Dog Swollen Eyelids
by Jase H.
Dog swollen eyelids
Our dog has swollen eyelids right around the edges, sometimes to the point of getting pink (in the picture they are not very pink). His eyes will also produce a lot of water/tearing.
He used to directly scratch them, especially in the morning. Since we've been on his case when he does that, he seems to refrain from directly scratching, but we let him rub his eyes either with his own paws or against something (blanket, us, etc.)
Our dog's swollen eyelids seemed to follow 2 particular events. I don't know which one had to do with it, or if at all.
The first event was a tick that was removed. It was still flat and on the top of the ear within the fur where it was burrowing trying to find a blood source. I may have removed it improperly.
After this event he was taken in to be neutered. Honestly I suspect he picked it up from the place he got neutered.
I've been to a (good) vet and we've treated for everything he can think of. Bacterial, fungal, mites/fleas. Tried different food for a while.
Allergy isn't suspected, since he was fine until the 2 events described above. That was about 3 -4 months after we got him.
He's actually been on about 4 different antibiotics, even a 'good' one I had to order online. The pictures above are one with our dog's swollen eyelids (it's been worse than this picture, especially after much scratching and rubbing). The other pic is him before he picked it up (normal).
Our vet is at a loss. So far the only thing that gives him relief is prednisone. The longest he was on it was at first, but I'll put him on it for only like a week at a time just to get some relief, then try and keep him off for at least a few weeks. When he does take them I break 30 mlg pills in half (so 15 a day).
If I remember correctly, the pills might be only 15 whole, but I don't think so.
I didn't want to get him neutered but were forced to make a story short. The reason I didn't want to get him neutered is because there is a lot more to hormones than reproduction. Places that specialize in spaying and neutering only see it differently of course.
Since it's a steroid (prednisone) that keeps the swelling down, I suspect it may be possible he had it all along, and the removal of his testicles (testosterone) made it surface.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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