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Unread 09-02-2006, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default My dog has a lump.

Hi, hoping for some advice.

He's an 8 year old dalmatian, well exercised and not overweight.

Today he's developed a fairly big lump on his rear leg, about the size of a ping pong ball just below his 'knee'. The lump also has a small wound on it about a centremetre squared. It also feels soft, like it is full of fluid.

At first I thought it could be arthritis, however it has not formed on the joint but a little below it, he also shows no signs of pain or discomfort when using the leg (moving fine and not limping at all) and seems to enjoy me stroking his spine as much as ever (something I understand an arthritic dog dislikes it).

I can't find anything quite like this on the net, I just wonder if anyone here has an idea and how best to address it.

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Unread 09-02-2006, 08:28 PM   #2
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He might of gotten stung with a bee or spider or any insect, many have occurred this summer due to the heat and dryness. My daughters dog swelled beyond recognizing her face as a dog, gave her a Benadryl and ice packs and she went back down within couple hours. I would suggest to you now to put some ice on it as heat might agrevate it some as we are not sure, but if not on the joint leans me towards a bug bite. Even flull of fluid the ice or coolness should bring that down. Hold it on long as u can get the dog to stay still till it starts to go down as I feel it will.
I have 8 German Shepherds always into things I head for ice rather than heat when vets are not in and I feel this will surely help the dog. If u have Benadryl give half tab to the dog if this happened suddenly but if it has been there then do NOT give it anything but cooling it down. I feel in my heart it is nothing serious I pray not and hope this helps it out for us both.......
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it may also be an infected cut, one of my dogs got a bite wound on his forhead right above his eyebrow while playing with another dog of mine, and his whole face puffed up he looked like a bull terrier it was so bad, it ended up being a pretty deep wound even though it just looked like a scratch, so you may want to take him to the vet just to get him checked out. my dog ened up being on antibiotics for a week to get rid of the infection.
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I would have it checked out since it's close to a joint. If it is infected it could spread to the joint. Better to be safe.

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If he's been stung by an inspect you need an antihistamine, if he's caught it on something then the inflammation may be due to serum (fluid) building up

Never use liquid Benadryl, it contains alcohol which is a dangerous to dogs and in some cases even fatal. Don't do it, don't even think about it!!!

The dose is apx 10 - 12 mg for every 20 pounds of dog. Don't worry, you are not going to over dose your dog if you are a one or two mgs over. The tabs are 25 mgs usually but you can get 50mg as Diphenhydramine (its the same antihistamine)

Baby Aspirin or uncoated 81 mg heart health aspirin:
for pain / fever / inflammation.
The aspirin dose for a dog is apx 80 mgs per 15 pounds. Never use aspirin for a cat and never use Tylenol or Ibuprofen on a dog or cat. Depending on the severity of pain you can repeat the dose every 8 - 12 hrs but you shouldn't continue for more than a few days because it is hard on their tummies. Give it only after a full meal

none of the above is to replace Vet's advice its just for an emergeny only.

Hope all goes well for you.

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ID the lump soft and squish it may be a burser, which is similar to housemaids knee and sometimes the vet wll drain it or he may say just to leave it to drain itself. If the vet drains it there is a chance it will just fill upagain. If it is this then it is in no way life threatening. One of mine had this when he was a puppy and it cleared up on its own. My breeder advised me to leave it to clear on its own as she had experienced this in the past.

Hope you get it sorted out do keep us posted.
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The lump I found on Sophia's rear end turned out to be a cancer tumor. It was about the size of a golf ball and pink, but the vet told me that these tumors come in all appearannces and sizes.
Friends I asked said it was probably a fatty tumor and not to worry. I'm glad I DID worry and got her to the vet because they removed it and there were no milginant cells around it.
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I totally agree with Skunk - any lump, no matter how innocuous (unless you've actually seen an insect sting or witnessed an injury) should be investigated by a Vet.

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Hi have been thinking of your boy and wondered if you have any more news.
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Thanks a lot for all the feedback, I've made an appointment with the vet for tomorrow.

The swelling has gone down a little but thats all thats happened. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow. Thanks again.

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