Dogs rely on their snout for many things such as smelling and eating. When their snout is affected, this can be an increasing discomfort for them and is often an indication of a more serious medical condition.
Swollen Dog Snout
- A dog’s snout consists of its nose, mouth and jaw.
- Dogs use their snout for the sense of smell, eating, grooming, and playing.
- The shape of a dog’s snout depends on the dog’s breed, but despite the breed, the snout should never appear swollen.
- A swollen snout can be indicative of a respiratory tract infection, allergic reaction, or even others.
Dog Snout Swelling
- Symptoms to look out for include a swollen snout, decreased appetite, protective of the snout, irritable or crying when the snout is touched.
- When a dog’s snout is swelling, this can be increasingly discomfort because not only can they use their snout for its usual purpose, it will also feel heavy, warm, and painful for the dog.
- It is important to quickly identify the cause of the swelling in order for the dog to receive the proper medical treatment and to save the snout and its functions.
Causes and Treatment of a Swollen Snout
- The most commonly identified cause for a dog’s snout to swell is infection. Infection can come from a laceration or puncture in the dog’s snout caused by accident or bite from a dog fight. Antibiotic treatments are prescribed for more serious types of injuries.
- An allergic reaction can also cause a dog’s snout to swell. The most common cause of the allergic reaction is a bee sting. The dog is often treated with antihistamines based on their weight to reduce the allergic reaction.
- Bites from snakes can also cause a dog’s snout to swell. Most snake bites may not be fatal, it can cause extreme inflammation of the dog’s snout. Whether the bite is poisonous or not, it should be treated immediately to avoid the spread of venom. Steroids are the most common treatment for snake bites.
- Another cause includes acetaminophen toxicity wherein the dog ingested too much acetaminophen. In this incident, not only the dog’s snout swells but the dog’s head as well. In this case, the dog has to be hospitalized immediately to avoid further complications.