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Sandra | 4 weeks ago
My Year And A Half Old Great Dane Had Large Lump On Belly, Took Her To …

My year and a half old Great Dane had large lump on belly, took her to emergency vet where she put a needle in it and drained lump. Sent home with heavy duty antibiotics and pain meds. Now dog has diarrhea and trouble with her bowel mvmts. and has started puncture hole bleeding. Don’t really want to take her back to vet. Beginning to not trust any doctors as I read on your blog site that you don’t agree with draining and lumps should eventually absorb on its own. She doesn’t seem in distress or pain. What can I do to take care of her at home with giving her meds that will help her heal?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry but this needs to be addressed by a vet who can examine your dog. There are too many unanswered medical issues here to guess at. I don’t know what the lumps are or how they might be related to the gi issues. Or if the medications alone caused them. At minimum a thorough exam needs be done. And then an aspirate or biopsy of the masses. This may require more than one visit so it is important to find a general practitioner vet to help with the process. An er is not appropriate for this as they are often to expensive and do not have the ability to make follow up appointments to help with the long term treatment plan. For a local vet you like and trust. They can help you and your dog.

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Vivienne Barnes | 2 years ago
My Groomer Told Me Holly Has A Fungal Infection On Her Pads And To Use Apple …

My groomer told me Holly has a fungal infection on her pads and to use Apple Cider Vinegar which I did. Poor Holly nearly went crazy, I believe it stung her. Any suggestions please? Also Holly has lots of lumps everywhere which my vet says are harmless. however she has licked those on her toes and they are now raw and bleeding, suggestions please for a treatment.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Your groomer shouldn’t be diagnosing your pup. Please go to your vet for that and the treatment plan. We cannot, not should anyone other than your vet diagnose a health issue or recommend a treatment plan.

  2. Sarah

    I think I would check with the vet before starting anything. I am quite sure it is advice given with good intentions, but it would be smart to make sure that your vet is aware that there is an issue. They can prescribe something to help.

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William | 2 years ago
Hi There, I Wanted To Ask If Polyps In The Throat Can Be Felt. My Kitten …

Hi there, I wanted to ask if polyps in the throat can be felt. My kitten that can’t meow I suspect of having polyps. The vet tested for Leukemia and FIV negative, xrays negative, and lung worm negative. Now I notice both sides of her neck has lump, one side bigger. My other kittens do not have these lumps. My vet said she doesn’t think it’s polyps because that’s uncommon in kittens, so $500 in tests later and I have no answers. Shouldn’t they have noticed these lumps? They are the size of a small marble.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I have only been able to feel a polyp a few times. Every so often I can do a quick enough oral exam to feel them in the back of the mouth. But even with these I needed to do a sedated exam to be sure. Kittens can get hyperthyroidism which can cause palpable enlargement of the glands on the outside throat area. This is diagnosed and confirmed with a blood test. Please call your vet to discuss these. If finances are a concern call the shelters and rescues to see if there are low cost pet care options available.

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Valerie | 2 years ago
Hi There. My Dog Ruby Had Sudden Onset Mast Cell Tumors Present About 3 Weeks Ago. She…

Hi there. My dog Ruby had sudden onset Mast Cell Tumors present about 3 weeks ago. She’s an energetic 4 year old pit/great dane mix (I know because I spent a billion dollars on a DNA kit). I noticed about 7 subcutaneous lumps on her left side while she was outside playing. They felt like little oblong marbles under her skin. Our vet is an hour away. We had moved a few months back and kept our vet because we love him so much. We still see him for routine care. There is a vet very close to our home and I have read good reviews and have had email conversation previously when I was deciding whether or not to switch vets. I was concerned Ruby would have cancer, I just felt it, and didn’t want her to have to make several long trips to our vet if she were to require surgery, etc. So I decided to take her to the new close to home vet. As it is Covid-19 season, I did not get to go inside the vet’s office with her. They aspirated one of the lumps and were concerned. She was scheduled for surgery in the following week. I talked to my other vet about this, and he was not pleased to hear they aspirated her, because he was worried that the histamines from the tumor would cause it to spread. I was alarmed and researched Dr. Google for 2 days. It seemed to me after my research that the aspiration was standard course of care. Ruby had her surgery and had 2 large masses removed. They could not take all of them because there would have been too many incision sites. Directions for care included keeping her inactive for 10-14 days, not an easy dear with an anxious 65 lb lap dog. On day 7 of recovery, I noticed a fluid buildup around the incision site. Back to Dr. Google, I decided she had a seroma. I called the vet the next morning and we took her over and my suspicion was confirmed. They told us to call if it got worse. We still haven’t received the pathology back on the two masses that were removed. This morning I decided I needed to do more research, as two new masses have cropped up (the tumors, not seroma). Ruby is in good spirits and just wants to play and run with our other dogs. She’s mad at me, I’m sure of it, for making her lay around all day. Is it normal to have a seroma after surgery? Why do these tumors pop up all of a sudden?

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Joseph | 2 years ago
Small Lump On Dogs Ear. My Dog Is Around 10 Years Old At This Point, He Is …

Small lump on dogs ear.

My dog is around 10 years old at this point, he is a King Charles spaniel x Patterdale and has never had any major health problems. He is an extremely active and energetic dog but has a small hard red lump on his ear.

I probably noticed it a few weeks ago, as far as I can tell it hasn’t changed in size. He quite often gets thorns stuck in his skin as he likes to dive into absolutely anything to retrieve his ball, so maybe it could be an infected thorn wound? Even so, I will most likely be taking him to the vet but would like some other opinions first.

(It doesn’t seem to be giving him any discomfort)

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I don’t think that you need to rush to the vets office but I do think it should be seen by them. It is utterly impossible to diagnose any limp or bump via a photo. And honestly even in person I usually have to say that the only way we know for sure what it is is with biopsy. It is small so your vet might also ok the watch and wait scenario. But if I do this with my clients I always preface it with the following:
    I measure the mass with a ruler. And I tell the client to measure it at least weekly so monitor growth. I also give a “return for recheck” instruction if it grows by 20% or more. And I further go on to say “remove if it gets ____ big”. So it doesn’t grow too big to allow surgical excision.
    I hope this helps. Let us know what happens. Also ask your vet if they think it might be a histiocytoma. I’ve seen lots of them. Good luck.

    1. Joseph Post author

      Hi, thanks for the advice!
      As I haven’t noticed much (if any) growth, I’ll give it about a week or so to see if it does grow or shrink. And if it stays the same or increases in size I will take him to the vet. Like you said, it’s very difficult to tell what it it just by a photo or without a biopsy, but I did do some googling and it does look similar in appearance to a Histiocytoma. Even so, he will most likely go to the vet.

      Thanks for the advice!

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Morghan | 3 years ago
Need Help!! My 9 Year Old Dog Has Had A Lump On The Side Of His Face …

Need help!!
My 9 year old dog has had a lump on the side of his face which looks like a cyst for a couple of years now. It didn’t look serious and he appeared fine so we never took him to a vet. Now we are getting worried as it keeps getting bigger and now appears a reddish colour and appears to be bleeding slightly. We are going to be taking him to a vet but I also would like some opinions before I go there.
In the image I have put in below is the lumps current state.
If u could please give what a normal procedure would be to treat it and estimated price(UK) that would be greatly appreciated

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    It is not possible for anyone to diagnose via a photo. Please bring your pup to the vet as soon as possible. I am very worrie this is going to rupture and it will not stop bleeding as it is not normal tissue. I am concerned it might be some kind of cancerous lesion but I also hope and believe ( based on how slow growing it is ) that is is not a malignant or aggressive kind. Please see a vet and have it removed. It looks like this can be done without too much difficulty. I wouldn’t waste time or money on aspirates. If you are on a tight budget find someone who will remove it before it becomes a bigger problem. Please let us know what happens. And best of luck.

    1. Morghan Post author

      Thanks so much for the opinion. We are taking him to a vet ASAP. I hope he will be ok. Will keep u updated about it.

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Suzanne Cannon | 3 years ago
Recently Rescued Dog, Ivory, Comes In For A Spay Surgery (OHE)
Treatment Cost (USD): $848.80
Ivory is a 7 year old mixed breed dog who was recently adopted from a rescue organization. Her new owner noticed that she had some lumps on her upper abdomen. The vet determined that these lumps were actually enlarged mammary tissue, and she also noted some discharge around the nipples. She speculated that perhaps Ivory had never been spayed, as she wasn't able to find evidence of a spay scar. The vet's recommendation was that the enlarged mammary growths be removed, and that Ivory undergo spay surgery (OHE: ovariohysterectomy) during the same procedure.
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Suzanne Cannon | 3 years ago
Lucy: Feline With Severe, Chronic Stomatitis
Treatment Cost (USD): $705.70
Lucy is a rescued kitty who first came in to Jarrettsville Veterinary Center with her new owner because she wasn't feeling well - she was lethargic, not eating well, and had two large lumps on the side of her mouth. She was diagnosed with severe stomatitis and hospitalized for treatment. Over the course of the next several months, Lucy received multiple medical treatments in an effort to manage the distressing symptoms caused by her stomatitis. She was given several courses of antibiotics, steroids, and pain meds, and even received laser treatments to help manage pain and swelling. Eventually it was recommended that the best way to help Lucy would be to schedule her for a complete dental cleaning and extractions of diseased teeth.
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Christy Brannen | 3 years ago
3 Weeks Post-spaying Of An Adult Dog Who Was Also Pregnant. Everything Seemed Fine After…

3 weeks post-spaying of an adult dog who was also pregnant. Everything seemed fine after a ‘ruff’ couple of days. About 3 days ago I noticed a soft-ish ‘bubble’ type lump on her side. It is not by the incision site, which seems to be healing fine. If she lays on her side, it higher up her side from her thigh and closer to her back than her underbelly. It is not hot, is not red or have any color, does not seem to cause her any discomfort if I touch it and she isn’t acting any differently. Food and water going in and coming out just fine. I’ve just read up on hernias and seromas in dogs, but I don’t see anything about them being in that area post-op. I will take her to the vet soon, but would like to put my mind at rest and know if there is anything can do for her in the meantime. Thanks

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I think that this should be seen by your vet. Speculation is not a place to base this answer upon. There is no way anyone can answer this with any credible guessing. Please see your vet. If it looks abnormal to you your vet needs to be consulted.

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Kage Whiteman | 3 years ago
My Dog Was Spayed 10 Days Ago And Has Developed A Hard Lump Under Incision…

My dog was spayed 10 days ago and has developed a hard lump under incision we then took her back to vet they told us it was just inflamed not to worry now it has grown larger and is very firm to touch doesn’t feel like puss filled and she’s eating regularly.

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  1. Sarah

    Good morning. Sorry about your pup. Is your dog still on antibiotics? Is it warm or painful to the touch? How large is the lump? When is your next scheduled follow up? Depending on the answers, you might want to get back in to the vet sooner. If you feel uncomfortable with the answer that you are getting, you could always ask for a second opinion as well.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    It might be scar tissue which will heal over time. But it could also be infection or dehiscence which might need immediate veterinary intervention. Please call the vet who did the surgery and ask to be seen for a recheck. I do these for free for any of my patients. I hope this helps.