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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My dog has been salivating and dribbling and I've noticed a

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My dog has been salivating and dribbling and I've noticed a swelling on side of mouth. Now she seems to have a build up of fluid under her chin. Could you please advise.

Swelling on the side of her mouth suggests envenomation by flying insect or spider and fluid under her chin, then, would be inflammatory fluid collecting there because of gravity - a dependent edema. The same scenario could arise secondary to her being bitten by another animal or even from neoplasia if she's an older dog. Salivating and ptyalism (drooling) aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder but should prompt her vet to thoroughly examine your dog's oral cavity as well as that swelling and edema.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How urgently do I need to see a vet as it's the middle of the night here. Thank you

As alarming as she may look, this set of symptoms doesn't represent an emergency. She's long past the point at which a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) would occur. Please do you best to have her attended to in the morning.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I'll go back to sleep! �� appreciate your advice.

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