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1) Can you attach a picture showing where the lump is located? 2) Is she on any medications at this time?
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I'm not seeing the area with the lump, is it under her jawline?
With the jowl associated, we must worry that a tooth root could be infected. The lymph node could also be enlarged on that side if infection is present. Another concern we have with an enlarged lymph node (present in the neck below the jawline) is cancer, such as lymphoma.I suspect that her going slow today is either due to the tenderness in this area or even due to soreness from the groom yesterday. The diarrhea could certainly be due to stress.While a veterinary visit is recommended, I can give you some things to try at home.To help with the diarrhea: a bland diet for a few days. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.If you are concerned about pain, she is not on any other medications with no known illnesses, you can try aspirin in a pinch. This should help her walk less slowly and alleviate discomfort. Dosing info for aspirin: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/
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