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My dog has swollen salivary glands on both sides of her face. She is a 3 year old beagle.

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My dog has swollen salivary glands on both sides of her face. She is a 3 year old beagle. She has had a biopsy and there is no cancer (it took unitl the biopsy to identify that it was the salivary glands and not lymph nodes). She was on antibiotics for about a month, with no effect. She seems normal other than the swelling.
Submitted: 5 years ago via Maybeckvet.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 5 years ago.
I am sorry to hear about June. Well, you answered a VERY IMPORTANT question, and that is they are truly salivary glands that are enlarged and not the submandibular lymph nodes.

My first suspicion would be that you are dealing with salivary mucoceles!

They can take several weeks to treat, and a lot of trauma and swelling results from leaking of salivary glands.

I would recommend continuing an antibiotic from your vet and absolutely ask for a non-steroidal or steroidal anti-inflammatory. An anti-inflammatory may help a great deal and could reduce some of that swelling!

Good Luck. That's my best guess but a very reasonable possible explanation.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I did forget to mention that we tried an antiinflamatory. We were on a low grade antibiotic for several weeks then went up to were on baytril and clavamox for three more. After the first week when the swelling varied alot there was no change from any of the treatments. There has been no worsening in the three weeks since we stopped all meds.


The article mentions draining, but with high recurrence. What is the consequence of no action since she seems ok otherwise?

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 5 years ago.
I would be more inclined to take no action. Unless we were convinced that draining was indicated, I would not do it.

However, I would try more anti-inflammatory. Maybe even ask your vet for a few weeks course of a tapering dose of prednisone. It is worth a try.

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