This is Chilli, a 6 year-old Lab/Kelpie mix--she’s one spicy little pepper for her loving family. Chilli was adopted on Halloween, and she means the world to her parents. Her dad even calls her his best friend.
Recently, her parents noticed Chilli's face was swelling up, and it continued to swell as the hours ticked by. They called the vet, who had them give Chilli some Benadryl, and told them to keep an eye on her until they could get her in. By the time they brought her to the vet, her face wasn't as swollen, but the vet noticed her ears were inflamed and infected.
Your pups ears are very sensitive. According to the American Kennel Club, it’s estimated that about 20 percent of dogs have some form of ear disease. Untreated ear infections can be very serious, and could lead to deafness, facial paralysis, or signs of vestibular disease, such as head tilting, circling, and lack of coordination. Symptoms of an ear infection can include:
If your dog is showing any of the signs listed above, it is important to take your dog to your veterinarian as soon as possible, not only for your dog’s comfort (these conditions can be extremely painful) but to also prevent spread to the middle and inner ear, where infections can cause major problems. Please, do not try to treat ear problems at home without first talking with your vet.
Chilli's dad is the only one working and her mom receives Social Security Income (SSI). They have a monthly budget for expenses for Chilli, but this vet visit was in between pay days and very unexpected for them. They applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and we were happy we could.
The vet sent Chilli home with some steroids and anticipate her to make a full recovery.
Please note: Benadryl® is an over-the-counter antihistamine that veterinarians prescribe for a variety of symptoms, including allergies and motion sickness. However, pet owners should take note that Benadryl does not treat the underlying problem, which is causing the symptoms. Check out the infographic below by Dog Health Coach for some information. And, remember, always talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any over-the-counter medication.
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