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Could My Dog’s Watery Eyes and Lip Swelling be due to Allergies?

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Dear VetBabble: Is An Allergic Reaction Causing My Dog’s Eye Watering and Lip Swelling?

We recently received a query from a Rat Terrier owner who was concerned about her four-year-old pet’s health. The symptoms she observed were the dog’s left eye watering in the morning and later, its left lip swelling up. She was uncertain if it was an allergic reaction or a result of a sting or bite. This query is quite common, and the underlying concern is what other pet owners may face, considering that allergic reactions in pets can be alarming and hard to diagnose. That said, it’s important to reassure that while these symptoms can indeed be severe if they affect the pet’s breathing, in most cases, close monitoring, timely detection, and proper intervention can prevent adverse outcomes. It’s equally crucial to consult with your veterinarian if the symptoms worsen or persist beyond a couple of hours.

Understanding Canine Eye Conditions

Eye conditions in dogs could cause symptoms in your pet like the ones our concerned Rat Terrier owner has described. From mild irritations to severe disorders, common eye conditions may manifest as watery eyes, redness, or even the appearance of a visible third eyelid. Although eye conditions could be caused by several factors such as genetics, environment, or age, they require immediate attention and should never be ignored.

Is it an Allergic Reaction?

Another possible explanation for the watering eye and swollen lip is an allergic reaction. Dogs, like humans, can be allergic to a variety of things, from pollen to certain food items. These allergic reactions can cause a range of symptoms, including watering eyes, swollen lips or face, hives, sneezing, itchy skin, and digestive problems. Further, pet food allergies are strikingly common and can cause similar symptoms. It may be helpful to note any recent changes in your dog’s diet and monitor its reaction to new food items introduced.

Other Possible Signs to Consider

A lesser-known fact is that some dogs may show unexpected behavioral changes when feeling unwell. One such example is a phenomenon where dogs lick the air. This behavior often indicates general discomfort or a specific issue like dental pain. Your pet may also be suffering from gastrointestinal discomforts or could be trying to signal their discomfort in his own way via air licking. Always remember that good veterinary care and keen observation of your pet’s behavior are key to recognizing potentially serious health issues. When in doubt, always consult with a professional for the best advice.

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