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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My cat has a swollen gland on s right side under s jaw. It

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My cat has a swollen gland on his right side under his jaw. It was a hard lump yesterday but now it's big enough to see when looking at him. What might the cause of this stem from?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

Cindy, a swollen gland in that area usually is a lymph node rather than salivary gland. Lymph nodes drain areas of inflammation and will then swell (hypertrophy) themselves. The inflammation may reside inside his oral cavity or have arisen secondary to a bite wound. If Checkers has access to another cat, a bite wound cellulitis (inflammation of the tissue) which will develop into an abscess requiring surgical lancing, flushing, and a systemic antibiotic is likely now that you're seeing that inflammation worsen. If a bite wound is attended to promptly with a systemic antibiotic - within 36 hours of my patient being bitten - surgery can usually be avoided.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi Cindy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin