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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Snowy. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
When will you get the pathology report back? That should tell you if this is inflammation/infection (tonsillitis), or cancer. Usually tonsillitis happens in both tonsils.
The kinds of cancer we see in tonsils are lymphoma, and another cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). I hope that the pathology report does not come back with either of these. there is good chemotherapy for lymphoma, that can bring about a remission of many months or longer. SCC of a tonsil is a terrible cancer, with no good treatment.
I see he was eating some bushes. I am sure your veterinarian already did this, but sometimes a piece of plant material get stuck underneath a tonsil. You have to move the tonsil with a long instrument to see this.
Let me know what other questions you have, and what the pathology report says. Rebecca
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