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What is Swelling of the Salivary Gland?

A salivary mucocele occurs when a salivary duct ruptures, leading to fluid collecting in the soft tissues surrounding it. This is usually seen as a soft, painless mass around the head or neck though some may occur beneath the tongue or around the eyes. The condition is treated by draining the mucocele and surgically removing the affected glands.

Swelling of the salivary gland, otherwise known as a salivary mucocele, happens as a result of a salivary duct rupturing within the mouth. As fluids accumulate outside of the gland, the surrounding tissue swells, leading to a mass around the dog's head or neck. A salivary mucocele can be treated by surgically removing the affected glands and has a good prognosis for a full recovery.

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Symptoms of Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs

The primary clinical sign of a salivary mucocele is a soft, nonpainful mass around the cervical region that gradually enlarges over time. Depending on the location of the mucocele, other symptoms may include:

  • Trouble eating or swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding from the mass
  • Fever if infected
Types

There are several types of salivary mucoceles, which are categorized by the soft tissues in which saliva accumulates. Cervical mucoceles, the most common type of mucocele in dogs, occur when saliva collects in the upper cervical area or under the jaw; sublingual or ranula mucoceles occur when it collects on the floor of the mouth; pharyngeal mucoceles occur when it collects in the back of the throat; and zygomatic mucoceles occur when it collects around the eye.

Causes of Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs

A mucocele occurs when a salivary gland ruptures, leading to an accumulation of saliva in the soft tissue surrounding the damaged gland. This most commonly involves the sublingual and mandibular glands, which results in saliva accumulating in or around the neck and jaw. A rupture may be caused by trauma, such as from a bite wound or from chewing on inappropriate materials, and is more commonly seen in breeds such as Poodles and Dachshunds.

Diagnosis of Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs

The veterinarian will put your dog through a careful physical examination of your dog during the initial visit, which will include palpation of any visible masses around the head and neck. If the salivary mucocele is visible, the mass can be easily identified and differentiated from tumors, abscesses, and other cysts. The diagnosis of which can be validated by performing a fine needle aspiration of the fluid. A salivary mucocele results in a thick, ropy fluid that may be yellowish or blood-tinged.

Prior to treatment, the veterinarian may perform further tests, including a complete blood count and a urinalysis. This provides the veterinarian with an idea of your dog's overall health and ability to withstand surgery.

Treatment of Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs

The standard treatment for a salivary mucocele is surgical removal of the ruptured gland. Though aspiration may remove the fluid and reduce the swelling, this is not considered a resolution for the problem, as recurrence is likely weeks or months following aspiration.

Cervical, ranula, and pharyngeal mucoceles are treated by removing both the mandibular and sublingual glands on the affected side of the mouth, with marsupialization being additionally performed to help with drainage in cases of ranula mucoceles. Because zygomatic mucoceles involve glands near the eye, they are more difficult to address and may involve a more complicated surgical procedure.

Recovery of Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs

Following surgery, a drain may be put in place to remove fluid from the site while it heals. Most dogs are able to go home after the procedure though you'll need to provide aftercare to ensure your dog's comfort and safety. Monitor your dog's drainage, and if the wound was bandaged, change the bandage frequently so that the surgical site is kept clean.

If the veterinarian prescribes pain-relieving medication or antibiotics, administer them according to instructions. Provide your dog with a quiet place to rest during the recovery process, and make sure that he has access to fresh water. It's incredibly important to keep an eye on the wound and corresponding area for signs of infection and prevent your dog from scratching or otherwise irritating the incision.

Prognosis is typically good, and most dogs recover fully and go on to live a normal life after the mucocele has been drained and the ruptured glands removed.

Swelling of the Salivary Gland Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Duchess
Bulldog
5 Weeks
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Liquid buildup
Lethargy
Swelling

Medication Used

None at all.
None other than IV dextrose and water now.

Our 5 year old bulldog delveloped a mass on her throat area, right side a few days ago. A vet told us it was a salivary cyst. 2 days pass and now there is large fluid build up along her right jaw. They did an aspiration and said it was a build up of saliva. We have a surgery scheduled for next week, Tuesday but this morning the fluid buildup is spreading and is now present on her chest. She has violent coughing fits sometimes to the point where she lays on the floor after in exhaustion. And she sometimes sounds like she has trouble breathing. We're considered she may not make it another week like this because it seems to keep getting worse. The current vet is a general vet and has to make an appointment with a specialist surgeon. I want to take her to an emergency hospital where they can call in a surgeon same day if necessary. I feel that the initial vet is being way too "chill" about the quick development of the cyst and symptoms. Maybe because she is unfamiliar with them. But I also realize I'm not a vet. Very grateful for any advice. -Hillary

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing diffusion of the fluid down the neck to the chest, I would visit an Emergency Veterinarian since Duchess is having trouble breathing; salivary fluid build up usually doesn’t disseminate so far or so fast. Is your Veterinarian aware of the diffusion of fluid? Normally salivary fluid accumulation is more cosmetic than anything else with some difficulty swallowing at times; the coughing may be due to pressure on the trachea inducing a cough reflex. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

No Recovery
Treatment Cost: $400.00
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. We took her to the emergency vet and while they were prepping for surgery—x-rays, blood work etc—they found a large tumor in her lung. So now her battle turned into getting through two surgeries. The vet didn't seem hopeful and let us make the call. We decided to give her peace and send her to pup heaven. Thanks for your help.

My red nose pit throat and jaw was swollen I thought she had this but its been day 2 and her swelling went dog last night I looked up a lot about it and I following procedures because I was scared and crying for my dog and I have her in the cage away from the other dog because i didnt know if it was contagoues or not and I gave her dog food but I put it in fresh water to soften it just cause it said she might have trouble swallowing and I gave her lots of water also and this afternoon her swollen throat went down so now I don't know what it was or what was wrong with her......

Ok I wish I could post a photo almost 6 weeks of no vet knowing an answer but 2;000 $later we’re worse : first allergies, then bee stings , swollen snot she is a white pit . Then the original circular hard spots bilateral on under side of her lips , the aspirate n have no real fluid no answer. Then that takes off and tracks up toward both eyes, then oozing begins so bad we go to an old timer vet and he put in 6 drains and antibiotics, she improved with in ten days, drains removed and within about 2 weeks so much redness and smelly sticky weeping out of original drain holes, so now drains in again no improvement and eyes are getting swollen al,ost closed on one side. Because she’s white you can see all the red and swelling . Ok what test is next to check glads or surgery if needed . She’s lost 12 lbs . Any way for a way to see a picture of her face . I’m on Long Island , Suffolk county and facial specialist near here ? Help help annette

Okay let me begin my story my story started in October at the time I had a 9 year old English bulldog and a 7 year old English bulldog my story started with my two babies being at home and I knew this girl who had an English bulldog that she was wanting to get rid of it cuz she was moving I live in Florida and I found a home for him the person who took him paid $500 for him and the next day the guy calls me and tells me I cannot keep this dog because my girlfriend is allergic to dogs and she is going to be going on the road with me and I cannot have a dog in the truck while she is with me so I said what do you want me to do do you want me to find another home for him he said yes could you so I did I couldn't find a home for him but I told him okay I will take him out of your truck and I will take care of him until I find a home for him two weeks into this process I had taken him. Very first day I had taken him to the vet I wanted to get him neutered got him his you know if he needed shots he needed a booster he had a roundworm so I took care of him and I 2 weeks into it my oldest boy passed away I was beside myself I was devastated and I decided I was going to keep the new dog his name is Luke has a severe heart murmur that I was not aware of I only found that out when I had taken him to the vet to get his full check up I got sent to Jacksonville spent $400 for a echogram and she sent the report over to my vet and my vet said I cannot neuter him I don't feel comfortable putting them under because we might lose them on the table I am sending you to Gainesville to a Cardiologist it's a vet hospital in Gainesville Florida that is costing me about over $4,000 to do that plus his neutering and I'm supposing that they're going to do that then so my girlfriend decided that she would do a GoFundMe page for Luke and I have only raised in 2 weeks $275 apparently people do not care about their animals like I would Luke has only been just a blessing to have he's a good boy he's a good dog he has some issues that we can work on and that we are working on then today I see that he's got this big old mass under his jaw bone it's like in his neck area and it's almost the size of a softball almost and I called my vet and I have an appointment at 9 in the morning and I am devastated and I am so worried does anybody have anything to tell me or that could help me figure this out not only does he have this mass now I'm afraid that this heart murmur is going to be an issue of him getting a surgery if he has to have surgery on this mass that is growing underneath his neck please help.... My heart is broken to pieces.... I can't go threw this again not even a month after my boy passed..... my friend who created the GoFundMe Pages under Amanda Perez out of Palm Coast Florida it's for Luke

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Ozzie
Maltese shitzu
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pacing, head till, head pressing, back legs weak,

My Makteze shitzu had a swollen saliva gland removed and hemorrhagic five hours after the first op. Had emergency surgery to stop bleeding was fine for three days. Then got head tilt, pacing, head pressing, bumping into things. He was PTS ten days after he got so severe. Could playing with another dog who kept nipping at his neck have caused this swelling? Could steroids have given him GME or could the op have caused this? He was fine before surgery. Totally heartbroken he was three. Looking for some understanding of what could have gone wrong.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any dog which is recovering from surgery (especially which had hemorrhagic complications) shouldn’t be playing around with another dog, rest is important for at least the first ten days to two weeks post surgery. Granulomatous meningoencephalitis (GME) is usually treated in conjunction with steroids (depending on the underlying cause - infectious or not); I cannot comment on the underlying cause of the neurological symptoms or whether they were associated directly or indirectly with the surgery. After the passing of Ozzie, it is normal to be looking for answers; a necropsy would be able to give you more concrete information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our dog lived 6 more wonderful years with GME. He needed chemo, diet change and steroids.

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Sweet Pea
Shih Tzu
almost 11 years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Lymph Nodes

Similar to the above person with a Shih-Tzu with bilateral swollen salivary glands, mine has that too. It was aspirated on both sides and confirmed to be salivary fluid. We actually thought it was lymph nodes and were surprised. I see you said Phenobarbital is the treatment and in researching it there doesn't seem to be a consensus on if its short term or a lifelong treatment? Also, she was confirmed to have Cushings at this time with 2 elevated liver enzymes and a high white blood count. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Phenobarbital has been indicated as treatment for some, but not all causes of salivary gland swelling; in cases of sialadenosis and necrotizing sialometaplasia for example, phenobarbital has shown improvement after treatment, although treatment regimen vary, three to six months have been indicated for treatment duration although I recommend you discuss this with your Veterinarian. Other causes of salivary gland swelling include surgical removal, antibiotics or steroids depending on the underlying cause of the swelling; again, your Veterinarian would be able to advise you better. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Do they do cat scans or sonograms on dogs faces ? Can this determine a glad issue , how do we not be guessing ?

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Oreo
Shih-Tzu
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump under his neck.

My shin tzu was diagnosed with this yesterday. But we're worried that he may suphocate or something. Can anything like that happen? The veternarian only gave him antibiotics. He doesn't want to eat, drink, and he Keeps shaking.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Oreo is unlikely to suffocate from a swollen salivary gland, but he doesn't sound like he is doing well, and I think he should probably be seen again if he isn't responding the way that is expected, whether you take him back to your veterinarian or seek a second opinion. Depending on the cause, salivary glands may respond to antibiotics, but may require surgery to correct.

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Munchie
Shih Tzu
12 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Large swelling on his neck

My shih had a salivary swelling on his neck and a few years ago he has surgery to remove it. A while later it came back. He has had this for a few years. Sometimes the swelling is firm. The vet put a needle in to drain it but nothing came out. I worry for him. If he's happy will he be ok

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Munchie myself I cannot give you any assurances; if the salivary gland was removed in the surgery then it would be a different structure which is swollen. If the swelling isn’t causing any issues I wouldn’t be too concerned but a biopsy may be useful to make a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thankyou for your advice and it is reassuring that if it isn't causing a problem I'm ok to leave it alone. But I will always keep checking it and as long as he's happy I can be to

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Sasha
Red-nose Pit bull
5 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Salivary Glands

My red nose pit throat and jaw was swollen I thought she had this but its been day 2 and her swelling went dog last night I looked up a lot about it and I following procedures because I was scared and crying for my dog and I have her in the cage away from the other dog because i didnt know if it was contagoues or not and I gave her dog food but I put it in fresh water to soften it just cause it said she might have trouble swallowing and I gave her lots of water also and this afternoon her swollen throat went down so now I don't know what it was or what was wrong with Her what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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So, from what I understand; Sasha had swelling in her throat region but it has now spontaneously resolved. If there are no visible symptoms, I would just monitor her for any changes and if the swelling returns visit your Veterinarian immediately so that they can take a fine needle aspirate to examine the contents and give Sasha the appropriate treatment. Salivary glands may be swollen, but there resolution is usually after surgical intervention; there are other structures around the throat that may swell like the thyroid or lymph nodes, but again spontaneous decrease in swelling doesn’t occur. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gaddye
Mixed
3 Years
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Had my dogs glands aspirated drained on 09-05/2017 but have noticed it's back again was put on antibiotics in pain medicine she doesn't seem to be in any pain but was told she might need them surgical removed will this be better then having them aspirated again not sure what to do if this keeps recurring don't want her to die as I love her so in should her vet do it as she stated to me she hasn't done one in years should I look around for someone who does this more often confused help needed greatly appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are concerned with your Veterinarian’s ability to perform the surgery, you can shop around for another Veterinarian. I would recommend finding an American College of Veterinary Surgeons certified Specialist which would have experience in similar surgeries. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.acvs.org/small-animal/salivary-mucocele

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Chelsea
Dachsund
10
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scratchy cough, throat clearing.

My dog just recently had her salivary gland removed...7 days ago. Today she has started this odd "coughing" like something is stuck in her throat. She seems perfect otherwise. Eats, plays and seems very happy. Could this be from the healing process? I worry with the coughing that she could hurt something inside or around her incision area.. thanks so much for your help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coughing is normally caused by salivary gland enlargement, not by removal of the salivary gland; in some cases removal of multiple salivary glands may cause the oral cavity and throat to be dry which may cause a cough but it uncommon. I’m not sure of a connection between the two, but after seven days the healing process is well on the way and shouldn’t be affected by coughing; if the cough persists, return to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks very much for the quick response. I was hoping itchy from healing. Always something to worry about with this girl...

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Mia
Yorkie
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry nose, blocked nose, scratching

My yorkie Terrier is 4 pounds she has been suffering rhinitis, blocked nose, dry nose, but most of all difficulties breathing. I noticed she would scratch with a vengeance under her chin and behind the ear. I noticed fluid build up behind her ears and around her neck and under chin. She even tries to pop her ears by opening her mouth. I can move the fluid by messaging the fluid in a downward motion then she will gasp and get air and her nose clears up

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Mia to be examined by your Veterinarian, there are many different causes for the symptoms you are describing which may include salivary gland disorders, lymphatic disorders among other causes; since Mia is having difficulty breathing, this should be treated as an emergency. Your Veterinarian may aspirate some fluid to determine the type of fluid present to assist with the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dr Turner, please understand Mia in in no danger. I have paid thousands of dollars having her examined. She is on many medication including an inhaler. I was hoping you may have an avenue I could investigate that would help her not that you haven’t already. The vets I have taken her to just keep saying allergies even though we have ran blood test, CT scans, Allergy test which she is allergic to people dander go figure 😔. However they have never suggested her salivary glands which I agree with you.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I truly appreciate it. I will continue my endeavour for my peanut.
Lisa

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Charlie
Maltese
11 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

mass on neck

Yesterday we had to put our dear sweet Charlie down, for what we were told that the same thing I am reading in all the posts above, a tear in his salivary gland, we had the same needle test. He had a large lump on the side of his jaw and side of his neck, his was not soft but hard. We were told about the surgery option and only went home with pain meds, to decide the next move. I want to say Charlie was like the other dogs here described, still active, happy and eating, otherwise seemed fine....but after his test and we went home, he was immediately different and deteriorating very fast, throwing up violently and large amount of mucus, choking, having a hard time breathing and shaking in pain. My heart was broke for him and I took him back, the vet said "he doesn't look good" and was suffering and now in his state, I was told he was no long a good candidate for surgery. I hated seeing him like that and had to put him out of the misery that he was in. I just couldn't believe this happened to him, he was a very vibrant little maltese and didn't deserve his last hours to be so brutal, he was so sick, he couldn't even stand and as I said was not in this state before the test. I ask the vet if the needle could have punctured anything in the lump to make it back up in him "very quickly" to the point he was choking on his vomit? She didn't think so but said there was no real way to know. Could you please tell me what you think could have happened to Charlie? He's no longer with us :( Thank you very much. Linda

Read more at: https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/swelling-salivary-gland

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Condolences on the loss of Charlie, it is traumatic to see such a turn in health so quickly which leads to the unfortunate. I cannot say whether the fine needle aspirate performed by your Veterinarian was the cause of the change in behaviour and symptoms; the neck is a complex area where there are many blood vessels, glands, nerves and other structures which need to be taken into account when performing a medical procedure. Generally in cases of swollen salivary glands, the gland is against the surface of the skin and it is easily punctured by a needle to obtain a sample for examination. Other possible causes for swelling in that general region are enlarged lymph nodes, abscesses or tumours; without a necropsy, it isn’t possible to know for sure what the swelling was and if any underlying structure was damaged. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Rhodesian Ridgeback
10 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen under jaw

My 10 month old Ridgeback has a softball size lump under her chin that was said to be salivary glands are plugged I can not at this time afford surgery can I just drain it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I legally and ethically cannot recommend you just drain it, if money is tight you should think about visiting a charity clinic or low cost clinic to have it looked at; depending on the specific problem sticking a needle in there may cause more problems that it solves. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
Dachshund
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lumps Under Skin

Medication Used

Phenomav

Hello,

For the past couple of months my 10 year old dachshund lily has had swollen glands. Our vet aspirated them and the results came back as swollen salivary glands. The vet suggested Phenomav to treat them (for approximately two months). Lily doesn't seem to be in any pain/having trouble chewing etc. does this sound like a normal prescription for excess saliva build up in the glands? Lily also has cushings disease and is medicated daily, if that makes any difference. Kind regards, Grace

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some conditions affecting the salivary glands can be treated with Phenobarbital (Phenomav) like sialadenosis (enlargement of the glands) and necrotizing sialometaplasia which normally show positive results; other conditions may require the removal of the salivary gland. If there is no discomfort and Lily can breathe and swallow, the problem maybe more cosmetic; monitoring the size would be ideal if you don’t decide to remove the gland. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 3 year old golden retriever developed a mass on the right side of her throat couple of months ago, we took him to the vet, he said it was the salivary gland, he gave us antibiotic and it disappeared after it! Now the mass is back again, doesnt hurt him, but i've been feeling he's been tired lately especially that he is hyperactive usually. the vet suggested antibiotics, but the gland is still there. It doesnt hurt him but he looks different, tired! Eventhough he s eating and drinking well.

What kind of antibiotics

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Toby
Jack Russell Terrier
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of energy
Trouble swallowing
Swelling

So today we noticed major swelling on the neck of our 9 year old Jack Russell Terrier. It was soft to the touch and we didn't see any bite marks on him. He is an outside dog as we live in a rural area and roams as he pleases and we've never had any health concerns with him other then his loss of fur in some spots due to allergy to fleas which is common in his breed. At about 4pm today his neck was abnormally swollen. We fed him some dry food and he ate it with some trouble but still had an appetite. He had normal breathing. He has been laying around today which is not normal for him. He is a very hyper dog and jumps and runs and this is different so we noticed his difference in behavior. This evening when I went to check on him at 9 pm the swelling in his neck has enlarged 3 times the size it was just 5 hours ago. You can now see the swelling from the left and right of his face almost like a tiny nerf football got jammed in his throat. We cannot afford to take him to the vet unfortunately but do not want him to be in discomfort and are wondering what can I give him if anything to feel more comfortable or reduce the swelling myself. I know this is hard for you to answer without having a Vet diagnose him and I have looked up all different types of swelling at this point online. It is a very progressive increase in swelling and I am wondering if he will survive the night at all. Would you have any advice for how long you think he might have to live so we can prepare our family? Or is this a take it day by day kinda thing? Will the swelling possibly just go away? A lot of what I am reading is that it could be cancer which could be anywhere from a week to 2 months to live, other things I am reading talk about swelling that can be drained but the dog will not necessarily recover fully. I am just wondering if a snake bit or insect bite could make this happen and then once it's out of his system he'll be okay as long as we keep him monitored, fed, and such? Any advice really is helpful. It doesn't look good either way I feel.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With the speed of growth of the swelling I would be suspecting more that the cause would be due to some type of bite or sting as cancer, salivary glands, thyroid glands etc… do not swell as fast in a short period of time (five hours). Some bites and stings may resolve without much incident but the lack of energy is most likely attributable to pain and a reduction in airflow due to extraluminal pressure on the trachea. I cannot give you any direct advice as the treatment varies depending on the underlying cause; I would suggest visiting a Veterinarian regardless, but you can try giving him Benadryl at 1mg/lb three times per day in case the swelling is due to an allergic reaction to a bite or sting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hicks
weimeraner
3 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My weimaraner has has a loss of appetite and exhibited coughing/choking so I went to the vet. They cleaned his ears and gave me an antibiotic and pills for fever (103). About 6 days later he developed two latteral lumps on the sides of his muzzle. He now has stronger antibiotics and more pills for fever (103.9). The lumps are the same size after 5 days, still occasionally vomits, has very little appetite and is lethargic. It is almost 2 weeks and I see no improvement?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fine needle aspiration of the lumps is important to determine whether the lumps are salivary glands, lymph nodes or fat; once the origin is determined, treatment may be directed. Salivary gland disorders, depending on the specific type of disorder may require surgical correction, antibiotics or phenobarbital; Sialadenosis is a bilateral swelling of the salivary glands and is typically treated with phenobarbital, since I cannot examine Hicks, I cannot tell you the specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-mouth-in-small-animals/salivary-disorders-in-small-animals

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Vlooi
Pekingese
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My dog, a Pekingese breed, has a swelling on the right side of his neck.
I took him to the vet and the swelling went away for a few weeks but came back again and he is licking furiously... So I was wondering if there is a research going on with this kind of problem and if there is a way the dog can get an operation for research purposes, I live in South-Africa, Western Cape. Thanks n advance for any advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of swelling affecting the neck of dogs which include salivary gland disorders, enlarged lymph nodes, thyroid disorders, abscesses among other causes. The specific structure which is enlarged and the etiology behind it would have a bearing on treatment; blocked salivary glands, infected salivary glands, cancer, infections, inflammation, hormonal conditions among other causes may be to blame and each one has a different treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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DJ
Boston Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My 7 year old Boston terrier was diagnosed with Zygomatic mucocele. I know he needs surgery. How critical is this and is time of the essence? Due to travel plans, we are hoping it is safe to schedule surgery in about 10 days.
Also, is the surgery performed by a specialist? My vet practice won't do it because of the proximity to his eye and they are looking into finding a practice for me. I just want to be sure that whoever they reccomend is qualified.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery is the treatment of choice for Zygomatic Mucocele, due to the location of the salivary gland there can be complications like exophthalmos (protrusion of the eyeball) if the gland swells too much; surgery is always preferred earlier rather than later but may be delayed as long as the gland is drained and doesn’t swell causing pain (by pressing on other structures). For the surgery, all Veterinarians are qualified to perform the surgery; however, due to the location and topographic anatomy of the area of the zygomatic salivary gland, some Veterinarians would refer the patient to a Veterinarian (General or Specialist) more experienced in surgery in that area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harry
Dachshund
11 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

My dog has been diagnosed with salivary cyst! He has a lump under his neck. So 4 months back the vet suggested to drain out the saliva, and a surgery happened for the same. my dog reovered well. But now a lump is visible again. He is too old to be operated again. What would you suggest? Can he live a normal life with the lump?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are two main courses of treatment: continued drainage or removal of the salivary gland. If there is no other symptoms or discomfort associated with the lump it may be best to leave it be; but if there is a mass it may be worth having it removed, Harry may still be a good candidate for surgery (he had surgery just four months ago) he will just need to have pre anaesthetic blood tests and close peri operative management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willie
Airedale Terrier
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt

Medication Used

vetprofen chew
enroflozacin 68 mg, optixcare eye

Airedale 6 years old. Eating and drinking normally. In the evening after eating he started holding his head on the left. No shaking of head, would not let me examine his mouth or ears. I was concerned that he would not let me exam him. He is very compliant not like him at all. I took him to the emergency vet. Of course this behavior started after midnight Saturday night. On examination they said he had neurological deficit. (no eye blink on right side) The emergency vet implied that it was cancer and x rayed his lungs. Lungs were clear. Sent me home with some pain medicine and to arrange an MRI on Monday. They did not take an x ray his head. Sunday he deteriorated would not eat would not move his head from the left side. Took him to my regular vet Monday morning took him to my vet who did an x-ray. of his head and neck. By Monday morning the entire right side of his head and neck below the ear was swollen. (I have had an Airedale get bit by a copper head, it was not that type of swelling) Could not see any foreign objects. He would not let them examine him. The xray should nothing illuminating. I went home thinking that I would have to put him down as he was getting more and more lethargic.
Monday afternoon I took him into another vet with the request to euthanize him. When she walked in he screamed in pain before she got close to him. She had not even touched him. She asked if she could sedate him first to see if she could see what was happening and she is quite familiar with my dogs and had neutered him the year before . ( This is an Airedale, they never show pain unless it is EXTREME. I could touch him but he would not open his mouth or eat so we could not give him the pain medicine we had from the emergency vet.) She sedated him and then called us back to show us that he had blood and puss in his ear and his salivary gland was enlarged. And he could not blink his right eye and the lower skin fold were slack and had no tension on them. just hanging down. He stayed at the vets for three days on iv antibiotics and fluids as he was not eating or drinking. She took a swab to send off for identification of bacterial infection and to determine what antibiotics would work on the growth from the swab. The result came back ecoli with sensitvity to more than on antibiotcs.

It is now three weeks later and the swelling and most of the draingin had supe sided. though he always has salivary goop on his lower lip. He still has some liquid looks like mostly serum coming out of his ear. He is still on antiobiotcs has been home since the 4th day the treatment started.

My question is on reading about Salivary Gland and Ear infections it seems that this may reoccur. Though I have also had some anecdotal information that over time the nerve would regenerate and he should get his eye blink back and perhaps will gain control of his lower
lip.

We are not sure where the infection started in the salavry gland or in the ear. I don't think it was the ear as I did not observe any order, but I think I noticed this as it was just getting full blown and before it was really bothering the Airedale Willie.

I'm trying to figure out if he might have cancer in his salivary gland with a secondary infection. The ear is still oozing and we think the ear drum was compromised. Cant seem to get the ear canal to dry up.
Any thoughts on what I may need to look out for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The droopy eye may be attributable to Horner’s Syndrome (or similar pathogenesis) which can be chalked up to the ear infection, if the middle ear is affected it can affect a nerve which pass through which innervates the lower eyelid on the affected side. As for the other issues, recurrence is possible, but vigilance and regular checking you can nip future issues in the bud; if the salivary gland is causing issues, surgical excision is an option whilst he is still young (but is extreme prevention) and regular checks of the ear(s) is easy to do if they are not inflamed. You should speak with your Veterinarian about a specific plan for Willie as they have examined him and know him best, make sure that the ear canal is clean and I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian again to sedate him and check his ears thoroughly to check on progress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cliff
American Pit Bull Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Our dog Cliff just came from the Vet. What we thought was swelling of the salivary gland, we are still unsure of. An xray was done and blood work taken but the lump seems to be primarily blood. What this could mean is there is a tumor attached to an artery or vein, which would not be good. Have you ever seen a swollen salivary gland that wasn't confirmed with an xray and turned out to be just that. We are hoping this is the case.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Salivary gland swelling can be difficult to determine on x-ray and usually an ultrasound is more useful for diagnosis. Salivary gland swelling may be caused by trauma, foreign bodies, infections etc… Depending on the location of the salivary gland, there may be other structures adjacent to the salivary gland which may be swollen and may give the appearance of salivary gland swelling; these may be lymph nodes or other glands. There is a tumour called a Hemangiosarcoma which is a tumour of the blood vessels; again, an ultrasound would be a useful diagnostic tool, aspiration of the swelling is contraindicated if Hemangiosarcoma is suspected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emily
terrier
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Hi my short haired terrier dog has a swollen neck (right under her right ear down to her shoulder) after being bitten by a larger dog. No puncture wounds though at all. She is eating ok and drinking. it is a bit sore if we touch it but not overly so. We do not have any money to bring her in to the vet right now and we don't qualify for care credit. Should I just see if it will lessen the swelling on its own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst a wait and see approach may be taken, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost since infection and other issues may cause complications later on; there are many sensitive structures in the neck which may lead to a variety of issues. The swelling in the neck may be due to lymph or other fluid and without an examination I cannot say for sure if Emily would be alright. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
14 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I went to the vet today because my dog has a swollen lump around her neck and jaw and the lump grew over the past two days. The vet did a full exam and then thought that the lump was caused by her salivary gland. She prescribed antibiotics and a non-steroidal antiinflammatory. The vet wanted us to come back tomorrow to see a more experienced vet who can perform and ultra sound tomorrow. I asked the vet if we could just see how my dog progresses, and she said that would be fine, but after reading about salivary glands online it sounds like these issues don't resolve without drainage/surgery, so I'm feeling very unsettled. She did remove some fluid to examine under the microscope but said there wasn't much fluid to drain. She also didn't seem to be 100% certain that it was the salivary gland, which is why she wanted us to return tomorrow to see the other vet and get an ultrasound, although from reading online it sounds like and ultrasound isn't necessary.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Lumps on the neck or jaw may originate from the salivary glands, lymph nodes, thyroid gland or an abscess to name a few. The shape and dispersion of the lump will help in the diagnosis. Any lump growing in the neck region may cause additional problems if the respiratory tract or oesophagus is obstructed. If your original Veterinarian wasn’t 100% sure, I would return tomorrow for a second opinion to ensure Ruby is receiving the right treatment. An ultrasound may not be necessary if the second Veterinarian is able to identify the origin of the lump. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Agree with brainbug dogs are not stuffed animals. If she cant go to the vet for worms then she will be the kinf of person who cant afford to spay her dog and think oh puppies are cute and the problem and cycle of shitty dog owners continues. She needs pet insurance for $45 /month ahe can be covered for almost everything and if she cant afford $45 then 100% has no business owning a dog. Worms and growths and green guck at 6 weeks? Also she didnt get this dog from a breeder or anyone reputable because 6 weeks is far to young to leave the mom. Babygangster (the name pretry much sums it up) find a good home for your dog someone who can afford to keep it healthy and happy and do it soon. No one wants your 1 year old dog filled with medical and behavioural problems that will most likely be put to sleep.

That's not nice to say! Everyone deserves a chance to have a pet even if your income isn't as great as others. I myself have 2 Rottweilers and my male is once again sick with swollen gland. I spent $600 already in care for him and now I have to go again. I understand the frustration on the vet bills if you can afford it take your puppy if not find help or do what I see many do make a go fung me account there is people willing to help. As for my Drex I will only ask for prayers god bless you all and your pets.

The person above has no business owning a dog if you can't afford care. Give to a adoption agency please and don't let the poor dog suffer cause of your choices

My puppy is only 6 weeks old and is swollen below his jaw , i cant afford to take him to a vet , if i dont get this treated is he going to die ? also , im pretty sure he has worms , he has a horrible equilibrium and has alot of green gunk around his eyes i dont know what to do

What causes the skin on your neck

My 2 yr old English bulldog had marsupialization surgery twice within 30 days. About 45 days after the last one, he had to have total salivary gland removal which costed $3800 in Los Angeles, CA. He's home after an overnight stay in the hospital and seems to be doing just fine 48 hours after surgery.

I can relate to what Ruby's mom is going through. Everything we read here to do with the salivary gland swelling indicates that fluid should be able to be withdrawn from the area, and fluid was not present. My dog is presenting the same symptoms, lump was aspirated no fluid, no cancer cells, some salivary cells. The vet still thinks it is the salivary gland. He put my dog on an antibiotic for 10 days with no difference. Now he wants to try a seizure medicine phenobarb to reduce the swelling. I just don't know what to do.

I'm heart broken! My Lucy is 14 years old Jack Russell and, she developed this swelling on the salivating gland.
The vet drained it 2 times already and the lump is back again and bigger! Also, she was diagnosed with Cushing disease and She is being treated with the Vetoryl 10, I need to take her again to the vet for blood work, monitoring how the vetoryl is working. I lost my job a month ago and, I'm putting my house for sale. I don't want her put her down! My question for the Vet is, can she have the saliva glands remove safety? Last week the vet drained it with a syringe and the lump is bigger now!
Please help!
Thank you!

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Mia
Yorkshire Terrier
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Chronic sinusitis

Hi there. I have a Tiny Yorker that has been suffering from chronic sinusitis. My poor baby constantly has a dry nose and her throat feels like jello under her chin up to her ears. She constantly scratches at them. Her ears also swell. I have ran every test including CT scan and all they have concluded is this chronic sinusitis. They had her on strong steroid, antibiotics, and two antihistamines. I've since gotten her off the steroid. She still suffers by sneezing sometimes a woogie so thick I have to pull it out. She also coughs always when she drinks, which I aliviated by getting a hamster bottle. She gets snot bubbles coming out of her nose all the time. My poor sweet baby. I truly believe it's her glands as they get very large and hard. What do you think ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot say whether Mia’s salivary glands are swollen or there is another cause (lymph nodes, abscess or other); chronic sinusitis can be frustrating as there are almost an infinite number of allergens and irritants which may affect the sinuses causing discharge, sneezing and discomfort. If the swelling isn’t affecting Mia’s ability to eat, drink and breathe; you can wait until Monday to speak with your Veterinarian otherwise if there is a problem to breathe it may be best to visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
9.5
Moderate condition
3 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Snoring

Medication Used

Phenobarbital
Prednisone

I have a Shih Tzu who has swollen salivary glands in the neck area, bilaterally. We have seen 2 veterinarians and have ruled out lymphoma. My dog has no fever, and aspirations and blood work have shown no infection, no elevated white blood cell count, only normal/negative results/findings. The glands swelled suddenly about a month ago and Lola is having issues with excessive snoring (although this has gotten better) but now she has a decrease in strength and energy. She has been drinking a ton of water and her appetite is fine...better than fine. I attribute this to the prednisone she has been on, but she has tapered off the prednisone (originally she had just 3 doses of 20mg, then 3 doses of 10mg, about a week-week and a half at 5mg, then a week or so at 2.5mg and finally 2.5mg every other day for about 4 doses. All was taken QD).
Bottom line.....none of the vets we have seen or that have been consulted with by those that have seen her, can figure out what is going on. They are puzzled that the condition is bilaterally and that she seems to have no abnormalities on tests. She is now being treated with phenobarbital but so far it is not helping to reduce the swelling. Do you have any idea what could be happening..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As I started to read your question my mind jumped immediately to sialadenosis which is a non-inflammatory, non-neoplastic, (usually) bilateral enlargement of the mandibular salivary gland(s). The treatment for sialadenosis is Phenobarbital which Lola is currently receiving. I will assume that both Veterinarians correctly identified that the structure that is swelling is the salivary glands and not lymph nodes or another other structure. From the information you have provided I am unable to think of any other cause or reason for this swelling. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello, My 3yr old Shih Tzu Socrates has issues very similar to the dachshund of Kate G. Socrates is a 10.5 lb male that gets these small pea sized lumps on either side of his throat(hes got them now) that the vet said are saliva glands that have swollen up, the swelling comes and goes with no apparent reason and he said it's nothing to really worry about.. A quick background: Socrates doesn't snore, when he gets really wound up running, playing he might sneeze then wretch a couple times like he's got food caught in his throat, We've been trying to figure out an allergy prob he has had for a yr(hot spot in rear leg crease, yeast smell by toenails on front feet, small bumps on forehead and back which vet said were part of allergy symptoms). Antibiotics seem to knock it out for a time but ultimately comes back.. I'm very hesitant giving him meds unless absolutely necessary also, is there anything about this condition life threatening if left untreated?? I mean he is our "child" and I want to do the right thing here.. Thank You

I would be hesitant to start phenobarbital also when he is doing okay. My dachshund, age 5, also has marble size swellings on both sides of his neck. The vet said they're salivary glands. No tests yet as he's not bothered by them other than he sneezes a lot and acts like there's something caught in his throat when he's excited. No treatment right now. Since Nov he is also having skin problems, dandruff, itching and now small bumps on his back and sides where you can scrape off layers of dead skin. He also licks his legs all the time where the skin is dry. This they feel is caused by allergies. He gets a steroid shot every 2 months and antibiotics for 10 days at the same time. Plus the vet has him on a special non sudsy shampoo with a weekly bath. Funny how all this started in November.

Hi, my pet was diagnosed with sialadenosis as well (all biospies, aspirations and lymph exams done - it's 100% sialadenosis), but his salivary gland swelling is only the size of a large globe grape. It doesn't affect him in any way, nor does it hurt when touched. He snorts/retches when excited, but only for a moment. He is otherwise completely normal.

I'm hesitant to put him on Phenobarbital since he has no symptoms. Is Sialadenosis dangerous to leave untreated??

My dog had that too.... My vet prescribed apoquel... Took care of the problem.. Fairly quickly

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Layla
Labrador Retriever
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lumps Under Skin

Medication Used

Rimadyl, Docusate Sodium & Clavamox

When petting my y almost 12 year old boxer/lab yesterday I felt a large, rock hard golf ball sized lump under her jaw (submandibular gland). I took her to the vet today and they did an aspiration but almost nothing came out. The consistency of the small amount he was able to remove was very thick, almost cheesy. We are now waiting for test results. The vet mentioned that blocked salivary gland and tumor are the most likely culprits. We are treating for blocked salivary gland while awaiting test results. Any other diagnoses you can suggest? And any other tests that might be helpful in determining what this is?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lymph nodes, tumours, lipomas and abscesses may swell in close proximity to the submandibular salivary gland. Usually a blockage of the salivary gland would lead to a diffuse spread of saliva. If a cheesy substance was aspirated from the mass, it may be an abscess or a tumour. A biopsy or an ultrasound would be the next diagnostic methods to try next. Sending a biopsy sample for histopathology would be a useful diagnostic tool and would give an indication for treatment; otherwise, surgical excision of the mass and connected structures may be done and then sent for histopathological analysis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simon
Chihuahua
3 1/2 yrs
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My little chihuahua came to me at 1 yr old and the glands on both sides were noticeable small pea sized lumps, tests all normal. in 2 1/2 yrs, both have continued to grow, vets said not lymphoma, each believed salivary glands, nothing to do really, watch their growth. They are now the size of large almonds, both sides. Is it possible it may be a genetic abnormality that can grow into cancer esp. If the nodes on my dog's back legs are equally growing and swollen?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each side is believed to be salivary glands, no biopsy or fine needle aspirate was done to determine the actual origin of the swelling; now the lymph nodes on the hind limbs (popliteal lymph nodes) are swollen. Swelling of the lymph nodes may be caused by cancer, infection, inflammation, immune-mediated disease or allergens. I would recommend getting a biopsy or fine needle aspirate and have it to be sent to a Veterinary Pathologist for diagnosis; your Veterinarian may be able to determine from the sample if the swelling from around the neck originates from salivary glands or lymph nodes. Additionally, blood counts would also be useful in determining a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dexter
9 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lump
Sneezing

My dogs lump has been changing randomly from soft to rock hard but never seems to bother him. He acts normal and even lets us touch it, so I'm guessing it doesn't hurt him. His vet has prescribed antibiotics and anti inflammatory meds for over 4 months now. A teeth cleaning and tooth extraction was also done in this time hoping it would help. The vet suggested seeing a specialist for possible surgery to remove the gland. He's recently started having sneezing attacks multiple times a day, not sure if it's related. I'm wondering if there's a way to drain it before going the surgery route? Cost of treatment for draining and surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The structure you are describing sounds like the parotid salivary gland; however, there are other structures in the same area which may cause swelling like lymph nodes and tumours from soft tissues. Normally, a fine needle aspirate is taken (using a regular needle and syringe) to determine the contents of the mass; if there are irregularities on the aspirate, a sample may be sent for cytology. Regarding the sneezing, usually masses around the throat provoke a cough and not a sneeze, it may not be related. Draining the mass is possible if it is a swollen salivary gland; but if it is a lymph node or tumour, drainage wouldn’t be possible. Regarding cost, I am unable to comment since costs vary widely depending on your Veterinarian, location and tests, length of surgery and aftercare needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lump

Our Pug had a plugged salivary gland. The surgeon suggested doing a marsupial stitch, to let the mucous and saliva drain down his throat, which it has. This was three days ago. He is energetic and happy. Now he has developed a rock hard lump under his jaw line. He is currently on his antibiotics still, and I believe meds for swelling, but off his pain meds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lumps and swelling from salivary gland issues are usually soft. The development of a rock hard lump below his jaw may be caused by a few different causes and may be the mandibular lymph node; your Veterinarian would be able to take a fine needle aspirate of the lump to determine the contents and the type of cells present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lump
Redness

Our dog has a lump on one side of her neck that had become infected especially as she would scratch it in its early stages, before we realized what was happening. After the first visit to the vet, who suspected it was a salivary gland infection, she was fatigued and had very little energy or will as it became worse. However, the vet in question had also picked out a type of cone/neck brace that pressed on the lump and made her very uncomfortable and unable to sleep. After changing it to a more traditional cone and allowing her to get more rest, she responded very well to the antibiotics (which she is still taking) and has since regained her liveliness. Behaviorally, she is back to normal, eats well, and does not make more coughing or snuffling noises than a dog normally does. The lump is still very much present, but has become smaller. Do you think this still looks like a salivary gland infection? Does it seem like she is on a solid road to recovery or is the problem just being staved off temporarily by the antibiotics (i.e. is it likely that she will need surgery to fix it)?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The origin of the lump would give an indication to the cause. In the neck near the jaw there are salivary glands, lymph nodes, other glands as well as the chance of abscessation from trauma or internal foreign bodies. The easiest course of action would be to perform a fine needle aspirate of the lump to determine the contents and to look microscopically at the type of cells inside which would tell you the origin as well as the type of process causing the lump. If the lump was due to Sialadenitis (inflammation of the salivary gland which is uncommon in dogs) it would respond to antibiotics. I would allow the course of antibiotics to finish and to monitor the size of the lump for changes. If the lump starts to grow in size again, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bandit
Beagle Harrier
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My beagle puppy was outside and got his mouth caught on a wire. The wire was poking under his tongue and as be was trying to pull away it was pushing down on the bottom of his mouth. After I got him off there was not blood or a cut but a red dot then later in the night the outside of his jaw was swollen and he was in pain. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to rinse out Bandit’s mouth if you can, but this type of injury you should visit your Veterinarian since the risk of secondary infection and other complications is high (just like in humans). You Veterinarian will give pain relief as well as prophylactic antibiotics since infection is a risk in these situations; this isn’t something to wait and see at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Our Nala is having a sort of gland coming out her mouth (on the right side) and her tongue is pending/coming out on the other side. The gland is soft at touching and it doesn't seem to hurt her. The only thing that is bothering me is that she cannot eat properly...she has to bend her head on the left to catch the food and the same thing happen for water. Unfortunately, her vet is having health problem and cannot receive us for the time being. So I have consulted another vet for advice, have shown her some pictures of the problem and she prescribed Flagyl 250mg (1 in the morning for 5 days) and Celestene 2mg (1 at night for 5 days).
Can you please advice. I am quite worried for my baby.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The medications prescribed by your other Veterinarian are an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic. The causes of a lesion that you describe may be due to infection, inflammation, cancer or an epulis. The correct identification of the lesion is important for the treatment, a biopsy to determine the origin or surgical removal would be the best course of action. For the meantime, ensuring that Nala remains hydrated and fed can be difficult and if she is having problems eating and drinking, we need to be cautious for aspiration pneumonia. If it will be a long time before you can see your usual Veterinarian, I recommend visiting another Veterinarian for an examination (not just a photo) and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bauer
Brittany (Spaniel)
10 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
Poor Appetite

My 10 year old Brittany who has always been in excellent health as a canine athlete has been "drooly" and slightly lethargic over the past couple weeks. Two days ago I noticed a large swelling under his bottom rear jaw and we went to vet who did a fine needle aspiration and mentioned possibility of lymphoma (although no other lymph nodes are presenting as swollen) or muscle mass/tumor in that region pushing on the salivary gland and lymph node. This morning he did not want to eat. Is there anything I can be doing instead of just waiting for the lab results to come in at the end of the week? Would a scan or x-ray reveal any additional or better information than the fine needle aspiration?

How could one differentiate between simply a salivary cyst or salivary gland issue vs. a more serious lymphoma or cancerous growth?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst you’re waiting for the lab results to come back, you can only ensure that Bauer is eating and remaining hydrated. An x-ray would only reveal a mass in the neck next to the jaw; an ultrasound may reveal the structure that is enlarged, but it wouldn’t give a cause of the enlargement. A fine needle aspiration will reveal the type of cells present which will tell your Veterinarian the structure where the cells originated from as well as the pathological morphology (cell shapes, size, intracellular inclusions et…) that will lead your Veterinarian to a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Indiana
Malamute
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lump on neck.

My 4 year old malamute has a lump on her throat and I was told it is from a leaking salivary gland after a fine needle aspiration was done. They suggested surgery which I am not crazy about. This is a 154 lb dog and I am worried about surgery for him. Could this just be left alone if it does not seem to bother him or is this going to get consistently worse. Is draining
this not an option as it would be much less invasive. Please advise. Thanks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without seeing Indiana and knowing more details about the mass, I can't comment on what the appropriate therapy might be. If you are not sure that surgery is a necessity, it might be a good idea to seek a second opinion. It never hurts to have more thoughts on treatment options or possibilities, and either talking with your veterinarian about different options and the risks vs benefits of surgery or seeking another opinion may bring up alternatives. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Bobby
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lump

My daschund was diagnosed with an infected salivary gland a couple weeks ago and prescribed antibiotic and prednisone. The lump did not go away so the vet tried aspirating it but nothing came out. Our daschund was placed on a stronger antibiotic and additional steroid. The lump is bigger. I am worried this may be something worse. My daschund seems happy and is eating, but now he is snorting a lot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. If the lump is increasing in size, I would recommend an ultrasound to check exactly where the lump is originating from and the structure / density inside. After I would decide if the course of treatment needed to be changed or if surgical intervention is required. There are four salivary glands in dogs in different locations, the location of the swelling would indicate the salivary gland but also may have other structures adjacent to it (like lymph nodes) where the swelling may be originating from. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

where are these 4 salivary glands mentioned ? that would help. can you show on a dog pic ?

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Blaze
pit bull terrier
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog was attacked by the neighbors loose pit bull he had a lot of puncture wounds on the left side of his face in his mouth and left eye his nose was also bleeding as well. This happened the day before thanksgiving. Tonight's I noticed his skin hasn't tightened back up on that side and I started feeling his neck where he was bit in multiple different places when I noticed there is big lump On the same left side under his jaw I would say It's about the size of a dollar coin and it's firm but doesn't seem to be painful... could the dog have ruptured his gland ? And wat other symptoms would I notice if that's what happened ? He seems fine?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different issues which may have occurred here, but with salivary gland rupture we see a diffuse swelling in the area not a lump appearing; I would be more concerned with an abscess or other type of infection which would need aggressive antibiotic treatment and possibly surgical drainage. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Doggie
Poodle
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Fever
Fluid Bulge on Neck

Medication Used

Baytril, steriods

Hi

Around a year ago I noticed a small lump on my dogs neck, and I freaked out and took him to the vet. The vet didn't feel anything, and was confused, but suggested that I do some Xrays. We did, and the xrays came back inconclusive, so I had my vet do a fine needle aspirate of the lump, and that came back negative. So around February, My vet then treated the lump as an infection and it almost went away completely. Everything was fine untill about the end of June, when the lump started coming back, except that this time, it just kept growing and growing. I took him back to to the vet, and again, we were given more antibiotics, and that helped, and the lump got smaller,but didnt go away. My vet recommened that I take him to a specialist, who immediately, with out even doing any testing, said it was cancer (Of course I am skeptical at this point, because this is the 2nd vet to say that), and of course recommends this very expensive treatment. I start doing my own research considering this treatment and can come across some literature for mucocelles, and a light bulb clicks.
What genuinely has me convinced that this is a mocucelle, is that the a few weeks ago, my dog was playing with my other dog, and some how the other dog hit the bulge. My poodle then began to wimper for a little bit, and for the next two days he had trouble breathing, but you could see the bulge just losing its volume, as if his body had re-absorbed the fluid. I then took him to the vet again,for more anti bitoics,and was also given steriods, and by the end of the week, the lump was gone. (Just to recap,the lump was a fluid sac the size of a small grape fruit, and then there was nothing) . Unfortunately though, that did not last long, and by the end of the next week the fluid was filling again. Today its back to the grape fruit size.

My understanding from the literature is that an ultrasound is used diagnose these pharyngeal mucocelles, and that surgery with removal of the damaged glands is the recourse, However, out of 4 vets that have seen my dog, none has even brought this up, and it seems that everyone has the C word at the tip of their tongues, except for my awesome primary vet.
I would like to take my dog to a vet that has experience with these types of mucoceles and who has experience removing them to get an opinion from him before I decide to spend 3k plus on an MRI, since from what I have read an ultra sound is what is used to diagnose this.
Is there anyone on these boards that can recommend a vet with experience in this condition any where in southern california.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many structures in the neck that may become enlarged presenting as a lump; there are salivary glands, lymph nodes, thyroid glands, lipomas, tumours, abscesses (from infections) etc… Usually in this type of case, palpation of the lump (as well as the area on the opposite side of the body) is performed first, followed by x-rays, ultrasound and fine needle aspiration. Usually, a fine needle aspirate would give a definitive diagnosis of the structure and the condition; failing that a biopsy of the tissue may be taken to send to a Veterinary Pathologist for diagnosis (although in most cases just removing the salivary gland as a whole and sending it for Histopathology is usually done). Salivary mucoceles are common in dogs and any Veterinarian would have experience with them, I haven’t examined Doggie so I cannot comment on any other symptoms or signs your Veterinarians have seen. Surgical excision is the usual treatment in cases of salivary mucocele. I would recommend taking another fine needle aspirate to see if this time it leads to a more conclusive result as well as an ultrasound. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Doggie’s owner:
Did you find a specialist in Southern California?
My Pippy had a small lump, which her vet said is her salivary gland now 2 weeks later it became huge overnight. Her vet put her on antibiotics and anti inflammatory and it’s isn’t getting better. Her vet did not seem confident in doing surgery if needed and I would like to find a specialist.

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Tyson
Labrador
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog had a fight after that he developed the sac like thing under his neck veterian removed the fluid from it and gave antibiotics but after 2 months it has developed again, please suggest what to do ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I cannot see Tyson or determine what the cause of the swelling is, the best thing to do would be to have him rechecked by your veterinarian, as they will be able to look at him, determine what is happening, and let you know what the best treatment for him is.

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Razor
Chihuahua
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

see above

Medication Used

Antibiotics

My 6 year old, 8 pound, chihuahua/terrier mix I adopted 4 months ago had 18 teeth removed 3 weeks ago due to being rotted/damaged. A week after the dental surgery, he developed what his vet referred to as salivary mucocelle. It was in the back of his mouth, looked like it was coming from his gum and was so large it would pop out of the side of his mouth, then pop back in (looked like a balloon with little blood vessels). His vet drained it and hoped that would end the problem. A few days later it came back, just as big. His vet scheduled him for surgery this Friday. However, this morning he was very lethargic, not eating or drinking, so I took him back. They did the surgery - removing the mucocele only.

My question is, did the dental surgery cause this?
Thanks so much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The possible causes of salivary mucocele are usually due to trauma, inflammation or other damage (from chewing objects etc…). It isn’t possible to directly link the teeth removal with the development of a mucocele but damage to the soft tissues surrounding the salivary glands may have caused damage to the ducts or gland, but is unlikely due to there location in relation to the gum line. Many times the exact cause for a salivary mucocele isn’t found and surgical removal is carried out successfully. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hawk
Catahoula Cur
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite
Swelling

Medication Used

Doxycycline

My dog started coughing after he ate one evening, didn't throw up, but coughed up a bunch of something like spit.. Had the same thing happen when he had a uri, so I called the vet and got some antibiotics. Two mornings later I found a good sized lump on his throat just under the jawline. Took him in and was told it looked like his salivary gland and was probably irritated when he was playing at the dog park a four days prior. It's been 2 weeks on antibiotics and it's still there.. One night it felt way softer, next morning firmer then night before although softer again today. He has started to not want to eat. Considering I had to buy him a slowfeeder this is worrying me, although maybe he's tired of his food? He'll eat it out of my hand or in a toy where he pushes it around to drop food but not out of a bowl, even if I put plain yogurt in it and he loves yogurt. Energy is still good and it's not painful to the touch. The vets tell me the lump feels softer and not worried about the eating but it's worrisome to me. I guess I mostly want to ask if you think the appetite is possibly from this? And should the lump be gone by now? Almost out of antibiotic. He's supposed to go to a board and training in a few days, was told he'll be ok to go with the lump, do you agree? I thank you for any advise

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different problems of the salivary glands that may cause them to swell including trauma, infection, mucus accumulation or tumours. Any mass in the neck may cause vomiting if it irritates the oesophagus; try feeding Hawk small portions of wet food to see if that is appetising for him. If the swelling hasn’t reduced with antibiotic therapy, it is possible that Hawk has a salivary mucocele which wouldn’t respond to antibiotics and would require surgery to resolve. Other causes may be a cyst, abscess or swelling of another structure in the neck; a fine needle aspirate would determine the type of cells in the lump that would lead to the primary cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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mika
Mixed
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

pain in swollen area
swollen gland

Medication Used

none

my 6 month old puppy mika who is bullmastiff part american bulldog has a swollen gland my mom who use to be a medical assistant examined it and said it was probably because they have been getting into rotten garbage etc she was walking around earlier and my dog she is very clumsy and i dont think she can see very well and she hit the swollen side of her face on the door way and started yelping blood curdling yelps and its very bad plus i dont think my parents would listen if i said she needs to go to the vet keep in mind i am only 12 my parents dont usually listen to me and i need advice also need to know if you could find out the cause i can keep in touch if you need to ask questions also they have been around neighbor male dogs and dont have their shots and are no fixed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without physically examining Mika, I am unable to give you a diagnosis as there are a few different structures around the neck which may be affected including salivary glands, lymph nodes, thyroid etc… If it is salivary gland swelling: depending on the type of salivary gland problem, medication or surgery would be required; I cannot tell you the best course of treatment as an examination and possibly a fine needle aspirate is needed to make a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.acvs.org/small-animal/salivary-mucocele
www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-mouth-in-small-animals/salivary-disorders-in-small-animals

fortunately we went to the vet today because the swelling had spread to her neck and above her eye there was a puncture wound and inside the wound was a hay seed the vet took it out and immediately blood and puss started pouring out sadly they had to sedate her clean the puss out and then clean with saline solution and now my poor puppy has to be on medication , have big holes in her face and neck with drains in them , and a clinic cone and she is draining all over the place poor thing

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Charlie
Mixed lab
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen neck/chin

my 12 year old dog developed a sac under her neck/chin. Vet confirmed it was saliva, drained it, gave her antibiotics just in case and we scheduled surgery. For the next week it began to grow back but then started getting small again. 3 weeks later it is almost non existant. Can you advise if this is normal?? Thanks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Salivary gland problems don't typically resolve on their own, for sure. If it was an abscess, the antibiotics may have resolved the infection and cleared up the problem. It would be a good idea to follow up with your veterinarian, as they may want to extend the antibiotics out to be careful, once they examine it.

Hi my shih tzu had hi saliva gland removed but unfortunately it has returned and he now has a massive swelling on his neck. He recently went for his anual check up and the very young vet put a needle in and tried to drain it but nothing came out my dog is ok but I do worry xx

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Cabella
German shepherd pit bull
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on neck and chin

Medication Used

Clindamycin
Rimadyl
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My dog has a very poor immune system in her mouth. Her gums get easily infected and don’t heal very well, resulting in a total of 11 teeth being removed thus far at the age of 3. After seeing a handful of vets and dentist specialist, having x-rays, a culture of the infections, a biopsy, the only solution i have gotten is to double her antibiotics in hopes an infection doesn’t keep reoccurring. 2 weeks ago she had one of the back molars removed and a front fang. 2 days ago I left for work and didn’t notice anything wrong with her, 8 hours later when I came home from work her neck had a large lump on it and under her chin also had a lump. The lump on her neck felt soft and was filled with fluid the lump under her chin was hard. I rushed her to a vet (not her regular one because they were closed) she didn’t really do anything just touch it and seemed confused as to what it might be. She sent me home with clindamycin, rimadyl, and clavamox. She was already taking amoxicillin from the teeth extractions and was given 60 days worth of it. She told me to stop the amocicillin and not to resume it because it’s unnecessary(although I feel different with her medical history,I’ll ask the dentist what he suggests on this). Anyway the swelling the neck went down after just one dose and is almost gone now. However her chin still has a decent sized lump(smaller than before) and is still firm to touch. It’s under the molar that was removed. So I guess my intimate question is from my description does it sound like a salivary gland or possibly and issue with the tooth. I’ve dealt with a lot of infections in her mouth so I’m very familiar with the symptoms. There’s no sign of anything, everything smells fine. I’m just not confident in the vet that I saw due to her lack of examination and a second option would be great before I go spend another couple hundred dollars at yet another vet. If it is the salivary gland is it even possible for the antibiotics to cause it to go down like it has been? Im just really worried that it could be more serious and I have no idea. Any advise would help! Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that she had a salivary gland infection, given the location that you describe, and those can respond quite well to antibiotics. Without seeing her, however, it isn't possible for me to say for sure. I'm not sure that you need to spend hundreds of dollars to get another opinion, although I do understand that you and Cabella have been through a lot. If the swelling under her molar does not resolve on the current course of treatment, it would be best to have it examined. I hope that everything goes well for her.

Hi i noticed ur article was almost 4 weeks ago. I wonder if your dog still has his neck/chin swollen with lumps? I hope he is better now. Would be great and i will really appreciate if you could share with me how he gets better i really hope he does. My Italian greyhound still having his neck swollen with firm lumps. Thank you so much

Hi reading this article is very helpful because my 13 years old italian greyhound has exactly same problem with his neck and chin exactly as you describe. He has a big lump swollen on his side face down his neck and the vet gave him antibiotic thru injection and after few days the swollen down and fluid come out but now our concerned is the hard lump on his neck still there and some fluid still coming out. The vet stop giving him antibiotic but we will go back tonight because we think he still needs it until this swollen will totally gland. He is old so his teeth is not good anymore the vet instruct us to put a little (wipe) mouth wash on his teeh twice a day. (human mouth wash) bactidol. and it helps vet said do not brush his teeth anymore.

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Barney
Jack Russell Terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Salava drainage from bite wound on n

My jrt was in a dog fight and has a punture wound on his throat. The bleeding has stopped but salava keeps draining from the bit mark. It has slowed down some and not as much drainage as yesterday. What should we do ? We gave him penicillin and cleaned the wound. Thanks in advance for your help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dog bite wounds can get infected very quickly, and penicillin is not a highly effective antibiotic for most of the bacteria that might be involved. If the bite punctured any salivary or underlying structures in his throat, he may need further care. It would be best to have Barney seen by a veterinarian to have the wound assessed and have any medications that might be needed prescribed for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Jake
Boston Terrier
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Salivary Glands

Medication Used

steroids
Antibiotics

My dog has swollen salivary glands, vet gave him antibiotics and steroids for the swelling and said well see how it works so far his swelling has gone down I'm hoping the this will workbe without surgery

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different types of salivary gland swelling which maybe trauma based, infectious, cancerous, inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Depending on the type of salivary gland swelling, treatment of steroids and antibiotics are administered; in cases of sialadenosis, Phenobarbital results in better long-term results. In some cases, surgery is the only corrective treatment if medical management isn’t effective. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Cairn Terrier
1yr.
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog is a year old. I noticed when we got him about a year ago, he would seem as though he was chewing something. One day when I was brushing him he yawned. What looked like balloon peered out from under his tongue. I brought him to my vet. She thinks it is a renula. She put him on anti inflammatory medication. It hasn't gone down, however it hasn't gotten any bigger. He seems fine otherwise He eats and drinks ok. My question is why is this happening in such a young dog? The treatment my vet wants to do is very invasive. I want to go the simple route at first. Asperation, or medicine for treatment. I scheduled another vet for a second opinion. What are your thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Marsupialisation of the gland is the treatment of choice for ranula in dogs, aspiration usually results in recurrence and may open up the possibility of secondary infection. I wouldn’t attempt or consider any other treatment options, it is important to get a second opinion so that you are informed from multiple sources regarding your treatment options for Toby. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.acvs.org/small-animal/salivary-mucocele http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/surgery-salivary-glands-proceedings-0

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Bruno
Shihpoo
3 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Swollen Salivary Glands
My Shi Poo has been examined by two vets and both determined he has a swollen saliva gland. He's taken two sets of antibiotics and had a steroid shot. Today it is swollen and rock hard. Will something like mucinex dry it up? Bruno is 3 years old.
Nena
Dachshund
3 Years
Mild
Has Symptoms
Neck Mass
Hi there! I have read through all of the above experiences to get an idea as to what could be happening to my dog - some of these cases sound similar but I just wanted to verbalize it to see if any other situations could be the case. One year ago I went away for 5 days and my dog was in the care of a friend (I have 2 they were both with the friend). My female dog was fine when I picked her up but a couple of days after returning a large lump build on her neck. I tried anti-histamines as I thought it might be a bee sting or something but it didn't work. After 4 days, I came home from work and it had broken open, there was a dime sized hole in the center of it - bc I was at work I didn't see the colour of the discharge. I took her to the vet, who drained the area, gave me an antibiotic and said to keep an eye on it. It completely disappeared and caused no further problems. Last month I was again away for about a week - when I came back after a few days the same lump presented itself. I took her to the vet right away and he said that he would try the same method as last time but if it didn't clear I would have to go to a specialist to do an ultrasound - about 1500 dollars or so right off the bat. The treatment shrunk the swelling but unlike last time I could still feel a small pea sized glad under her jaw (right by where a humans adam's apple would be). Then over the weekend it started to grow again. The swelling changes in size and hardness. She is not affected when eating, drinking or breathing and her energy seems to be the same as usual. As an add on to her situation, she is a rescue dog from Mexico who has had distemper before and suffered nervous system damage from it that causes constant movement of her mouth and some drooling in certain instances (when eating as she can't chew properly and sleeping bc her mouth continues to move). Bc of this I think it's most likely an issue in her salivatory glands - is an ultrasound required for this?