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Ok so I had to take my 5 month old male dob to the vet yet again this morning. His left upper gums are swollen so bad he can hardly open his mouth. He started acting like he couldn't get situated right then this morning I was like wtf not again. But let me start from the beginning. I found a rather large knot on the left side of his face under his eye. I took him to the vet and he gives him a shot and some antibiotics. It didn't go down so I took him back. Then the vet sai he needed surgery on his back tooth where the knot was. He did the surgery and said the tooth pretty much fell out and there was a bunch of gunk in his gums. A couple of days later the knot went down almost all the way. About a month later brings us to today. The vet said he has no idea what is wrong with him and gave him another shot and more meds. The vet wants to send us to a specialist 2 hours away from where I live if I have to I will. Has anyone else ever been though or is going through this. Thanks
 

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Any chance he was bitten by something poisonous? Especially on the face (going to sniff something) I would think to rule this possibility out.
 

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I'm 99% sure he didn't get bit. I have another Doberman and a mini wiener dog and they are always together outside and the other ones are fine. And I'm always out with them when they go out.
 

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I think it's excellent you are going to a specialist. Puppies and dogs are like children, it's just ongoing.

My Dobes, except for the puppy, have all come in at some point or another with their faces so swollen their eyes were almost shut. I figured they were either bitten by a spider, snake or stung by a bee. I gave them benadryl and the swelling would go away after a day or so. But if your vet has seen the puppy and is sending you to a specialist, that is absolutely where you need to go.

Please keep us posted.
 

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But I'm thinking I should get a second opinion first. The vet didn't even X-ray him all he did was lift up his lip and say " mmm I don't know what's wrong with him".
 

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If there is someone local you like then by all means go see them. If not, go on to the specialist. Did your vet make an appointment for the specialist?
 

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No he didn't make an appointment. I walked in and got called back. He weighed him (62 lbs.) then I put him on the table the doc lifted his lip turned around got the shot and gave it to him. I told him about this lump on his shoulder he felt the lump said it was prolly from a shot he gave him ( weeks ago) and gave me some meds for his face and said I needs to see a specialist because he don't know what's wrong and I went to the front desk and I had to ask for the number for the specialists number to call.
 

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If he is 5 months old he is probably teething. It is possible for the adult teeth to not push the puppy teeth out completely.
I had a dog with a lump on the side of his face, under his eye and it was indeed an abcessed tooth. This was not a puppy though, it was an adult.
I am going to guess it is possible for a retained tooth to become infected.
All of this said, I would take him to the specialist. If he is getting abcesses they can deeply infect the bone, which in turn can infect the soft tissue including his brain and heart.
 

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When a vet recommends a second opinion and a specialist I would sit up and pay attention. He has already had one infections affecting his gums. Infections in the head, gums etc can settle in the heart and that usually leads to something fatal even if it is a year or two down the road.

Most vets are not equiped with the proper X ray machines to Xray the teeth.
 

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Omg that makes me want to cry just thinking about it. But how do I know for sure it's an abcesses?
The best way to find out for sure would be to go see the specialist, as I am sure that your regular vet recommended this because he is not properly equipped to diagnose the condition further. It is always scary when something is wrong and we dont know what it is. I would also recommend pet insurance. It is already too late for it to be of any benefit to you in this case because it has to be in place for 30 days before they will cover an incident, but for future incidents you will have peace of mind on the financial half. It really does help when you are so worried about our babies.

I do hope that you find out soon what is wrong and that they get him back on his feet and fixed up real soon, keep us posted and I will keep him in my thoughts.
 

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:frown: So sorry u and ur dog's going thru this. I know it must be hard. My Peke had a swelled up lump on one side. Vet couldn't figure it out. Took fluid out with syringe and sent to be tested. First we tried antibotics while waiting for results. Snake bite. After, he drained what her could and she was on HEAVY DUTY antibotics for 2 weeks. Finally went down.I hope that they figure out what the problem is soon for u.( I never seen anything in the yard but gardner snakes.)
 

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If you aren't happy with your vet, find one that you are happy with. There's nothing wrong with deciding a vet isn't the right fit for you. I would also see the specialist ASAP.
 
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