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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