Last week was a bit of a shocking week for me. As many of you who read this blog regularly will know, Layla (my whippet) has multiple allergies (see this post for an explanation). Usually her allergies are displayed as itchy ears, an upset stomach or at times, hives on her head (and rarely her body). This time she had a major allergic reaction causing a swollen face!
Usually when she has a reaction it makes her cold and her gums go pale. She is often improved my rest and being tucked up under a blanket on the sofa to warm her. This time, after her bath, she chose to go in her cosy cave and sleep off the worst of it. It is obviously exhausting when this happens to her. I know when the reaction has reached its peak, and the Apis is working, when the swelling starts to flatten and spread – as you can see from the photos below.
Finally, by Thursday my gorgeous girl has her beautiful whippet face back and her normal exuberant personality.
It seems with such a late spring everything is producing pollen at the same time. I really feel for hay fever sufferers at this time of year. Summer is wonderful …..I just wish I didn’t have Layla reacting to things at the back of my mind.