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1- Did she get into anything?
2- Any other symptoms?
3- How much does she weigh?
Given her dark color it is difficult to see the swelling; I can see somewhat the swelling on the neck but not on her face. Are you sure the face is swollen?
Can you take a picture of her face from the front?
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There are several possible underlying causes for the swelling you are seeing. Possible causes are an enlarged salivary gland, an infection (abscess), insect bite, or an enlarged lymph node secondary to an infection or certain type of cancer like lymphoma, etc. Unfortunately, on history and looking at the pictures I can not pinpoint exactly which of the above is the cause. To determine the exact nature of the lump I would recommend you speak to your family veterinarian about doing an FNA (fine needle aspirate); this is a very quick test where your vet will collect a sample of the cells with a needle. Requires no anesthesia, inexpensive when compared to a biopsy and can be done within minutes during an office examination. Your vet will most likely submit the sample to a lab to be evaluated under the microscope for a definitive diagnosis. Treatment will be determined by FNA results.
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