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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My black lab weighing 92 lbs was injured when am employee

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My black lab weighing 92 lbs was injured when am employee jerked him by a collar choke to put him into a vehicle. Needless to say that fool no longer works for us. Big Boy has significant swelling in his neck and has now problems with swallowing and some breathing though when he is asleep there are no problems evident at all. I have taken him to my home town vet and they have him Rimadyl. It has now been 4 wks and I see very little improvement as the swelling on both sides of his neck are still there. Thank you for responding. Mrs. Susan Slagle
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner, Susan. Four weeks post-injury and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug yet significant swelling persisting dictates determining just what structures are still inflamed. His soft tissues - including salivary glands and lymph nodes need to be carefully palpated as does his larynx and cervical trachea (windpipe). Additional and multiple X-ray views and even CT of his neck might be needed to identify subtle fractures. Referral to a specialty clinic should be considered for such diagnostics or the X-rays taken by your home town vet can be sent to a specialist veterinary radiologist for review. These can be difficult X-rays to evaluate because so many different structures are found in the neck.

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