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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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My 11year old chocolate labrador has been diagnosed with a

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my 11year old chocolate labrador has been diagnosed with a salivary gland problem and the vet has said that the only solution is to have the gland removed. ls there nothing else we can do because of her age I would rather not spend £1,100 for an op if it can be avoided.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the Labrador's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: About two weeks ago her face became quite swollen and the vet put her on antbiotics but they didnt help.
JA: Have you noticed the Labrador licking at the swelling?
Customer: no but she does seem to try and scratch her face on the carpet
JA: What's the Labrador's name?
Customer: Roxy
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: she does suffer from arthritis
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 19 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 19 days ago.

There are quite a few salivary disorders and some can be treated conservatively (medically). Have you been given a more specific diagnosis?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
no they just took a saliva test.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 19 days ago.

I regret that I don't know what that implies. The affected salivary gland needs to be needle biopsied in order to determine which disorder is present: sialadenitis, sialadenosis, necrotizing sialometaplasia, and salivary neoplasia (cancer) are the differentials and these disorders are treated differently.

Please continue in this conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
would I be better asking the vet for a specific diagnosis before saying I will go ahead with any surgery?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 19 days ago.

Absolutely!

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 19 days ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow up in this venue and so please return to our conversation with an update at your convenience.