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Unread 04-25-2009, 02:23 AM   #1
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My partner and i adopted a 2yr old mastiff from the RSPCA about 3 weeks ago, she was de-sexed and microchipped,
I noticed 2 days ago under the skin about a cm away from the incision(scar) a lump about the size of a 5 cent piece maybe a little bit smaller.
The lump is like rock hard.

She went back today to get the stitches out and i asked them about the lump and they didnt really give me a straight answer they said something like "when the skin is pulled apart small lumps appear"

When i got home i realised she was talking about different bumps.

Is this anything to be concerned about?

surely if a VET took the stitches out he/she would of noticed the lump right?

Should i be so worried?

I was thinking its where they tie the tubes not to sure
does anyone know how Female dogs are De-sexed?

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What you're feeling might be her navel.

If it isn't inflamed, seeping or painful to the touch it's probably nothing to worry about. If you're in doubt call the vet back and explain that you didn't make yourself clear regarding the lump you were concerned about. Let them take it from there.

They don't tie the tubes on a dog, they remove the entire reproductive system.
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It might be a small reaction to the internal sutures, which over time will reduce and become less noticable. If in any doubt as above ring vet back and ask to have another quick check up
Also the ends of the sutured wounds can sometimes end up a little puckered it really depends on how well ur vet can sew!!

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Thanks for the quick reply s
it is'nt painfull of inflammed and she is happy as larry so i think i was stressing over noting,

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This happened to my dog -- she's a Maltese-poodle, so the "lump" was pea-sized. The vet said that it was probably the knot at the end of the stitches. Sometimes they just dissolve on their own, but other times, they don't, and you get a lump. The vet I saw suggested that if it didn't go away on its own, it could be surgically removed. But it disappeared on its own.

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I would not be so concerned honey since you went back and he/she knows about this. Could of been a nip of the skin stitching her up, I have had this in fat big females also that left. If it be soft I would be more concerned, but the vet should know to tell you it is almost nothing, hard usually means a cyst type that leaves. I fatty big lump is not good on anything...period!! Good you gave a home to a dog in need very kind of you and to micro chip is great, I do all my dogs and pups even though they have a tatooe in right ear, that can be smeared or thieves can cut the entire ear off should one be grabbed, doubt that though, it just makes me feel better with a chip in them. I use Avid by the way. It is a good chip most vets use also. Hope all goes well with your big new pal.
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Thanks for all the kind words

Miss Molly is sound asleep on the bed, looks like another night in the spare bed for me lol

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Just watch her and keep taking her temperature. If there is infection she will run a fever. Last year when I got our German Shepherd spayed she developed an infection and there was a hard lump all the way down the incision. 2 days after we had her staples taken out she started running a fever and developed the lump. She was given antiobiotics and I had to put hot packs on the incision 3 times a day.

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