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I agree with above, definitely get his lymph nodes and salivary glands checked out. It does sound like some sort of chronic infection. What testing has he undergone exactly as far as the biopsy? Did they just check for cancer? Did they try to identify what bacteria might be causing this (if any)? It's a common misunderstanding amongst pet owners that once their pet has received a blood test or the like, that this test checks for every level in the body (white blood cell, hormones etc) when in fact different tests cover different aspects. Be sure to check what exactly has been tested and make sure to get a reading on his white blood count if it hasn't been done already.

Personally at this point I would be looking for a specialist of some kind, or perhaps just a second opinion from another vet just to cover all bases. If this is something as simple as a cyst, then its likely the pocket that keeps refilling needs to be removed, as with humans.

It also sounds as though the lump is only ever nearly gone when treatment stops. Perhaps ask your vet about trialing a longer treatment period of antibiotics and see if the lump disappears completely. It may be something as simple as that the infection hasn't been fully destroyed when the treatment stops and returns to full strength quickly after the medication is out of his system.

Best of luck, and please keep us updated.
 
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