As they were coming back inside, I was startled to notice sweet Chloe's left eye was red and swollen shut (below photo on left).
What the heck? Within 15 minutes, the swelling spread across her nose and into her right eye, too. Talk about getting worried.
The other three Sibes were just fine. So, what happened to Chloe?
With an antihistamine in her, we did a search of the yard, deck, her bed...no sign of anything out the norm. Her food, supplements, and treats all the same brands as usual.
Then her face got really squishy, and her muzzle really swelled. More antihistamine.
Then her original swollen eye got better, and her good eye was swollen shut! As well as her nose and mouth. The rest of behavior was normal, and she was still eating and drinking.
Then she started vomiting...and it was immediately off to the vet, where we received a confirmation of a severe allergic reaction to ... something!
An injection of both an antihistamine and a steroid, Chloe's puffy snout and eyes finally started to become less swollen. With a prescription in hand, Chloe thankfully came back home with us and is now resting. It is so important to be sure to act fast with allergies as you never know when or if it can turn into anaphylaxis, which is an absolute emergency.
Even though it is winter here in the northeast, and some days are chilly (like today) hovering around 11 degrees in the morning and 25 during the day, it did tip the mercury at 42 degree yesterday. So do we have some kind of arctic bug or spider capable of taking down an almost 80 pound Husky with a mere bite? Or with this crazy weather Mother Nature has been exposing us to (thank you global warming), did a hibernating bee or insect in a dopey winter state become wake enough to sting our girl? No infection, she did not come in contact with any toxins that we know of, and no change to brands of food or treats...
After lots of prayers and a #pawcircle for healing on our social media pages, we are so appreciative for the kindness and support from everyone. We are so thankful to have our girl back home and hopefully on the mend. I still wish we knew the cause...
So, what the heck...?