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Old 06-08-2016, 05:56 PM
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Enlarged salivary gland

The past couple months my 10'yr old Boston terrier started having neck problems. Lethargic and trouble eating. It seemed as if his lymph nodes were swollen. He had different laser treatments on his neck and antibiotics. We did a biopsy on lymph node and came back that it's actually an enlarged salivary gland.
He also has Cushings and diabetes insipidus. And allergies.
What can I do for an enlarged salivary gland. I havent gotten much info for my vet on this as she thinks his issues eating are Cushings but I know they aren't. (we made sure he wasn't going into addisons) I read online with enlarged salivary gland, they have issues eating. We seem to be spending $1000 monthly on our dog ($350 month in meds, plus food and appts trying to get him better). He's happy, there's life in him but he not interested in eating. Eventually he eats a bit but Ira a struggle. We've tried different foods, we add wet food, I've added yogurt, potatoes, you name it I've read surgery is often required we can't really afford that at this moment and I'm not sure he's strong enough....
Anyone been through this with their dog?
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:45 PM
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Wow... several serious conditions, and now an enlarged gland, too... Seems likely at some of these issues are related.

first of all, you said initially it seemed his lymph nodeS were enlarged (more than one?... or just one?). Salivary gland mucoceles or infected glands are often confused for an isolated lymph node enlargement... but more than one would very unusual.

2.- your puppy has Diabetes insipidus? Pretty rare condition. How are you treating him for that?

3. are you treating his Cushings? Is he better? What were his symptoms initially... difficult to manage sometimes the polydipsia (excessive drinking) of BOTH Cushings as well as Diabetes Insipidus.

4. Enlarged Salivary glands on their own are rarely a serious problem though they can be a result of infection (common to have infections in Cushingoid dogs). Rarely is surgery needed unless it is massively swollen or full of excessive saliva (aka a mucocele). Otherwise, most often, just medication will shrink it up. If he is having trouble eating, an infection would be high on a list of possible causes. Might require antibiotics and hot packing, though unsure where the exact infection is or what would be its cause (a foreign body that was ingested could certainly be the cause). And ultrasound or even an MRI of his neck would be helpful (but costly of course).
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