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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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lump on front of throat

Our boy Mickey (1-year-old) has been hacking from time to time the last few days but he seemed normal otherwise. Tonight, we felt a fairly large (almost ping-pong ball sized) lump under his skin, but in front of his throat on his neck. He is acting just fine, running around like normal, eating and drinking normally. We are out of town, and it is late here so we will see about getting him to a vet as soon as we can, but does anyone have any immediate thoughts?

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I looked it up on google for you

Some dogs get thyroid tumors on their throats. They are removed and almost all are not cancerous. This could be what it is. Need to get a vet check soon though as the pressure is often on the breathing passage.

I'm not a vet, nor can I see or feel it to look more on google for you...

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Prayers for your little Mickey! My first thought also was a thyroid tumor.

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I hope it's nothing serious! Let us know what the vet says.
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Fingers crossed that all turns out well.

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Hope he's ok!

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Sorry it took me so long to get this posted but thanks for all of the notes and wishes!

The lump was a bit bigger the next day, so we got to a vet first thing; he immediately put us at ease. He said it was grass, believe it or not. I have never heard of this before so I thought I'd share (even though I've owned multiple dogs). He said that sometimes when dogs eat grass such as foxtail, a piece of it migrates through their throat and sinus passages to other parts of their head. Most common is the top of the head, but he does see throats as well. It gets infected and swells into a lump rapidly. He could tell this was what it was by the way the lump felt.

He recommended hot packs on it a few times a day to bring it to a head and then said it would break open, probably within a few days. We were to squeeze out any extra pus, apply hydrogen peroxide to the wound, then get in touch with a vet for a round of antibiotics.

We applied hot packs that day. I am so very glad that I knew what to expect, because if I'd seen what I did with no warning, I think I would have lost it. Soon after waking up the next morning, I noticed Mickey licking his paws. I went over and lifted his head higher--his entire front side was covered with blood and pus. It was awful.

We followed all of the doctor's orders, and it has gone exactly as he said. Aside from initial soreness at the site, Mickey has had no ill effects. The vet did note during the exam that at this time of year here in Alaska, he sees 2-3 dogs with these lumps. I find it strange that in all my internet searches, I found no reference to this, so I am hoping that passing this along will help some other Hav owners!

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goodness...

those darn foxtails!

Thank goodness you knew or you might have fainted or panicked!

Ah and now all is well?

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Wow Bethany, I would have freaked out too! I'm glad you got to a vet who recognized the problem right away. I wonder how many of them would have known what it was. So happy to hear that little Mickey is ok now.

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I am very relieved to hear that he is doing better. Foxtails can kill, from what I have read. Apparently, they have these barbs that go in only one direction and can keep migrating thru the body to organs. Apparently, I think they can just get stuck on their skin as they walk thru fields. I have not heard of one being able to come back out thru the use of hot packs....I am so glad that worked.

I have googled for pictures in the past, trying to decide if we have any foxtail family type of weeds around where I live, but I just can't tell the difference between plants very well.
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