Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs

Salivary mucocele is a condition in which saliva leaks from a damaged salivary gland or duct and collects in the surrounding tissues.

Also known as sialocele, cervical sialocele, cervical mucocele, ranula and salivary cyst, the condition refers to a swelling of the soft connective tissues in the dog's mouth. The swelling appears like mucus-filled sack.

It occurs when an abnormal accumulation of saliva in the subcutaneous tissue adjacent to a damaged salivary gland or duct takes place which is surrounded by granulation tissue. The saliva originates from a ruptured salivary gland or duct.

Dogs of any age and any breed can be affected with this problem. However, Miniature Poodles, German Shepherds, Dachshunds and Australian Silky Terriers are more prone to this disorder. It is a treatable condition which can be cured by draining the fluid and administrating antibiotics.

Common symptoms associated with this condition are

Facial swelling

Oral pain and swelling

Blood in the saliva

Difficulty swallowing

Eye pressure and pain

Respiratory disease or difficulties breathing

Soft, developing masses in the neck (cervical)

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