Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Designer Breeds: English Pointer - Shar Pei Cross
This evening, during the nightly chores to walk and clean the pups, we were greeted with this. LuLu, my almost two-year-old pointer, had a head that was swollen up so badly that she could barely see, and her jowls were swollen and droopy. She was fine when I checked her at noon -- all I can figure is that she tangled with a spider or some other creepy crawly. As warm as it's been this winter, the insects have had an easy time of it. It was sad, funny, and most of all, alarming.
I debated shoving some Benadryl down her gullet, but we decided that she was advanced enough that we were concerned about her airway. Mrs. Scampwalker called the vet (literally minutes before closing time), and they graciously stayed late to administer a couple different rounds of antihistamine. The photo was taken after the trip to the vet, and the swelling had already gone down quite a bit -- you can imagine what it was like 30 minutes earlier.
The Glass Pointer strikes again -- this time from the confines of her own kennel run!