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    Question Unidentified Lump... What Is It?

    A week or more ago we discovered an odd red inflamed lump on my dog's leg. We originally thought it was just a grass seed embedded in her skin, but it has since grown into a big, angry red lump a bit more than 1cm in diameter. Earlier today, it started bleeding. Whether she bit it, scratched it on something or if it just popped, I'm not sure, but it hasn't changed in shape. She also doesn't seem to feel any pain from it, either.
    We took Lucky to the vet today, and the vet is unsure about what it is. Seeing it was just in the skin, she's decided to remove it before it gets worse. Tomorrow Lucky is having it removed for good, and it's being sent away to be analyzed to find out exactly what it is. I'm hoping it's nothing serious. The vet reeled off a few possibilities of what it might be. As soon as she said skin cancer, I went into silent panic mode and the other ones didn't sink in... some dog owner I am.

    Anyway, here is a picture of the lump. Has anyone seen anything like this before? I apologize for the terrible quality. It was taken on my phone . . . my camera died just as I was about to take the picture. Time for a new camera, I think.


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    An amstaff we had got a lump that looked exactly like that on his foot. The vet cut it off and it did turn out to be cancer. After it was cut off
    it never re-appeared and he didn't have any problems.

    not saying that's what it is, that was just our experience.

    Good luck hope it all goes well.

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    Thanks for sharing. If it is cancer, I now have hope. At least it's gone now, so hopefully it won't come back, whatever it is. I'll let you know what it is when I know.

    She's returned home very sleepy and drained of energy - understandably - but she's doing great. She still manages to follow me around if I leave the room (slow, weak and dopey, but still following), despite my prompts to stay put. I think I'm going to have to stick in the one room tonight so she doesn't move around a lot... don't want the stitches being popped. It doesn't seem like she's in pain at the moment, but that could change further through the healing process. Keeping that leg dry is going to be the hard part. With the 30+ degree heat we've been having here lately, she's been jumping in the pond to keep cool once to three time a day, without fail. Mum and Dad have agreed to let her stay inside for a few days until the vet gives her the thumbs up... I'd rather not leave her chained up outside all day. She's already getting all the attention from the family. I have Dad coming in every half hour to check on her, and anyone who walks by drops in to give her a pat.

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    Aww, bless her! Hope she recovers quickly - glad she's getting to stay inside for a while

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    Hoping the recovery process is a speedy one and the results are good ones...
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    I have friends with a Grey boy who has had a few little lumps like that pop up on the white parts of his legs. They have been little skin cancers but not malignant and each time have been fully removed and not come back.

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    Okay then. Thanks for letting me know.

    Oh dear. I'm sorry to say, but I kind of have a sneaking suspicion that Lucky's recovery process won't be that speedy... or easy. She was standing at the back door this morning, like she does when she needs to go to the toilet, so I let her out. She went to the toilet and then stole one of the balls our other dog, Ziggy, was playing with. She then chucked a spaz around the backyard, running here there and everywhere. I tried to catch her, but before I knew it she jumped into the pond. She got out when I told her to get out, which could've been worse, but she then kept running away from me. I think she thought it was a game. I probably could have handled it better, but I went into panic mode.
    So I eventually caught her, chained her up and tried to dry her leg. The pond water isn't exactly clean, and with the 'sterile-ness' off the bandage now gone, who knows what could happen. I'm terrified that her stitches have popped, and that her leg will get infected. What is the best thing to do right now? Should I take her back to the vet to get her leg checked and re-bandaged?

    I should have taken her out on the lead. I feel so terrible.
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    I'd take the bandage off and have a look (if you have one on there). All could be fine. It's hard to keep energetic dogs quiet, I had a lot of trouble with both of my dogs after they were desexed but they were all okay!

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    I agree with what Jadie said. Its probably not that much of an issue.
    But do keep an eye out, if the skin looks red or inflamed thats not a good sign. Also if she starts to get really bothered by it, that might be a sign that something is wrong. When i had Koda desexed he was fine for around 2 days but then every time he sat down he yelped and swung his neck around to try and lick the wound. I had a look and all around the stitches had gone bright red. I took him to the vet and found out that it was infected, so they gave me some antibiotics and pain killers for him and he was fine in a week or so

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    Awesome.
    We rung the vet up on Sunday to check what they wanted us to do, and they said to bring her in just to check it out. The vet took her bandage off, and it was slightly infected. He gave Lucky some liver treats to calm her nerves, us some antibiotics, and left her leg uncovered so it could have some air to heal... just as long as she was kept inside so dirt didn't get into it. If she was to scratch at it or lick it too much, we were told to just put a shirt on her to loosely cover it up. That's what I had to do this morning. She's goin' country style...

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