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10/13/12 9:46 A

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hope your baby feels better soon

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10/13/12 4:53 A

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If he doesn't like the cone, surgery would be a pain in the behind trying to keep away from the wound.

I'm not a fan of steroids as my last dog had to be put to sleep with acute steroid induced diabetes.

Let's hope the low dose will bring the swelling down.

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10/12/12 9:47 P

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Laurie, you don't want to do surgery on Blue - he might end up in his very favourite device again..... that darn cone of shame! Isn't he the one who destroys them within seconds?

Poor baby, this sounds like it must be an 'ouchy' problem for him. Hope he can lose the prednizone with no more issues!

Edited by: KATHYSCOLLIES at: 10/12/2012 (21:48)
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10/12/12 7:31 A

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LOL, nothing like giving information in a vacuum... sorry

Kathy, yes this is Blue, and he came in from the yard one day about a month ago with a huge soft swelling in his face. I thought he probably ate a bee, but when the swelling didn't resolve by that evening, I took him to the emergency clinic. He was so swollen that they really couldn't see anything, but they put him on an antibiotic and said to bring him back if it didn't go away. When there was no result, I took him to my regular vet, who switched him to a different antibiotic (two actually). When that didn't do anything, he put him on the prednisone, which helped almost instantaneously. It's a very low dose, but it keeps the swelling away. He had some surgery to remove 4 little lumps several weeks before that and lab tests on those showed they were simple benign moles, but he developed some swelling around a couple of the incision areas. The vet took samples and sent them off, and found nothing. A recheck of the lumps showed nothing new either. He resisted sampling the face because it's painful, but we finally did it anyway because every time I try to take him off the prednisone, he puffs up again. The results came back "consistent with an inflamed salivary gland," (no cancer, thankfully) although the lab recommends a biopsy (of course they do). There is no relationship to the surgery.

Jules, I'm not even sure which gland it is, the swelling is kind of between the ear and the jaw, although he occasionally pokes at that ear like it's uncomfortable. The antibiotics would have cleared up any underlying infection.

The vet said to give him another week on the pred, then take him off and see what happens. If he swells up again, we'll have to figure out something else. The dose is so low and Blue is so big, the vet isn't real concerned about side effects at this point, but as I said, it really isn't a good long term option, since pred causes its own set of problems (Cushings comes to mind)

We don't want to do surgery if we can possibly avoid it, both for the expense and the trauma to the dog of surgery on his face. It's an annoying condition to be sure, and we want to fix it, but thank god at least we know it isn't life threatening.

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Which salivary gland? the ones under the ear or the ones under the jaw?

I think if there's an inflammation (and I really think the doctor should diagnose this) a course of antibiotics would do the job without resorting to the steroids.

Let us know how it works out Laurie

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Laurie what made you think there was a problem, if there aren't any 'visible' symptoms?

I have to say, this isn't something I've ever heard of before - who isn't feeling well this time? Is it Blue again?

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Anyone have any experience with this?

We're currently treating with low dose of daily prednisone, which keeps the swelling down, but this isn't a good option for the long term. Another option is surgery, but we'd rather not unless there's no other choice. The dog is acting utterly and absolutely normal. No pain, eating, drinking, pottying, doing everything he's supposed to do.

Other ideas?

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