Todd is my 7 year old neutered male blue doberman. I'll try and break down our mini medical saga as concisely as possible....
--On Thursday (12/6) evening I noticed extreme swelling on the left side of his face/neck/throat region. At the time I panicked suspecting a swollen lymph node.
--I got him to the vet the next day where they aspirated the area. The swelling had already gone down a lot but he still had a large firm swelling under his jaw.
--He did well over the weekend with no major changes and the aspirate results came back as normal salivary tissue. We had a tentative diagnosis of a salivary mucocele.
...note since the week prior to this happening he's had a decreased appetite but I chalked this up to recently food chances and a general behavioral quirk of his...aka I thought it was normal.
--jump to Wednesday 12/11 morning, everythings been relatively normal except for minor increases and decreases in swelling (which per my vet is to be expected) Wednesday morning he didn't eat hardly at all so I was going to manually "pill" him to get his routine medications in and he yelped. I tried again with the same result...as the day went on I noticed he was unable to completely open his mouth and didn't want to chew anything crunchy.
--my vet was able to get me an appointment with an internal medicine specialist on Thursday morning. We went in excepting an ultrasound of the area to confirm the salivary mucocele with possible surgical consult but this is not what ended up happening.
--The specialist was unable to completely open his mouth and also noted his submandibular lymph nodes were firm but not enlarged and his one prescapular lymph node was enlarged (same side as the salivary gland thats swollen).
--Per the internal meds recommendation we didn't do the ultrasound (unlikely to help) but instead took multiple lymph node aspirates and did a blood test for mascitory myositis.
...In the meantime we've increased his daily gabapentin dose and we're "status quo" in terms of swelling. He's still being weird about eating and wouldn't allow me to open his mouth for pills this morning. I've seen him full mouth yawn though so I know he CAN open his mouth the whole way.
So, why the heck am I posting here? Because I'm curious if ANYONE has dealt with this? The specialist was pretty frank that it's going to be a bit by bit diagnostic process but felt whatever we were dealing with we caught early since overall he's doing OK. He's eating, albeit not as much as I'd like, he's drinking and he's active. I was also curious if anyone has had experience with salivary gland removals? He's vWD so we have to take that into consideration too.