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Unread 02-12-2007, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Fluid under dogs skin

I just got back from my dogs first check up. She has been through a lot since we picked her on friday from the SPCA. She pulled out her stitches and a piece of fat. We had that taken care of. But the vet today said she had fluid build up around her shoulders. If you massage it, it sounds like a plastic baggy filled with water, almost crunchy sounding.

I was just wondering if anyone else had this happen with their dog. The vet said it could have been trauma from being in her crate,a bite from another dog at the shelter or from being under so much anesthesia in the past 2 days...i just wanted to know if i was the only one.

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Oh poor thing

Hope she heals soon.

Sorry no experience of this so i cant help, but welcome to the forum
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I have seen fluid buildup under the skin of the neck and shoulders of a dog that had just received an injection of antibiotics. I have seen the same thing result from irritation caused by a collar on a dog that pulled very hard on walks. In both cases, the swollen "pillow" of fluid gradually dispersed over a two-week period.

However, your description of a "crunchy" sound and sensation around the shoulders, neck and/or chest sounds to me more like subcutaneous emphysema - air in the tissues under the skin. This sometimes results from a ruptured airway or collapsed lung. While a ruptured airway is less likely, a partially-collapsed lung (pneumothorax) is a definite possibility after surgery involving general anesthesia, and air in the tissues would make its way to the neck and shoulders and cause an almost crackly sound and sensation when palpated. I have never seen this in a dog, but I have seen it in people and it is very like what you describe.
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Hope she's on the road to a quick recovery. I haven't had anything like that occur so I can't share any info with you. Good luck with your new girl.
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I sure hope she gets better.. wishing her healing and complete recovery

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Welcome to the forum TrillianM...... Does sound like she has been through a lot.....hope she gets better soon....
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Welcome to DogForum.org.

Sorry to hear of the problem you're poor dog is having. If you are really concerned call your Vet back and discuss all of this with him/her. It may be nothing but you are better safe then sorry.

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vagreys, i talked to the vet again and he said he remembered having another dog that had been on IV fluids and antibiotics like our Trillian that had the 'crunchy' sounds. He said that if we massaged her shoulders it would go away. I am going to call him again in a few days if it hasnt improved.

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vagreys, i talked to the vet again and he said he remembered having another dog that had been on IV fluids and antibiotics like our Trillian that had the 'crunchy' sounds. He said that if we massaged her shoulders it would go away. I am going to call him again in a few days if it hasnt improved.

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