Q. not eating, swollen face and private

Sun, Aug 20, 2023

as you can see ive provides pictures and videos. one picture us of him normally and the others are him now..he used to live in the house but unfortunately we moved and he is now in the basement. it does have some spiders so thats my speculation that he has been biten by some sort of spider. i was planning on taking him to the vet but unfortunately they are all closed on sunday and i have work. behavior wise he is acting the same and he is drinking water but not eating his food. also i was unable to get a picture of his private but it does have a yellowish tint and a little swollen. the color could be from his pee but im not sure so i noted that just incase
Should I make a vet appt?

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As a veterinarian, I understand your concerns about your dog's symptoms and I will provide you with some information based on my veterinary knowledge. However, it is important to note that I cannot diagnose your dog without a physical examination and further diagnostic tests. It is always best to consult with a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Based on the information you provided, your dog is experiencing several symptoms including not eating, a swollen face, and a potentially swollen and discolored genital area. There could be several possible causes for these symptoms, and it is important to consider each one.

One possibility is that your dog has been bitten by a spider or another insect. Spider bites can cause localized swelling and discomfort. However, it is important to note that not all spider bites cause significant symptoms in dogs. If you suspect a spider bite, it would be best to monitor your dog closely for any worsening of symptoms and seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.

Another possibility is that your dog may be experiencing an allergic reaction. Allergies can manifest in various ways, including facial swelling and itchiness. It is important to consider if there have been any recent changes in your dog's environment, such as new foods, treats, or exposure to allergens like pollen or certain household products. If you suspect an allergic reaction, it would be best to consult with a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Additionally, the fact that your dog is not eating could be indicative of an underlying health issue. There are several potential causes for a decreased appetite in dogs, including gastrointestinal issues, dental problems, or systemic illnesses. It is important to monitor your dog's overall behavior and energy levels. If he continues to refuse food or shows signs of lethargy or other concerning symptoms, it would be best to seek veterinary attention.

Regarding what you can do at home, it is important to keep your dog comfortable and monitor his symptoms closely. Ensure that he has access to fresh water at all times to prevent dehydration. You can also try offering small, bland meals to entice him to eat, such as boiled chicken and rice. However, if your dog continues to refuse food or shows any signs of distress or worsening symptoms, it would be best to consult with a veterinarian.

In summary, the causes of your dog's symptoms could range from a spider bite to an allergic reaction or an underlying health issue. It is important to monitor your dog closely and seek veterinary attention if his symptoms worsen or if he shows any signs of distress. A veterinarian will be able to provide a proper diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options.

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