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Salivary Gland Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Salivary Gland Disorders  in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms related to salivary gland disorders in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

When your animal’s immune system is triggered, and if it is not in balance, it sends an alarm throughout the body in instances such as exposure to fleas, pollen, chemicals or other inorganic materials. When immunity is not balanced, it becomes overactive or suppressed and is no longer able to tell the difference between its own body or a foreign invader. As a result, the animal body basically attacks its own immune system, opening the door to inflammation, infection and autoimmune disease. 

An oral or salivary gland disorder refers to a swelling of the soft connective tissues in a dog or cat’s mouth. The swelling looks like a mucus-filled sack. The condition is more likely to affects dogs than cats, at approximately three times the rate, however, all breeds of dogs and cats are susceptible.

A salivary cyst occurs when saliva leaks from the salivary ducts into the mouth tissue and/or surrounding tissue. The most common causes are related to trauma, abscess (infection), a tumor, or a malfunction of gland fluid that causes inflammation, and the fluid cannot be transported through the salivary ducts, which leads to an obstruction. Once the pressure becomes too great from accumulated saliva, the saliva ducts break, allowing the saliva to leak into adjacent tissue. Salivary cysts can become large and may produce a cough due to pressure placed on the larynx or trachea.

There are four types of salivary glands in dogs and cats. The most commonly affected glands are located under the jaw, called the mandibular salivary glands. The salivary glands secrete an alkaline fluid that lubricates the food and aids indigestion. The sublingual (under the tongue) can also be affected. Only the parotid gland, located below a dog’s or cat’s ear on the side of the face, can be examined from the outside.

Salivary gland infection is uncommon. Most cases are associated with pre-existing mouth infections. The zygomatic gland, located beneath the cheek bone, is the gland most often involved. The signs of zygomatic gland infection are a bulging eye, tearing, and pain on opening the mouth. Treatment involves removing the gland.

Tumors of the salivary glands are rare and are commonly malignant. They appear as slowly enlarging lumps or masses located beneath the tongue or on the side of the face. 

Drooling is not necessarily an indication of a gland disorder and is common in dogs and for some cats. Some breeds have larger, loose lips, which encourage drooling. Excessive drooling, referred to as hyper salivation, can be caused by fear, apprehension, nervous anxiety, motion sickness, heat stroke, and of course, as anticipation of food and treats.

Symptoms and common signs of oral and salivary gland disorders may include:

Drooling (Hyper salivation)

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)

Causes of salivary gland disorders include:


Bite wounds

Ear canal surgery

Blunt trauma to the face or head

Blunt or foreign object penetrating a dog or cat’s mouth.


While any breed of dog or cat is susceptible to gland disorders or swelling, the following breeds are more susceptible:

Miniature Poodle

German shepherd


Australian Silky Terrier

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to help reduce symptoms of viral and bacteria infections and to help keep an animal free of infection, to help promote general, systemic health in dogs and cats, to soothe all bodily systems affected by infection, for its anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, to help support holistically incurable viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), to help promote immunity and reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection, to help maintain the normal balance of micro flora in the gut, to help promote and restore liver and digestive health.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

First Aid & Wound Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used holistically to help provide relief against external and internal wounds, cuts, bites, hot spots, bites, infections, bruises, scrapes, abscess, cellulitis, allergic responses and more; as a hemostatic which may help stop bleeding on contact; may help promote collagen production, cellular repair and wound healing up to 30 times faster than without use; may help accelerate wound healing and combat infection; may be used internally or externally for bacterial, fungal and microbial infections as well as for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties; used holistically for its action on intestinal parasites, which are known to compromise immune health; may help as an adjunctive to help address acute and chronic diseases related to bacteria, germs, fungus and viruses, including retrovirus; cytomegalovirus; E. Coli; Staph; Bacillus subtilis and DNA and RNA viruses and as a holistic adjunctive for cases of rabies.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis..

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Conventional Treatment:

The diagnosis will be based on a thorough physical examination and review of the health history of your dog or cat. The primary objective is to rule out any abnormal cell development, abscesses from infected teeth, or other more serious causes of the inflammation.

A common form of treatment is non-surgical draining of the swollen areas. Cleaning the area surrounding the drain placement and changing bandages daily will help your cat recover quickly, as well as reduce the likelihood of any infection developing. Overall, the prognosis of this medical condition is positive.

Antibiotics may also be used to help reduce inflammation and to help prevent the formation of an infection and surgery is also sometimes employed to remove swollen cysts. 


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