Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old December 19th, 2008, 09:49 PM
bellaTX's Avatar
bellaTX bellaTX is offline
loves her bullie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: san antonio TX
Posts: 4
dog as lump on outside of rib cage

about 2 days ago i noticed my APBT had a lump i thought nothing of it i have 2 other dogs thought it was just from rough housing but i noticed today that the lump is now hard she dosent show signs that it hurts her but it may be her breed that just wont allow her to show weakness im not sure but my question is do american pitbulls have known illnesses like cancer? about 2 months ago she had a lymph gland infection and her neck was swollen very bad but got on antibiotic and is better now... does anyone happen to have an experience with this mysterious lump on her side?? shes going to the vet tomorrow but with the holidays i can only really go to find out what it is
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old December 19th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Dr Lee's Avatar
Dr Lee Dr Lee is offline
Senior Contributor - Expert
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bay Area California
Posts: 1,058
A few questions: How old is the dog? Did the mass develop suddenly? Has it grown? Gotten smaller? Changed in the way it feels? Have the lymph nodes been rechecked since the antibiotics?
__________________
Christopher A. Lee, D.V.M., C.V.L.S.
Promoting surgical options and pet comfort through the use of lasers.
www.acerlux.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old December 19th, 2008, 09:54 PM
Frenchy's Avatar
Frenchy Frenchy is offline
-
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Quebec
Posts: 30,227
2 of my dogs have them. One will be tested by my vet next month.

You'll have to ask your vet to do an aspiration test first , to see if it's a fatty lump. If it's not , a biopsy would be best.

Good luck !
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old December 19th, 2008, 10:00 PM
bellaTX's Avatar
bellaTX bellaTX is offline
loves her bullie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: san antonio TX
Posts: 4
dog has lump on side

well i noticed it yesterday shes my baby so i watch her like a mother that was the first time i saw it its still the same size of a walnut it was softer yesterday but today its hard shes 2 years old will be three in april it took her back for the lymph gland and everything checked out ok
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old December 19th, 2008, 10:07 PM
Dr Lee's Avatar
Dr Lee Dr Lee is offline
Senior Contributor - Expert
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bay Area California
Posts: 1,058
If she was playing rough, it could be a hematoma which is bleeding under the skin which would then form a clot. These will come up suddenly, get firm and slowing reduce in size. They do NOT: slowly grow or even grow at all. Treatment: warm compress and rest. If they do not resolve or if they change in any manner (grow, become irregular, have inflammation, pain, etc...) then they should be evaluated immediately.

Frenchy's recommendation is a good one. Fine needle aspiration with cytology is a great idea and always the best plan. If you cannot make it to a vet right away, then warm compress and monitor. If it hasn't gone away in 2 weeks or if it grows or changed - then you need to make a veterinarian appointment.
__________________
Christopher A. Lee, D.V.M., C.V.L.S.
Promoting surgical options and pet comfort through the use of lasers.
www.acerlux.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old December 20th, 2008, 12:37 PM
Goldens4Ever's Avatar
Goldens4Ever Goldens4Ever is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: GREEN BAY, WI!
Posts: 349
Ironic you brought this up in your post. I took Goldie to the vet a few weeks ago for a lump to the right of her spine. The doctor examined it & said that it was caused from an ingrown hair...she referred to it as a "dermatological cyst." She said that there's no reason to remove it & dogs can get these ingrown hair randomly - nothing specific causes it & it's not going to cause any problems. Let's hope that's what your dog has too!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old December 21st, 2008, 05:08 PM
mummummum's Avatar
mummummum mummummum is offline
-
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: The Hammer
Posts: 8,535
To answer one of your questions, cancer happens in all breeds. Pitties aren't exempt I'm afraid. Lumps can occur for all sorts of reasons. Ceili gets the odd bump which turns into a lump and goes away with an ice pack/ hot pad/ice pack/ hot pad. Bridie and Declan have lots of permanent lumps and bumps. Some are fatty lumps, some are cysts which they have drained when they get "too big". I get each of these of lumps and bumps aspirated once a year (unless they change of course) because even a cyst can have a tumour within it. Let us know how you make out.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old December 21st, 2008, 05:32 PM
Spatx's Avatar
Spatx Spatx is offline
Mom of Cody and Nova
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 591
My boy Cody has a couple of grape-sized lumps on the outside of his ribcage. He has about 4 of them, but they are just fatty tissue growths, which can be quite common on older dogs. (Cody is 8 years). Also my previous dog Lucky kept getting benign growths on the back of his hind legs, we got them tested and removed after they continued to grow. Luckily it never impeded him in any way, and they posed no threat to his health whatsoever.

The only way to truly find out what they are is to visit your veterinarian and get them to run some tests. Chances are they are something minor that won't bother your dog, let us know how it goes!
__________________
Cody - Australian Shepherd
Nova - Border Collie
Sniper - Border Collie/Cattle Dog X
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old December 29th, 2008, 09:16 PM
bellaTX's Avatar
bellaTX bellaTX is offline
loves her bullie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: san antonio TX
Posts: 4
thanks to everyone who was concerned bella turned out ok after putting heat wraps on her the lump went away all is well
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old December 29th, 2008, 09:33 PM
Frenchy's Avatar
Frenchy Frenchy is offline
-
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Quebec
Posts: 30,227
That is good news !
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old December 29th, 2008, 10:15 PM
hazelrunpack's Avatar
hazelrunpack hazelrunpack is offline
The Pack's Head Servant
Chopper Challenge Champion, Mini KickUps Champion, Bugz Champion, Snakeman Steve Champion, Shape Game Champion, Mumu Champion, Mouse Race Champion
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Just east of the Hazelnut Patch, Wisconsin
Posts: 50,105
That is good news! WooooooHooooo!!! Good girl, Bella!
__________________
"We are--each of us--dying; it's how we live in the meantime that makes the difference."

"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!"

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:32 AM.