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Because most things appear normal, this swelling may be edema caused by heart disease. This fluid is building up in this area due to gravity and can be a common manifestation of heart disease with fluid build up. This build up is causing him enough discomfort that he does not want to walk far and if this is caused by his heart decompensating, the heart disease is getting worse and may require medication at this point. I would strongly recommend that you have your vet examine your guy as soon as possible to rule out heart disease and other factors that could cause this such as an abscess growing in this area.Does that make sense to you?
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