A 3-year-old spayed female Golden Retriever was brought to Garden State Veterinary Specialists for evaluation of lameness, lethargy, and inappetence of 3 days' duration. Physical examination revealed that the dog was febrile (39.8°C [103.7°F]) and had a region of firm swelling in the ventral cervical region. The dog was reluctant to walk, was lame in the right forelimb (grade 4/5), and had signs of pain when its head and neck were flexed laterally. Examination of the oral cavity revealed an area of swelling and inflammation left of the frenulum. Results of a CBC and serum biochemical analyses were within
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