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Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Board Certified Veterinarian
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Experience:  Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
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11 week old XXXXX XXXXX Puppy has swollen nose

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Hi Our 11 week old XXXXX XXXXX Puppy appears to have a swelling on the bridge/top of her nose. So far today she was vomitting so we took her to the vet and she was given an anti nausea injection. We bought her home and she slept from an hour or so, when she woke up her left eye had puffed up and her her nose had swollen up. She is eating and drinking and the eye has gone down as had the nose but now it has come up again. Could this be a reaction to the injection or a simply bump? We didn't see her knock herself. She is running around and playing as norma. Jo

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 4 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help with your concerns about Wilfie.

I suspect that Wilfie has come into contact with something that she is allergic to. Allergic reactions in dogs can cause vomiting and diarrhea as well as facial swelling and hives, which is exactly what you have seen with your girl today.

To counteract the allergic reaction you can try Benadryl (diphenhydramine only, don't use the combination products with acetaminophen or decongestants as they can be toxic to dogs) at 1mg to 2mg per pound or one 25mg capsule per 25 pounds of dog
orally every 8 hours for at least 72 hours (3 days). For a 4 to 6 pound puppy you can give 1/4 of a 25mg Benadryl tablet. This allows time for the allergen to get out of her system. Expect the hives and swelling on her nose and around her eye to go away over the next 12 to 24 hours.

If she is vomiting again or develops diarrhea, or if she is having difficulty breathing or experiences extreme facial swelling then she needs an emergency veterinary visit as that indicates this is worsening beyond what you can do for her at home, she will likely need injectable steroids at that point.

If any of the lumps seem especially itchy you can apply cool compresses, give an oatmeal bath or apply topical steroid cream (like cortaid) as needed.

Best of luck with your girl, please let me know if you have any further questions.