SOS Ruptured Zygomatic Gland

*Emergency Ruptured Zygomatic Gland*

This is Kali, she is a 7 year old Red Nose Pibble. She is the sweetest girl ever. About 2 months ago, we noticed that her face has become very swollen. Intitially we thought it was a bee sting/ allergic reaction. We took her to vet, got her a shot of steroids and gave her benedryl to help the swelling. The swelling went down momentarily but did not fully go away, it only got worst.
The vet suggested we do a cytology in the swollen area    ( both sides of her face below eyes ). A Cytology of the swollen area on her face was done. They had to shave her face, creating raw spots on her face.  The Cytology was done to figure out if she had some type of infection in that area, but the vet only aspirtated it and did not culture the sample...not sure why :-/ . Four vet visitations later, no answers.

Still swollen...

One month later, we are still baffled as to what is going on with our fur baby. We took her for a second opinion    ( vet that did her ACL surgery as a puppy).  Dr. Lofty wanted to try a new diet to see if it was a food allergy.  . She loved her new food, but she was still so swollen.  He gave her a shot of steroids to subdue the swelling for the time being.

Now, blood work and xrays have been done. Blood work came back showing some high/low levels in some areas. ( ex. high t cell/white cells count etc. ) She was fighting off an infection for sure. The xrays of her body showed that everything else was okay. Xrays of her face were also done, no tumor or anything alarming there.

Still swollen....

After the xrays were completed, the Dr. checked her anal gland ( prompted by a deadly smelling far Kali let out ) . Kalis anal gland was infected and needed to be drained. Kali also had some fluid coming out of her wounds in her face from the pervious Cytology.  The fluid was sticky to the touch. Dr. Lofty wanted to do a biospy of Kalis face as well as put some drains it to release the built up of fluid (salivary ). 

Upon the numerous vet visits & research, Dr. Lofty has determined that Kali's Zygomatic Salivary Gland has ruptured. We are still unsure how. This is where all the swelling & fluid build up is coming from.

Thank god we know a bit more of whats going on.

Biospy and drain surgery was completed. Kali was already seeming to feel a little better, aside from all the drains in here face and the stupid cone.

Two weeks later, the drains were removed. We were keeping an eye on her, she eats bowl movements are good also.

Something is still off though.Over the past month 1/2, Kali has lost a total of 12 pounds.

Her face was still leaking after the drains were taken out. The drain holes healed fairly quickly, which resulting in her becoming puffy again. 

(Somehow she still finds the positive energy to grab her toy when I allow no cone )

The above picture was taken today, I will be dropping her off at the vet again after work - 11.7.2017

Still swollen, and getting worst! 

Update : 1/16/18

Two symmetrical drains are back in! Swelling is still happening .

My tiny baby needs your help! Any help would be greatly apprecaited by my family and Kali.

Please help <3
Prayers needed <3

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Debra Dale 
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