my dog had a watermelon head!

Out of 10

My 7 year old Golden Retriever is healthy and normal. But ten days ago, his throat became horribly swollen. I took him to the vet; they thought it might be cancer. I prepared myself, best as I could, and waited for the test results to come back. In the meantime, his throat continued to swell. He went from a baseball to a watermelon or a football - it was swollen behind his ears, in his lips, and through his whole neck. It was horrifying. I received word after 2.5 days that it was an inflammation; he had a fox tail in his throat.It was infected. He was treated with antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory drug. I was instructed to use hot compresses throughout the day. In a few days he started to drain; a pinhole opened up. The swelling continued and finally, the pinhole became 1/2 inch deep and 1 1/2 inches wide. It drained for five days. He is on the mend and has his appetite back now. Pets Best has processed my claim and it is on its way. When he finishes the antibiotics, and the wound has closed, if the swelling comes back he may require exploratory surgery to dig for the foreign object causing the inflammation - But I think Chai will be fine!

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