Re: Kid with swelling at base of ear
spider bite...my top 2 picks.
parotid salivary gland sits around base of ear...could be plugged and have a salivary "cyst"..these are usually soft and fluctuant however, but they can be quite firm....usually massage and warm compresses get these to "release", if indeed that is what it is.
As a vet, I am always one for sticking needles in lumps and bumps of all kinds to see what I get out. Gives one a world of info. I am *not* recommending you do this, just more what I would do if it were my goat given my comfort level and knowing what I am looking at under the microscope. I have stuck a number of these in other species and saliva is very tell-tale if you aspirate it out.
Could be an abcess secondary to the top 2 reasons above, but doubt it if she is fine otherwise.....
I'd give a bit of Banamine and a chlorpheniramine tablet (it is an antihistamine like Bendaryl- very safe) ...and see if this helps the swelling.
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