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Old 03-10-2014, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Neema has a large bulge right lower jaw

neema is almost 5 and has always been in good health. today after being away for a couple days, i pick here up for a bath and some grooming and i noticed that the right part of her lower jaw is all swollen. it clicks when she moves it and i can see she has not eaten for a day or so. Im not sure what to do about this or even what it is. no vets in m area but she is my critter and im very worried about her.

When i open her mouth to look here teeth seem to be all normal. the bulge is roughly in the same spot as the soft part of your underjaw but above the chin.

her diet is pretty simple, cat food and meal worms and water. the occasional egg or chicken piece but thats it.

has anyone had this happen before? and if so what was the cause of it?
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like it could either be a tumour or an abscess. You really need to find a vet to take her too. If its an abscess it will need to be drained and she will need antibiotics. If she isn't eating there's a good chance she's in pain.
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well i just made hr an egg cut into very small pieces and she is eatin that. well a little bit anyways. the bulge feels kinda solid and doesnt seem to cause her much pain. i wish i could post a pic
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If her jaw is clicking when she moves it, it's very possible this is a tumour and it has broken her jaw. Hopefully this is not the case, but she needs to see a vet asap.
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there is a little clicking going on, or almost like a smacking sound when she is drinking. she did eat almost a half of an egg. however she is moving very slow. I am taking her in tomorrow morning. hopefully they will be able to shed some light on what happening. most everything i treat myself but this is something totally new.

thanks you two for your thoughts, i am hoping it is just a infection or a tooth but it just doesn't look like it because of the location of the bulge
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