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Swollen Lips

Just wanted to talk about a scary experience I had last week with Teddy. I was playing with him and touched his mouth and noticed his lips were extremely swollen and he had scabs all over them and dried blood. As you can imagine I was extremely worried. We assumed he had an allergic reaction to something since everything has changed for him during the move. We watched it carefully and kept cleaning it throughout the weekend hoping it was going to get better and it never did. We even started noticing that it was becoming painful for him. I was a very concerned mommy :(

We took him to the vet the following week and learned that he has a bacterial infection in his mouth. I wasn’t sure how long it had been going on because, like most of us I don’t pay very close attention to his mouth all that often. The vet could not narrow it down to what it could be but it got me thinking. Is it his food? Is it his treats? Is it allergies? Did our cats claw him? There were so many things it could have been but it was hard to narrow down because I wasn’t positive when it started. He got a shot and is on antibiotics and is getting it cleaned everyday.

Thankfully, it is looking much better every day! Just wanted to tell you all this so you could be more aware if something is happening with your dog’s mouth, or any other area. My advice is to check your dog everywhere, especially if there is a new environment, to make sure an infection or allergic reaction doesn’t get too out of control!

Wed, May 29 2013 » Blog, Health

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Molly

I am a three year old German Shepherd from South Georgia.  I don’t really have a favorite toy because my favorite things are sleeping and getting petted on the head. Although if I do get up some energy I will admit that I love getting into the trash to look for napkins.

My brother Teddy is lots of fun to play with, plus he usually takes the blame for my chewing.  I really like him for that!  I love to bark a lot; sometimes my humans do not appreciate that so much.  I am SUPER special because I am a white German Shepherd and that is not so common I hear.

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