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My dog is constantly licking with her tongue like there is

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My dog is constantly licking with her tongue like there is something bothering her in her mouth. She just had a cleaning and many extractions -- she is a 12 year old Bichon. I managed to open her moth - not easy - and look inside and there seems to be a lump just behind her front teeth in the roof of her mouth. I am alone with her and it is not possible to open her mouth and take a photo but it looks like a sac sort of growth. Any ideas or suggestions? I likely cannot get to a vet ntil tomorrow. We are 500 miles from our regular vet but I can find a local one tomorrow. She does not appear to be in pain. Thank you.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 10 months ago.

Hi there and thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed, internship-trained veterinarian with 10 years experience in general medicine and emergency and critical care medicine and I would be happy to assist you. Please be patient as there may be slight delays in responses as I research your pet's issue.

Is she still on antibiotics from the procedure?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 10 months ago.

How long ago were the antibiotics finished?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
About 10 days ago
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 10 months ago.

Okay. It is possible that this could be a small abscess, or a seroma/fluid pocket. You will not be able to do anything to treat this tonight until a vet sees it tomorrow, but you could give your dog some benadryl to calm her and help her rest despite the constant oral annoyance. The dose is 1mg/lb. If the lump is still there in the morning, I would see a local vet.

I hope that I have answered your question thoroughly. If you still have questions, please reply. If you feel that I have provided anything less than excellent service, please reply to me first before rating my service and let me know how I can better assist you. Thank you for your question; it has been a pleasure being able to provide assistance. Best of luck.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The reason I contacted you is that I am out of town. I just called my vet this morning and he said what I was describing sounds like the incisive papilla which all dogs have. He thinks the sutures are dissolving which is why she is licking like this -- as I mentioned there were several extractions.
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 10 months ago.

Good, I am glad that it turned out to be nothing serious, and that the sac-like growth you thought you were seeing was just the normal anatomy. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns! I was happy to be able to assist last night. Please let me know if you have further questions, and please do not forget to rate my service so that I will receive credit for assisting you. Take care!

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