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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-04-2007, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Found a Lump?

I was playing with capote the other day and I found a lump down on his lower back. It freaked me out, but it's hard to go to my vet right now cause I'm so far away. I talked to a couple friends and here's a couple thoughts. Maybe it's a fat deposit? I think he's a bit young for it to be anything like cancer. What I was thinking is that it might be a knot where he got his rabies shot?? Anyone heard of this?? It seems to be getting smaller within the last couple days..but he got the rabies shot a couple weeks ago. If he got a mesquito bite would they swell up that big??

It's not on any bone mass or anything..it seems to be somewhat moveable but on the interior... When I touch it or feel it it doesn't bother him even a lil bit so there's no pain. Just wondering if any of ya'll have found anything like that on your dogs and if you found out what it was? If it's still there when I get back to texas I'm going to ask the vet about it..but I'm not going to freak out until I have to. Last time I did that it cost me 130 dollars for something trivial!
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I found the same thing on Dreamer. It freaked my out! But i was doing some research & my vet confirmed it was just a fatty deposit. My husband(who in NOT overweight) has a few on his chest & ribcage area.

Is it hard? Hers was pretty soft. But if its in the same spot as his shot i have seen that reaction before too. So i know how you feel!! But its better to be safe than sorry.

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My mom's poodle mix has the same thing. The vet said it was a fatty deposit and said that if its moveable that's a better sign of a fatty deposit than if it isn't. I'd watch it if I were you and if it gets any larger within a certain time frame, visit your vet. Actually, when it comes to my girls I'm a worrier so I'd at least call your vet.

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I do not know, but I do not think puppies the age of capote get fat deposits. Yes, it could be scar tissue from a shot or other injury. Also it could be a swollen lymph node, but I do not know where the nodes are in a dog. Can you do a web search?
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I know of two dogs that have had fatty deposits before they were 12 weeks of age (both are Havs), so it is possible, but I think the only way you will ease your mind is to have a veterinarian look at it.

Just out of curiosity, where is it? You said lower back, but if he is standing on all four feet with his back to the sky, is it on that top part of his back, closer to the tail? Most vaccines are given much higher, up by the head. (The two fatty deposits I know about are on the under belly, not the back.)
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if he's standing up straight it's about 2 inches below his rib cage and about 2 inches to the left of his spine..and it's not 'soft'...but it's not rock hard either..
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I am brand new on the board. I own a 4 month old boy-Racquet. The vet found a lump on his tummy last week.My breeder mentioned it could be from the umbilical cord.. Has anyone ever heard of this kind of lump?
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Izzy has an umbilical hernia and it will be repaired when she is spayed. We knew of it when we got her and I would think that the vet would know what it was, or at least be relatively sure.

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umbilical hernias are inheritable, and a dog with a hernia should not be bred. , however, does not differentiate between "true hernias" where there is a defect in the body wall, and "delayed closures", where a small bit of omentum slips out of the area before the umbilicus closes. generally have a thick cartilage edge with an irregular, more or less circular shape. They may extend up into the diaphragm, causing a communication between the thoracic (chest) cavity and the abdominal cavity. These are very difficult to repair surgically because there is a great deal of tissue missing and the tissue is hard and inflexible. They often require the use of a mesh implant to close the defect. These hernias can be related to other midline defects such as heart abnormalities and cleft palates.umbilical hernias can make no progress in closing, ever. They must always be surgically repaired. These individuals should never be bred. These are quite serious. I hope this helps you I got it off of the net for you and welcome to the form
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The catch is, you must know which you have. Most veterinarians don't draw these kinds of conclusions or try to differentiate the two different conditions. Your vet may or may not be of help to you in this. Breeders with years of experience often know the difference intuitively. Indeed, since "true" hernias are relatively rare, most have never seen one, unless they are breeding a line that produces them. In these cases, they see true hernias with great enough frequency that any breeder with any common sense will abandon that line.
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