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My dog developed a very large hard lump on his left mandible

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Hi my dog developed a very large hard lump on his left mandible on Tuesday night, out of nowhere. I can't get him into my vet until Saturday. It is very large and hard. He is eating and drinking OK, seems to be acting normal.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: It is Chopper he is almost 4 and an English Bulldog. I rescued him almost a year ago.
JA: What is the bulldog's name?
Customer: Chopper
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Chopper?
Customer: I don't think so he is a really good, sweet boy. Has been pretty healthy since we got him.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Can you share pictures of what you're seeing?
Does he appear tender?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
He does not appear tender. His nose seems warm.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

This swollen area is suspect for an abscess molar. It's excellent that he's still eating and drinking. Until you can have him examine and treated by your vet, I would recommend making sure that he's eating soft foods. You can keep him on his regular kibble whilst softening it with water or broth to make it easier to eat. Depending on what your vet finds, they will likely recommend sedation, dental cleaning and addressing the abscess surgically. A course of antibiotics is typically needed, along with pain management, as well.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Checking in. How is Chopper?