What to Do if Your Dog’s Face is Swollen

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know that they’re prone to all kinds of ailments. Perhaps no ailment is more distressing for a dog owner than their beloved pup’s face swelling up suddenly, especially if it seems like there’s an external cause. After all, your pet can’t tell you what happened!

The first thing to do is to remain calm.

Even if you’re worried about your dog’s swollen face, it’s important to remain calm. Don’t rush to the vet or give your pet any medication without consulting a veterinarian first. This is usually a minor problem that can be easily treated by giving your dog some time to rest and recover.

If you have any doubts that your pet is in pain, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian immediately. If an injury has occurred, there may be underlying damage that needs attention from an experienced professional.

After you’ve called the vet, try to calm your dog and make it comfortable.

It’s important to keep your pet calm and comfortable during this time. Give them a warm, soft place to lie down, such as a blanket or towel that you have been keeping on hand just for this purpose. You might also want to give them a treat or toy with which they can entertain themselves while you are waiting for the vet.

It’s best if your dog does not interact with other people or other dogs during this time; it will only upset him more if he sees other animals getting excited about something that is making him uncomfortable. Also make sure that there are plenty of water sources available; dogs get dehydrated very easily, especially when they are nervous or scared.

Your dog may have been stung by an insect or other creature, like a rattlesnake.

It’s possible your dog was stung by an insect or other creature, like a rattlesnake. Stings from bees, wasps and hornets are the most common cause of facial swelling in dogs (and humans).

Another possibility is that your dog has been bitten by another animal. For example:

Ticks can cause a rash that looks like acne on your dog’s face; if you see one near the ear, it may have crawled under the skin and caused a lump there.

Fleas may also lead to lumps on their faces as they suck blood from their skin; these lumps can be painful for your pet!

It could be possible that your dog has an abscess.

If your dog’s face is swollen, it could mean that he has an abscess. These are pus-filled lumps that form in a dog’s body and can be caused by bacteria or by a foreign object like a stick or thorn. If the area around the abscess becomes infected, it can become very painful and even dangerous if not treated properly.

Dogs with this condition should always see a veterinarian as soon as possible because they need antibiotics to cure it.

It’s also possible that something is stuck in your dog’s throat.

If you believe that something is stuck in your dog’s throat, it’s important to get the object out. You can check your dog’s throat by looking at the inside of its mouth and feeling around with your fingers. If you feel something that doesn’t look like part of their normal anatomy, it may be a foreign object or an obstruction.

If you think your dog has something stuck in their throat, don’t panic! It’s probably not life threatening (most dogs will swallow just about anything). There are some great tips on how to help remove that object from your pet’s esophagus safely and easily!

If you think foreign material like grasses or weeds are causing the swelling, call your vet.

Your dog’s face may be swollen due to an allergic reaction to something he ate, but it could also indicate a serious problem. If you suspect that the swelling is caused by something like grasses or weeds, it’s best to contact your vet right away. You should have your pet examined as soon as possible.

Your dog could have mites affecting its face.

  • Mites are small, parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of their hosts. They can live in any part of an animal’s body but are most often found in fur or skin folds.
  • Symptoms of mite infestation include scabs around the eyes, nose and mouth; excessive scratching; hair loss; reddened paws and feet; crusty skin lesions on the face and feet; dark-colored discharge from the eyes and nose (which is particularly common with demodectic mange); symptoms of secondary bacterial infections; lethargy; weight loss (dogs with sarcoptic mange).
  • Treatment usually involves a combination of medications to kill adult mites and prevent further infestations as well as topical treatments for skin lesions. In severe cases it may be necessary to surgically remove infected tissue before treatment begins.

Try to note what symptoms were present before the swelling began, and how they got that way.

If your dog’s face is swollen, it’s important to know what happened before the swelling started. Knowing what was happening before the swelling began can help you figure out whether it was caused by something specific or if your dog is suffering from a more general condition.

If you can remember:

  • What was your dog doing when they first noticed their face was swollen? Was it after eating? Running around outside? A walk through the park? Something else entirely?
  • What symptoms were present before the swelling started? Do you remember if there were any signs that something wasn’t quite right with his or her body before everything suddenly went wrong?
  • How did this situation get worse over time (e.g., did it just appear overnight)? If so, what changes occurred in between those two points of time that led up to this situation becoming more severe than when it first began (e.g., consuming food/water/treats with high levels of salt)?

Swollen faces are painful and scary for dogs and their owners, but things will be okay if you take certain measures in the right order!

If you’re not sure what to do, it’s better to be safe than sorry! If your dog’s face is swollen, take them to a veterinarian immediately.

If your dog is in pain, give them painkillers. If they can’t swallow pills, crush the pill and mix it with a little bit of peanut butter or cream cheese. You can also give them liquid medicine by mixing it into their food.

If they are having trouble breathing because of their swollen face, try to clear their throat by gently rubbing below the chin until some phlegm comes out (this may need doing more than once).

If you suspect that your dog has an infection or another medical condition causing the swelling, call a veterinarian immediately.


This is definitely not a topic to mess around with. If your dog’s face is swollen, then you should get them to the vet as soon as possible! But while they’re being treated, you need to be cool, calm and collected in order to give your dog the best chance of making it through this experience unscathed.

This means doing the right things in the right order—like staying calm yourself and ensuring that your dog remains calm; recognizing what other symptoms they may have; identifying if insects or foreign objects are involved; and so forth. Our takeaways include all of these steps in order, so you can confidently keep your dog safe even if their face swells up suddenly for no apparent reason at all!