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my dogs glands in its neck are swollen ...

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my dogs glands i think are very swollen the ones under his jaw and it seams like the ones just above his scapulas lower neck what do i have no money right now maybee 100 dallors i can spare can i fix him please let me no thank you soso much. he is very lathargic and has problems swollwing he is a pit bull queensland healer mix he is 8 yares old had problem for week now
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Franek,

This could be swollen lymph gland, abscessed tooth or possibly an salivary gland problem depending on where on the neck it is. Usually with a salivary gland problem you will also see excessive drooling.

Swollen lymph nodes can be due to many causes including infections, autoimmune diseases, fungal and bacterial infections and lymphoma (cancer). You can read about the lymphatic system in the dog here:

An abscessed tooth can sometimes cause lumps or swelling of the muzzle or jaw and upper neck. You will want to check your dog’s mouth and look for any broken or discolored teeth. If you find any, buffered aspirin can be given to a dog with a dosage of up to 5 mg per pound every 12 hours for pain until your dog can be seen by your Vet. Keep in mind that a dog's body does not metabolize aspirin in the same way as a human and thus should not be given more than a day or two without contacting your Vet.

Check just under your dog’s jawbone for a swelling and under your dog’s tongue for a swelling. This is where some of your dog’s salivary glands are located. If you find a swelling here, it’s possible your dog has an accumulation of fluid near the salivary gland called a sialocele which is causing your dog to salivate more. This condition does require your dog to be seen as soon as possible. You can read about it here:

You will need to have your dog seen so the cause is identified and treated. Since finances might be an issue, you may want to see if the following organization can help.
Care Credit Quick application and approval for care credit card. You can sometimes apply and get approval while you are at the vet office.

Help-A-Pet This group helps low income families with vet care.

IMOM   This organization help people with emergency medical care in some cases.

American Animal Hospital Association
Helps animals that have been abandoned or if the owner is having financial hardships

Angels 4 Animals
This organization offers financial aid or treatment to those pets and owners in need.

God's Creatures Ministry
Help pay Vet bills for those that need help

The Pet Fund
Helps provide emergency vet care to those in need.

United Animal Nations
They help rescuers, low income and homeless pay for vet care.

I hope this information helps.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
so basically see a vet right ok that was a given what will the vet give him antibiotics or 100 bucks wont do it i will aply for those programs but if they dont work alls he will have is me helping him i either can fix him or it runs it course thank you agian
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.

Given his age, I'd guess the teeth might be abscessed which frequently can't be seen just by looking at the mouth, so probably antibiotics initially and a recommended dental. He might want to do bloodwork which will be more than 100 dollars, to check for a more serious infection. I'd apply to those you can so you can have the application in just in case you need it.