For aspiring veterinarians, I have created a new category called “You Make The Diagnosis”. I will present cases for you to diagnose. Hints will be provided on the tough ones. Here’s the first case.
Blondie is a young intact female pit bull. She is shy around people. Blondie loves to play out in the yard with her siblings. This morning, her owner noticed a change in her appearance. Please study Blondie’s picture carefully and then diagnose her condition. Sorry, no hints on this one!
DIAGNOSIS: Allergic Reaction
Notice the severe swelling of Blondie’s face. Her cheeks are enormous. Dogs may be allergic to many things including plants, medicines, vaccinations, household cleaners, perfumes, fabrics and insects just to name a few. Besides facial swelling, animals undergoing an allergic reaction may also vomit, have respiratory problems and act lethargic. After speaking with her owners, an insect bite is the most likely cause of her reaction. Blondie was treated with antihistamines.
If you notice facial swelling on your pet, seek medical attention immediately.