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Is there any chance she may have something stuck in her mouth? Has she been pawing at it to try and get something out? Will she let you open her mouth to check for this, or for an abscess or dental disease? If you can check, and there is nothing stuck, can you see if her teeth appear in good condition or is there a lot of gingivitis (red gums) and build up of calculus/plaque? if you are unsure, feel free to send a picture.
And she is not chewing differently when eating?
Any change in drinking habits?
Has she had any coughing or sneezing?
It is also important to know is she is still actually swallowing (can you see her swallow? If unsure, if you gently massage her throat, this should result in a swallowing reflex). When a dog cannot swallow, they will typically drool excessively and may pant.
You mention she was with you when you cut the grass; any chance she has eaten any of the grass trimmings or anything else when outside e.g. weed killer or rat poison or slug bait? Similarly, does she have access to any other toxins such as human medications, grapes, chocolate or anti-freeze?
In the area that she is tender, is there any swelling?
Thank you for all of the additional information as it will ensure a more accurate answer.
Apologies, my computer seems to have 'opted me out' of the question, but I can assure you I am still here if you wish to continue the conversation. Many thanks and apologies for the technical error (I believe it may be because I am temporarily in an area with poor internet). Dr Linda