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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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my 13 year old Labrador has developed a swollen looking muzzle

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my 13 year old Labrador has developed a swollen looking muzzle and seems to be trying to lick it by tossing her head slightly . she doesn't seem to be in pain . I noticed it this morning ,I cant imagine what might have caused it as a sting or bite doesn't seem likely ,
I just wondered if you might have any other possibilities.
thank you *****
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
You've described angioedema - a hypersensitivity reaction which can arise from an envenomation as you mentioned but also a food intolerance, environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, or dust mites, etc., vaccination, drugs, and even environmental variables such as temperature and humidity. In most cases these reactions will abate within 36 hours unaided but an antihistamine such as chlorphenamine (Piriton) dosed at 4-8mg/dog every 12 hours if necessary can be helpful. In severe cases, an antihistaminic glucocorticoid such as prednisone can be prescribed by her vet.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

I'm going to check back with you tomorrow for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
May I have an update, please?