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We have mixed breed dog, blue heeler/catahoula (maybe). We

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We have mixed breed dog, blue heeler/catahoula (maybe). We adopted him from the pound 12/01/2011, he had all his shots, etc. We live on a ranch and he is a ranch dog. He stays outside while we are at work and we believe he may have been bit by a snake. He has a mass under is neck and it is hard and one side of his lower jowel is swollen. We took him to the vet(was first time visiting this vet and I didn't feel good about it)and they did blood work, that was ok, but they put him on clovamax(maybe mispelled) antibiotic. He acts totally normal and eating, drinking, etc. Does this sound like a good treatment plan??
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 4 years ago.

Welcome to Just Answer. Did they aspirate or place a needle in the swelling? Is this swelling getting better?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No did not aspirate because of on neck and concern about nerves, etc. Its not squishy, it feels very hard. They gave him antibiotic shot and we are giving pills at home this all happened Tuesday.
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 4 years ago.
Ok. Depending on the location, you do have to worry about other structures in the area. But, I feel comfortable aspirating almost anything. Most likely the best information will come from placing a needle in it and getting a sample to look at under the microscope. This is a very quick and easy procedure.  It is done with a needle the same size as that used for vaccines.

Depending on what type of cells / materials are viewed under the microscope, that gives the answer to what this is. Is it an area of inflammation from a bite? Leakage of saliva under the tissue from a damaged salivary gland? An area of an abscess? A cancerous growth? A cyst? All are possible. A trial of antibiotics is an acceptable course of action. Hopefully it goes down in the days to come. If it is getting bigger or draining, then re-evaluation is needed. You can do warm compresses on the area for ten minutes at a time four to five times a day too.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Ok great! It has not gotten bigger, and he acts like his normal 70 lb. lap dog that he wants to be. Thank you! Love that dog and just wanted a second opinion.

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