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My dogs under eye is swollen. It appears to be getting

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My dogs under eye is swollen. It appears to be getting bigger and I've read that it can be an absese. I would like to know how I can tell what it could possibly be
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Yes, a swelling under the eye is frequently attributed to an abscess. Especially in dachshunds which are known for bad dental disease!

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You may be able to look at the largest back tooth on that side and see a fracture, pus at the gumline, and pain or redness near the tooth. It is not uncommon for an abscess to be undetectable without using x-ray though, so you may not see anything abnormal at all.

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I recommend having him seen by your local vet. I would start with a physical and careful oral exam. Then, we can start a course of antibiotics (Clavamox or clindamycin are great for oral infections). I would expect to see a significant decrease in the swelling within the first 3-4 days. This can confirm our suspicion of an abscess, and then he can have a dental procedure to extract the offending tooth and clean the remaining teeth.

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