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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by JamLaw123, Apr 24, 2017.


  1. JamLaw123

    JamLaw123 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello.

    First time post.
    We have a small 4 year old chihuahua who in the last week gotten pretty sick.
    He has developed what looked like a stye in his eye a week ago. He was given a course of anti-biotics and eye drops. This appeared to help clear the problem up.

    however, on Saturday just gone, he just looked very ill, shivering and we notice a lump on the side of his face had formed (like a small marble) just below the ear/back of the jaw.
    we took him to the emergency very, who said without having a look at his history notes, he appeared OK and his temp was up. The very gave him a shot to help with his temp and stated to contact our vet this morning.

    we did that, and he was admitted (as precautionary) for a IV and a blood test. The blood test came back just now as clear but that does not explain why his temp is up and he has a small marble on the side of his face.
    Our vet suggested (to rule it out) we should allow her to take a biopsy......which we have.

    obviously, we are very worried as after the elation of his blood test being clear, the reality of a problem still existing and what it could be is eating us.....

    anyone seen this before?????
     
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    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    Did your Vet mention any possibility that the lump could be a lymph gland?
     
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    JamLaw123 PetForums Newbie

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    yes, possibly or a corroted *something*.....we are waiting for them to call to say we can pick him up

    just dreading the worse :-(
     
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    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    Sometimes, when the body is fighting infection, the lymph glands can become enlarged and appear as a small, hard lump, situated just below the ear.
     
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    JamLaw123 PetForums Newbie

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    yeah, it is like that. Imagine a small (firm) marble just below the ear/back of the jaw.

    His eyes have almost cleared up (stye almost gone, with the swelling over the left eye) but his temp is still up and his bloods were clear. Hopefully, this is the tail end of it all and the week of anti-biotics have worked..........and nothing sinister. When biopsy's are mentioned, could not help think the worst.
     
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    JamLaw123 PetForums Newbie

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    The vet seems to think it could be a carotid body tumor due to the blood test being clear.



    edit - The vet has carried out the biopsy and said she is pretty confident it is not cancer (but have to wait a few days for the results), when she made the incision, it relieved the lump with clear liquid coming out. She believes it could well be a blocked gland/duct of some sort. Just to be sure, she will see him tomorrow and await the results of the Biopsy

    the worry :-(
     
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    Just wondering if his problems are because of a blocked/infected salivary gland. They have several glands located around the face head and neck areas, amongst others there is one called the Zygomatic gland which is under the eye, and the paratoid gland which is located in front of the ear/back of the jaw. What can happen is the glands get blocked, inflamed or infected and something called
    salivary mucocele can form, which is a swelling caused by the leaking of saliva from the damaged, blocked or infected gland or ducts running from it into the surrounding tissue. Depending on which glands are affected the swelling will occur in various places. The Zygomatic gland which is below the eye can cause swelling around the eye for example, the parotid one can cause a swelling on the side of the face/ the jaw or ear sort of areas, or as said the problem can occur from leakage from the ducts/channels that come from these glands that channel the saliva into the mouth.
    From the description of the clear liquid that came out of the lump it does sound like it may possibly be a saliva type discharge.

    If there is infection which can happen with this, then that could probably account for him having a high temperature too and a mucocele or other problem with the salivary gland would certainly account for the swelling, also a clear type liquid could be a salivary gland type of secretion.
     
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