My poor baby!
I came home from work last night and when I bent over to greet my babies…Poleys face didn’t look quite right. I wasn’t sure what it was, but the house was dark, so by the time I walked through the living room to get to the kitchen and turn the lights on, and looked down at Poley…well, this is what I saw. I’m not sure if you can tell in the photo, but the skin folds under his eyes…they’re like…swollen. And red. Inflamed. He wasn’t acting weird, his breathing wasn’t labored or anything…it was just like he had a rash on his face.
Here’s another photo of him. Aww…poor baby, he looks so sad in this photo! But I think I just caught him with his eyes shut and it makes him look like he’s crying. Although he kept trying to scratch his face with his paws.
Well, at first I wanted to panic but we exhaustively searched the internet and we believe that one of either four things happened:
1. Some sort of bug bit him on the face, like an ant or something, and he’s having an allergic reaction. He was inside all day, so that somewhat limits what sort of critter could have bit him.
2. He got into the trash and ate a Kashi Bar that Terry had tossed…and it had about 5-6 whole almonds in it. Maybe he is allergic to almonds and this is an allergic reaction?
3. We recently switched over to a new brand of bitter spray to spray on the sides of the furniture so that Poley stops chewing on things…he could have an allergic reaction to it…however, it’s been a week or so since we switched…so this seems unlikely.
4. And lastly, there could be an infection in his face folds. I really don’t think this could be it because I keep his face folds pretty clean and his face isn’t as smooshed as Rukis and never smells. (Her face sometimes smells like bad cheese…or really good stinky cheese, I suppose…nevertheless, I have to be very vigilant cleaning her face).
Anyways, we are going to try some liquid baby benadryl (recommended on most of the blogs and website we found) and if this solves things, then we know it was just a mild allergic reaction to something. If it doesn’t do much, then we’ll take him into the vet.
Has anyone else had anything similar with their pugs?
…And everyone…please keep Poley in your thoughts & prayers!