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Anna | 1 month ago
Hi There, Our 1 Year Old Staffie Got Spayed 5 Days Ago, Her Incision Wounds Looked Great And …

Hi there, Our 1 year old staffie got spayed 5 days ago, her incision wounds looked great and still do only she has a balloon shaped lump on one side of her incision. We have tried our hardest to keep her as inactive as possible but when my partner’s father came in she went nuts wanting to great him 🤦🏻‍♀️ I did a little research and thought it pointed to a seroma but I am unsure. There are no changes in her, she is her usual happy self. I wanted to see if I could get some info first before racing to the vets with her as I am worried now! Thank you!

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Krista Magnifico
1 month ago

Please call the vet who did the surgery for help. Or call your vet to have it examined.

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dana | 1 month ago
Hi, I Got My Cat Spayed Two Weeks Back, And She Has Developed A Swelling Behind The Skin Sutures

hi, i got my cat spayed two weeks back, and she has developed this swelling behind her skin sutures one week after the surgery. there’s no discolouration, or tenderness, or drainage of any kind from the sutures. the swelling itself feels firm, and soft tissue-esque. my cat herself doesn’t show any signs of discomfort/pain either. no loss of appetite, no diarrhoea or change in bowel movements, no change in behaviour, no lethargy, etc.
this is my first pet, so i don’t have any experience in the post-op recovery of cats, and what is considered normal or not. also i live in a super remote area, and the vets in my town are more experienced in cattle, so taking her to them was of no help. they think it’s an infection or hernia. i don’t think it’s either because there are literally no signs of infection, the wound is absolutely clean, and it’s not hernia because it’s doesn’t reduce (and if it were at a strangulated/irreducable stage, there are no systemic signs to support that diagnosis).
the hospital where i got her spayed at is in a different city, and i talked to the surgeon who performed the surgery on the phone, and going by the pictures, he thinks it’s probably a seroma. he absolutely shot down the hernia possibility, because he says they put uninterrupted sutures, so the chances of hernia are very rare.
my local vet has put her on a ceftriaxone plus dexamethasone (intramuscular) regimen, for 4 days to see if the swelling improves or not. but i am not super confident about their judgement since they are not experienced in cat physiology, at all. they didn’t even consider it could be a seroma, i had to explain it to them. i just need to know what are the chances of it being something serious, because if it’s only a seroma, or a reaction to the internal sutures getting dissolved, i’d rather not have her uselessly medicated.

so, tl;dr how does a seroma swelling feel like? and how do you differentiate between a swelling due to seroma, or because of the body’s reaction to internal sutures healing?

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Sarah
1 month ago

Hi there- When is her follow up visit to the surgeon? It is very hard to tell from a photo, but her incision looks clean- not infected. Is it warm to the touch at all? Nothing painful? You said no lethargy, etc? If she is acting normal, eating normal etc., then I would just wait until my follow up to discuss directly with the surgeon. Unless there is no follow up at this point? If that is the case and things do not improve, then you may have to take a ride I. To see the surgeon anyway to make… Read more »

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1 month ago
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Sorry- that is tricky. Any meds need to be discussed with the vet… in any case IF it is a seroma, it will hopefully reabsorb on its own. Again, the vet would have to feel it to confirm if it is indeed a seroma or not.

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Harsh | 4 months ago
Is It Normal For A Puppy To Limp After Getting A Dose Of Calcium Injected In …

Is it Normal for a puppy to limp after getting a dose of calcium injected in it’s leg?
Today was his vet’s appointment for a dose of calcium injection.
He’s a 3 months old Alsatian German Shepherd.
Unfortunately , I was picking up his litter to throw it and meanwhile he chewed a stone and gave a loud cry. I immediately came to him and stroked his fur,n Soon , his mouth was dripping so much blood! I immediately took him to the vet , who treated his wounds. Now he’s completely fine.
But after 3 hours of the dose , he started to limp (in the leg in which the dose was injected).
I asked a friend , who has taken care of many dogs! He said it’s completely normal as the dose of calcium is a bit strong and that he’ll be fine when he wakes up in the morning.
But I wanted to double check.
Please answers asap.

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Krista Magnifico
4 months ago

Hello,
Please call the vet who gave the injection. And if he is not acting normally or continues to lip past 12-24 hours go back to the vet to have him seen. I hope he is ok.

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Yamini | 5 months ago
I Have A Semi Domestic Cat With Maggots At Its Tail On Uper Body. It’s …

I have a semi domestic cat with maggots at its tail on uper body. It’s not completely a house cat and can be very aggressive when in pain. Lives mostly in parks in front of my house. I want it help but vets are all closed due the covid 19 lockdown. And the infestation of maggot is really bad. There are 3 wounds on its tail.
I need some tips to sedate it at home so that I can treat it. Any tips?

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Krista Magnifico
4 months ago

Hello,
I’m so sorry to hear about your cat.
All vet clinics in the us are open to emergencies. This is an emergency. Please call and explain what is going on and have your cat seen.

Sarah
4 months ago

Our vet remains open as well as those in the surrounding area. I would call around to find a vet as h this is an emergency.

Krista Magnifico
4 months ago

This needs to be seen by a vet. If you are unable or unwilling there are videos on YouTube on flushing them out. I cannot offer advice on how to safely sedate. A vet needs to be contacted for that. It’s too dangerous to attempt at home. Also there are products available that have been used in rescue for many years to help. I have known rescuers to use capstar. In the USA it is available over the counter.

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Suz | 7 months ago
Shoulder Hematoma/seroma In An Adult Dog, After Microchipping

Hello animal lovers! I am seeking advice about a shoulder hematoma/seroma in an adult dog, resulting after microchipping.
I recently adopted a wonderful shelter dog. The problem started when she had to be microchipped, she was uncooperative and the technician had to do 2 insertion attempts, over the left shoulder. She bled from the injection sites for a few hours, but seemed ok otherwise.
Two days later, she jumped down out of our tall cargo van, started limping within minutes, wincing in pain, and had obvious swelling on the shoulder where the microchip was placed.
We took her to the vet, where they sedated her and placed a drain for a hematoma. The vet said there was a lot of inflammation, blood and clots. She prescribed an anti-inflammatory, no antibiotics. There was a lot of drainage the first few days, then less and less. The microchip came out, I found it on her bed one morning.
They removed the drain on day 8 with almost no fluid drainage present.
Within 36 hours of drain removal, the drain holes are well scabbed over and I can see and feel a small pocket of fluid (feels like a tiny waterbed) where the hematoma was. It is not growing, even with short walks and normal backyard activity. Her behavior is totally normal, no signs of pain or infection.
After researching, this seems to fit the bill for a seroma. I would prefer to watch and wait as long as she is acting normally instead of return to the vet for diagnosis and more possible interventions…
My questions are:
Does this sound like a seroma?
Could the hematoma have returned?
Should I go to the vet to have fluid drawn to confirm? Does it sound appropriate for me to decline another drain or aspiration as long as she is behaving normally?
Is attempting to place another microchip advisable?
Is it reasonable to assume that these are complications from a poorly done microchipping?
Any insights appreciated, thank you very much!

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Krista Magnifico
6 months ago

Hello, I’m glad to hear that things have resolved and seem to be doing well. I always think it is best to talk to your vet about anything that you are worried about. It is always neat to keep the lines of communication open and healthy. Usually a seroma is just fluid clear and no blood or clots. I am not a fan of draining. It can introduce infection and keep a resolving problem an active problem. But you should discuss this with your vet. I think all pets should be microchipped. Find someone who is very comfortable doing it… Read more »

Sarah
6 months ago

Hi there! Thank you so much for rescuing a dog. It does sound like it could be a seroma. I think if it starts to feel warm to the touch or your dog shows signs of discomfort that you should go to the vet ASAP. However- I would express the concerns and suspicions that you have shared here with them- regardless of when your next visit is. A simple discussion and quick Q and A would help get a good relationship started between patient, client and caregiver. I highly recommend micro chipping. Perhaps during your chat you can figure the… Read more »

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Cathy Kowalewski | 8 months ago
Our 4 Year Old Sheltie Who Frequently Suffers From Skin Allergies Has Very Sore Front Paw Pads …

Our 4 year old Sheltie who frequently suffers from skin allergies has very sore front paw pads from licking them frequently. He takes prescribed apoquel and we supplement with benadryl as needed. I have not seen him licking his paws for a while but he has a visible limp on one paw when walking. I have looked at his paw pad and while it looks very rough and chapped I don’t see any visible cuts or wounds. In addition to the medications mentioned we have purchased dog booties for him when walking him and are applying an all natural paw butter. I’m just wondering what else we can do to help his paws heal short of putting a cone on him, as I don’t think he’s licking them currently? Thanks for any suggestions.

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Krista Magnifico
7 months ago

Hello, I see lots of limping in dogs with red and painful feet. Typically they are licking pretty feverishly. The best advice I can give is to talk to your vet and ask them all of the things you mention here. I also want to highlight how important routine year around flea and tick prevention is. Also ask about Cytopoint use. Also it might be time for a medicated shampoo and even supplements like omega 3 fatty acid. My point is that dermatology is an active and evolving condition. It takes lots of time and assistance from your vet often… Read more »

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Lauren | 11 months ago
My 12 1/2 Year Old Miniature Schnauzer Has A Bump On Her Face I Discovered Two Days Ago. …

My 12 1/2 year old miniature schnauzer has a bump on her face I discovered two days ago. The bump was originally pink and matted over by hair. She got a full hair cut about a month ago so the bump wasn’t there before that. We’ve been putting Neosporin on it and a liquid band aid but after cutting more hair from the wound which had scabs over it with the hair, it is red and still fully exposed with a black edge. Not sure what this could be. Is it life threatening or do I need to take her to the vet?

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Sarah
10 months ago

Good morning-
It is so hard to tell from a picture. I think I would call and get an appointment with the vet- it could be something simple, but I would make sure. Best of luck.

Laura
10 months ago

To the vet, for sure. They’ll want to put hands on it to help in diagnosis and cure.

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CECILIA Wang | 1 year ago
Seroma – Drain OR Not My Puppy Was Bite By Another Dog About 10 Days Ago…

Seroma – Drain OR not
My puppy was bite by another dog about 10 days ago. The wound was not big and heal very fast. But right now I found there is a seroma on his neck, “tennis ball” size. But he is normal as usual, full of energy, eat good, no painful, no fever. I took him to the vet, the doctor suggest me to do the surgery and drain the seroma. The cost is about US$1200.00. Should I do it or not? As I checked on line, normally the body could slowly reabsorb the fluid of the seroma.
Thanks in advance!!!!!!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

I agree with Sarah!

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Maija Henderson | 1 year ago
I Think My Cat Has An Abscess. She’s Had A Bump On Her Side For…

I think my cat has an abscess. She’s had a bump on her side for a few weeks with some scabs.
Came home today and saw one was open with fresh blood. Placed her in my lap and took a look at it closely. It started to ooze puss and blood. Then 2 more wounds opened up. So now she has 3 open deep purple wounds. Not sure what to do. But cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and cover it with some corona and a non adhesive pad wrapped with coban.
Anybody know what I should do from here?
I read that she probably needs to be seen and get it drained and have drain tubes placed and put under anesthesia… I don’t have much money.. at all.. help me. ☹️

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
I think the best place to start is the vets office. Make sure your cat is up to date on their rabies vaccine and ask for the area to be clipped and cleaned. I also think antibiotics might be helpful. If you can’t afford surgery (and honestly I almost never do it first thing, I wait for the antibiotics to tell me they need more help). I also never use hydrogen peroxide. There are much better options available. I hope this helps.

Sarah
1 year ago

Morning,
Just to add to Dr. Magnifico’s response…. you’re vet can provide you with a better solution to keep the wound clean, than peroxide. And if they shave the area for you, you are better able to monitor it for sure. Good luck.

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Jocelyn Reyes | 2 years ago
It’s Going To Be 3 Months That My Dog Had Surgery. She Had A Malignant…

It’s going to be 3 months that my dog had surgery. She had a malignant tumor removed. It’s taken a while to heal and the wound has finally completely healed after some complications:( The area where she had surgery feels hard and it’s kind of a lump now, is that normal? Could it be coming back? I don’t like the care she received so I’m very hesitant to go back to that vet office.

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Sarah
1 year ago

I am so sorry that you are unhappy with the service and care that you received. You are definitely within your rights to find another vet office that you feel more comfortable with. If the area is warm to the touch or painful fir her in any way, I would call a vet. The lump, depending on the size, could just be scar tissue… but if you are worried, I would start at the vet office. If you’re going to a new vet, make sure you thoroughly explain all your dog’s medical history. Best of luck!??

Sarah
1 year ago

Ok I am so sorry that you have had a bad experience at this particular office. I would call around and find another vet right now. What is the credit card issue? Most major cards I would think are excepted everywhere. There are also payment plans available out there…. care credit, vetbilling…. you could also speak to th vet office (new vet office if I were you) and explain your situation. See if they can let you pay part up front and the rest in installments. I would also call the local humane society, local spca, and other local animal… Read more »

Kathleen Halliwell
1 year ago

Following a surgery the vet office that did it would normally check it for no fee. Did they give you any written post surgical instructions?