I would say primarily the upper jaw. Anatomy is not my forte but essentially, its the back (?) of the jaw, where it hinges, if that makes sense?
The swelling is firm, and he will allow you to apply pressure. He doesn't pull away or wimper when you do. And it is only on the one (right) side.
We cannot see under the tongue in the front. We can lift the jowls on either side and look at his teeth, gums and the side of his tongue. But when we attempt to open his mouth...actually open the jaw...he starts whimpering and pulls his head away.
There is no other swelling on his body. We have not taken his temperature, but the swollen area does feel warm, warmer than the rest of his body.
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Tyson is much better...back to his old crazy Boxer self!
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We decided to take him into urgent care on Wednesday morning. The vet opted to started him on Rimadyl to get the swelling down. He also gave him 750mg of an antibiotic. After two doses the swelling was gone and he was more lively. He's been on the med for 7 days now and he is back to eating dry food.
We have a follow up visit today, actually, so that we can get in his mouth and see what's going on! My husband and I took a peek, and it actually looks like he bit his jaw and has some excess skin "hanging" down.
Thanks for all of your help and your suggestion not to wait! I don't think I could have handled another day of the moping sad Tyson!
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