (The vet said that for her weight, ~45lbs, two is fine.)
The only remaining question is.... should I switch to a vet that's closer to our house??
I might do some research. There are 2 vet offices that are only about 5 minutes from our house, versus our current vet who is 20-30 minutes away depending on traffic. I really like our vet, but when he retires, I might have to think about moving to someone closer!
What do you think? Would you stick with the vet you know, or get one closer to your house?
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