View Full Version : Forrest's 3am Trip to the Vet...still concerned...

27th December 2011, 07:45 PM
Last night around 3am, Tony took Forrest (4 months old today) outside to go potty. Tony noticed him pawing at his face outside, but said he pretty much just went out and came back in without playing around at all. (by the way, we're in Kansas and it was probably 32 F at this time). When he brought him in he had a little bump on the left side of his face.

This is right after he came in, you can see the little bump on his left side next to his nose.

Very quickly (within minutes) it started swelling a lot more, then we noticed it getting red (this is such a bad quality pic, but shows the progression.

We quickly decided to take him to the emergency vet, and this is what it looked like while we were in the waiting room. (he was pawing forcefully at it the whole ride there)

The vet sees him and says she thinks it's a spider bite. They give him something for the swelling and an IV. They monitored him for a few hours and we finally left around 5am. This is him when we got home (wrong side I know, but you can see his little IV bandage...swelling and redness had gone down.)

They told us to give him 12.5mg of Benadryl every 12 hours and to not let him go outside and to look for rough skin around the area where they think he was bit because it could kill the skin and they will need to remove that skin if that's the case. This morning it was swollen, but better. He ate all his breakfast. I left for 2 hours for a photoshoot and left him in his kennel, and when I came back around noon it looked like this (much better, but still swollen):

Then, shortly after eating he was pawing at it again and I noticed it getting redder and redder and his lips were sooo saggy (particularly the left side)

Here's a pic to show the redness and swelling.

I'm trying to do my best to keep him from touching it, but it's hard. He's not very cuddly and doesn't want to be held much and squirms away from me when I try to restrain him.

Just for reference, here's what he looked like a few hours before this happened last night:

And the day before:

And last week:

Should I be concerned? Should I just keep him on the meds and wait for it to clear up? I feel like I'm over reacting, but he looks so sad.

27th December 2011, 08:16 PM
hope forrest gets well soon he's beautiful

27th December 2011, 08:25 PM
It may just be drainage, but if it's getting red again, call the vet and see what they think. Your regular vet may want to see him. I hope he's feeling better soon! Our boxer was allergic to yellow jackets, so we have been there, done that with the swollen face/head :( .

27th December 2011, 08:57 PM
Lindylou: thanks!

Furrfoot: thanks so much, if it were summer there would be no doubt in my mind it was a bug or something. With it being winter (and so cold out) I just can't imagine there are many bugs/spiders/bees alive outside! Last night was pretty expensive, so I'm just so hesitant to take him back so soon when I always just feel like I'm overreacting. Thanks for the advice!

Brian M
27th December 2011, 09:22 PM

Don't worry about over reacting we all would and do ,keep on with the Benardrly and keep on
watching him as you are and if any doubts at all take him back to your Vets .He is a beautiful
little boy and so lucky to have a MOM like you who obviously cares so much for him .I would
agree with the Vet it a spider bite or similar ,if he is not yet insured pls consider getting him
insured ,last August my Daisy had to see a neurologist then a cardiologist all in the same week
at a cost of about 2250.00 so its bettet in your pocket than others . He will be fine soon so
dont worry too much even though its hard not to .

Best Wishes

Brian and
Poppy,Daisy,Rosie and Lily

27th December 2011, 11:03 PM
Oh my goodness! Poor Forest, poor you! I would keep him on the Benadryl, and talk to your Vet about a collar. It would keep him from scratching, which is going to irritate it more. It just seems so weird that a spider would bite him outside. Is it possible he was foraging and overturned some leaves or something, and the spider was under that?

And I agree with Brian, I would look into insurance. Most of us have it just because we have Cav's. There is always a waiting period, but the earlier you get it, the better.

Let us know how he does. Saying a little prayer for him.

28th December 2011, 04:01 PM
Poor little Forrest. How is he doing today? Has the swelling gone down?

28th December 2011, 06:19 PM
Thanks so much everyone for the advice. I really appreciate it.

Last night was rough, he was more uncomfortable an unable to get comfortable than ever and just seemed to be in constant pain. Licks his lips all the time. He also kept shaking his head a lot, like he was trying to get something off of him.

Here he is trying to get comfortable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExkRc33y538&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Here he is trying to itch his face (which makes it so much worse) and Tony trying to comfort him.

I just wish we knew for sure what happened! He is teething and part of me wonders if that might be the problem?

28th December 2011, 06:57 PM
Keep an eye out for signs of infection/abcess. Spiders also like to come inside when it's cold, so it may have happened inside, or at the doorway, etc. I'd still put a call at least into your regular vet (do they charge you for consultation calls? I know some do :/ ). They may want to put him on antibiotics for a little while, just in case. Mattie's facial swelling from her bug bites always went down in 24 -48 hours. Not trying to be bossy, just concerned ;) . I hope he's feeling better this afternoon.

28th December 2011, 07:06 PM
Furrfoot-thanks so much. The weird thing is, is that we just had a holiday party and literally cleaned the house top to bottom...cleaner than it's ever been and we can't find a thing (no spiders or evidence of them). I also recently bought a roomba vacuum cleaner to clean while we're at work because Forrest likes to eat anything on the ground, so I wanted to be sure I was getting everything (ps that thing is amazing!)

We called the vet to see if we could give him baby aspirin or if we should bring him back in. They said no to aspirin, and to bring him in if it looked worse.

We're coming up on 48 hrs. So, hopefully he'll perk up. Crazy that he isn't more sleepy on 12.5 mg of Benadryl because I pass out from 25 mg! And I obviously weigh a lot more than 7 lbs ;)

28th December 2011, 07:59 PM
Crazy that he isn't more sleepy on 12.5 mg of Benadryl because I pass out from 25 mg! And I obviously weigh a lot more than 7 lbs ;)

Sonny was not sleepy when his vet gave him benadryl either. I was expecting a lethargic pup and he was just as bouncy as ever.....

28th December 2011, 10:18 PM
Did you use anything different when you cleaned? Anything new in the house, sprays etc., is it just confined to his face? If he would tolerate it, I have used an ice cube wrapped in paper towel to soothe the area when one of mine was stung.

29th December 2011, 01:04 AM
Ruth-confined to the face and nothing new used to clean. Actually didn't use too many chemicals in general. Good idea about the ice. I was so worried he's eat the ice after reading about bloat on here that I actually put some of his toys in the freezer and he really likes the cold on his mouth and it seemed to help a ton. thanks!

29th December 2011, 03:08 AM
Aww, my heart breaks for the poor little tike.
I worry about spider bites, or even wasp and bee stings with Jessie. We live in a semi rural area and living in Australia,
the spiders are pretty nasty. We have white tails on our property, and no matter how many times we've sprayed and had professionals
for a call out, they come back again within weeks.

How is Forrest now?
Without sounding ridiculous, did she check his teeth? Just thinking that usually with people, swelling around the nose and mouth can
usually be a sign of a tooth abscess. Do dogs even get those?

29th December 2011, 04:40 AM
I'm so sorry for little Forrest. It's great that you got him to the vet so quickly! Where in Kansas are you? I moved from Hutchinson a year and a half ago. I had the best vet in the world there--also a 24 hour emergency facility. If you'd like her name and are near the area, I'd be happy to pm you. I hope Forrest feels better soon!

29th December 2011, 05:06 AM
Poor little Forrest. I hope he is feeling better.

29th December 2011, 04:42 PM
Hope little Forrest is having a better day! We are sending lots of hugs. :hug:

29th December 2011, 09:34 PM
Jessieandme: I sort of thought it could be teeth as well after it didn't go away with the steroid injection and a few rounds of Benadryl. I looked, though, and nothing inside his mouth looked too crazy. I did buy a tooth brush, which we had been waiting to do until his big teeth were in, and he had his teeth brushed for the first time. :) I can't even imagine the kind of critters you have in Australia! I would be terrified!

Tara- we're in the Overland Park (KC) area. We took him to Blue Pearl for the overnight stuff. Hutch is about 3 hours away, but I'd love any recommendations if you want to PM them my way!

Thanks Kathleen & AshleighElizabeth!

He seems to be doing better finally. When he was in the most pain he wanted nothing to do with us, and beginning yesterday afternoon he started getting to be more clingy and more like himself. A bit lethargic, but I guess that's to be expected. Swelling is down quite a bit, but is still there some. He doesn't seem to be as uncomfortable, though, which is the best part. I give him the benadryl in just a bit of peanut butter so he'll take it easier and I swear he's going to be so upset when he gets better and doesn't get his peanut butter twice a day. He goes crazy for that stuff.

I had the flu yesterday, but it worked out okay because I got to stay home from work, and take care of Forrest...we were a SUPER pathetic duo.

Thanks so much for all the well wishes! We really appreciate it and all the advice!

30th December 2011, 04:45 AM
Aw, I'm so glad he's feeling better! :)

30th December 2011, 02:53 PM
ive being thinking about forrest alot over these past few day's and pleased to read he's getting a bit better its awfull when they are not well please give forrest a big kiss and cuddle from me and louie
happy new year to you all

30th December 2011, 09:49 PM
Relieved that he is starting to feel a little better.
Even though he is still unwell, he is still as cute as a button.
Hope your both feeling a lot better soon.
At least you both have one another to take care of each other while your both under the weather http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/he_and_she/give_rose.gif

31st December 2011, 03:44 AM
Poor forest!! Those pics broke my heart!! I am late in replying to this...sorry! So how is forest going now?

That looks exactly what Brooklyn looked like when she got stung by a bee and it happened that fast. I did not see the bee or the sting, only noticed when she started pawing at her face. It is obviously a reaction/allergic reaction...glad you took her to the ER vet because that swelling can soon block the airways, so good job. If it is still there now, after all these days, I would really get into your regular vet. Can you talk on the phone/email your regular vet? My vet lets me call and email for free, so it might be worth asking and sending along these pictures...at least for your records if nothing more.

It could be a reaction to a bite or sting, it could also be an allergy to a bit or sting (this is how we found out Brooky is allergic to bees in fact), so it is important to know if she is allergic to something, that way you can keep an eppi pen type thing for dogs on hand just in case it happens again.

HUGS to Forest!!!

1st January 2012, 12:02 AM
Thanks everyone so much for your support! I don't know what I'd do without this board! Forrest is sooo much better and had his final shots yesterday and at 4 months (he was born Aug 27) he weighs a whopping 8 lbs 10 oz!! Vet cleared him to stop Bendaryl and he looks so much better.

I actually think he has more energy now than ever before! It was nearly impossible to get a picture of him because he was just zipping around so fast, but this is as good as I could do.


Thanks again so much for all your help!

1st January 2012, 01:37 PM
Great news, I am so pleased.

1st January 2012, 06:26 PM
Glad to hear he is on the up! Hugs to forest!