Q. We were on a hike today and as he settled down I noticed two red bumps on either side of his mouth.

Sat, Aug 19, 2023

Looking at pictures over the last couple of days these were not present - he was out hiking today and also messing around under the back deck prior to the hike.
Should I make a vet appt?

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The presence of two red bumps on either side of your dog's mouth could have several potential causes. One possibility is that your dog may have developed an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis from something he encountered during his hike or while messing around under the back deck. This could include exposure to plants, insects, or other irritants. Allergic reactions can cause redness, swelling, and itching.

Another possibility is that the bumps could be the result of insect bites or stings. Insect bites can cause localized swelling and redness, and some dogs may have an allergic reaction to certain insect bites.

It is also important to consider the possibility of an infection. Bacterial or fungal infections can cause skin lesions, including red bumps. These infections can occur due to a break in the skin, such as from scratching or from an insect bite.

In terms of what you can do at home, it is generally recommended to monitor the bumps closely for any changes in size, shape, or color. You can gently clean the area with a mild antiseptic solution, such as diluted chlorhexidine, to help prevent infection. Avoid using any harsh or irritating substances on the skin.

If your dog shows any signs of discomfort, such as excessive scratching, licking, or rubbing the area, you can try using a cone collar to prevent further irritation. Additionally, you may consider applying a cold compress to the area for short periods of time to help reduce any swelling or inflammation.

However, if the bumps worsen, spread to other areas, or if your dog develops any additional symptoms such as difficulty breathing, vomiting, or lethargy, it is important to seek veterinary attention promptly. It is important to take him to the doctor to determine the exact cause. These could be signs of a more serious allergic reaction or infection that may require immediate medical intervention.

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