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Your dog has a pair of tonsils at the back of its throat that help fight infection. Tonsillitis is when these tonsils are inflamed: swollen, red and easily seen.
The inflammation is caused by:
Other causes include:
Enlarged tonsils are very painful.Signs may include:
Your veterinarian will simply examine your dog's tonsils. If they are inflamed, the veterinarian will see them easily.
Some treatments your veterinarian may recommend include:
The best preventative measure against tonsillitis is to make sure your dog has excellent oral hygiene.
The prognosis depends on the underlying cause, but generally, tonsillitis is not a serious condition. In young dogs, tonsillitis often resolves on its own or with the use of antibiotics.
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