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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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17 year old lab has swollen glands under ear jaw and side of

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17 year old lab has swollen glands under ear jaw and side of muzzle swollen, excessive drooling and thirst. 3 weeks ago grandson had Kawasaki's first thought to be mono. Thoughts?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Grandson had received live MMR vaccine 2 months before he became ill. His glands were also swollen mildly. Could dog have mumps? Treatment? He takes aspirin daily for arthritis.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Melissa, we shouldn't incriminate your grandson. Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) in a 17 year old Lab should be considered to represent lymphoma until proven otherwise. Excessive thirst (polydipsia) has many differential diagnoses but hypercalcemia (elevated serum calicum level) is often found concomitant with lymphoma and hypercalcemia will cause polydipsia. His vet will want to throughly examine your Lab. A needle aspirate of a swollen lymph node sent to our pathologist is likely to be recommended. Lymphadenopathy can arise from a local infection as well.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you. This seems very likely. He has several benign tumors that the vet doesn't want to remove cause of his age. Just trying to make sure grandson and dog don't pass illnesses back and forth. Will schedule aspiration.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

You're quite welcome. I understand your concerns. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.