Trouble with salavary ducts?

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Trouble with salavary ducts?

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Lola had a massive growth on her throat (big, about half the size of my fist!) on Sunday. She was fine the day before just suddenly bang there was this big growth. It started oozing on Wednesday. The vet has drained it but could not find any foreign body inside to account for it, nor could she find any wound inside or outside her throat that could account for the infection. So the wound will have a drain in it for 5 days and stiches that come out in 10 days. I pick her up in a few hours. She is on antibiotics.

Because my vet can't find any reason why this would happen the worry is that there is some damage to her salavary gland. If that is the case my vet cannot fix it. The growth will return.... she is going to need some kind of specialist help. Anybody have any experience with something like this?
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I did have something just like that quite a few years ago with one of my sled dogs. What it turned out to be was a porcupine quill (where she got it I don't have a clue) that had worked down through her jaw and formed a big abscess right under her lower jaw close to where it becomes the throat. The vet drained it, but then removed it. The porcupine quill was almost totally dissolved, so the abscess might have been forming for a while before it became noticeable on the outside. So, you might mention a foreign body as a possibility, though I imagine the vet already thought of that.
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That's weird! I've never had a abscess on a dog but have certainly seen them on cats. Usually they are due to some kind of a puncture wound, scratch, etc. that suddenly blows up without warning. Hopefully whatever caused it will be killed off with the antibiotics. Keep us posted.
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Ya, the vet said she'd seen something like it with a quill. And once she said that she found a blade of grass that caused a big abcess in some dog's forehead... (couldn't figure out how a blade of grass got under the skin but it did). The thing the vet is worries about is that she couldn't find any cause for this... so she is worried that Lola's saliva may be draining into her flesh rather than into her mouth... but she doesn't know... it's too soon to really start worrying.. We'll know after the course of anitbiotics if it clears up we're good... if it returns then we have trouble.

I have Lola now... she has a stint draining the wound (grossest thing I have ever seen... a big tube coming out of my dogs neck - there is no horrified emoticom to insert). I'm supposed to keep it clean, I don't know that I can touch it. It's sticking out of her neck! Ugh.
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Yup, drains are pretty gross - well, what's draining is the gross part! Do you need to put warm compresses around the area to keep it draining? I had to do that which was a bit of a pain but well worth the effort. I also remember having to kind of squish the tube back and forth periodically to make sure it didn't get clogged up. As long as you're not putting anything up into the tube it should be fine. Don't worry until you actually have "something" to worry about (and YES, this is coming out of the mouth of the worry queen!).
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The vet didn't mention anything about warm compresses. Lola has stitches so maybe damp isn't a good idea? I dunno, I'll ask her. I can't look at it. It's just so awful. Her pretty neck is shaved and pink with big purple frankenstein stitches and an a huge straw sticking out. I'm terrified she is going to get that straw caught on something.

On an equally miserable note, while carrying some branch cutters I fell crossing the stream in our backyard. Smacked my knee and my elbow on a rock, got a mouth full of mud, and hit myself in the head with the branch cutters. I now have a black eye. Dave returns today from a 2 week absence to a battered wife and dog.
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:lol: :lol: Oh Adele, you crack me up :lol: I shouldn't be laughing but the visual on the creek incident is pretty comical. Do you suppose that was some kind of a Freudian "slip" so you could honestly commiserate with Lola? :P :P

The wound is probably not bothering Lola very much.....hang in there, this too shall pass :wink:
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Sorry - I'm laughing too. Such a great description and I could just picture the entire scene.

When Jill was attacked by the neighbors dogs and had her back ripped open they had to put a drain in. I was told to keep warm compresses on it several times a day to keep the wound draining. But it probably depends on what and where.
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