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Old 03-14-2009, 01:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ridge/Bump on head top ("knowledge bump") normal?

I come to you once again with a question driving by my developing 11 month old "Audi," and which I cannot find an answer to any books I have or on the web. I'll note that my old folks think it is normal and call it a "knowledge bump" or "knowledge knot."

Audi has seemed to have a ridge/crease on her skeleton, between the ears, for quite some time. But lately I'm feeling what seems to be a "lump" forming over the same area. and I'm not sure if this is part of the normal GSD development, or something totally different (and to be concerned about). Any thoughts out there on this?

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Old 03-14-2009, 01:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i just checked - both of mine have it... its more pronounced on my 9yr old female than my 2yr old male (which makes perfect sense if it is indeed a "knowledge" bump ).

honestly tho, if you look at this link: http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/...rmation/2.html and check out #2 on the diagram, i believe the Occipital protuberance is what you're feeling.
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Yes, it is normal. It can also cause a really bad concussion when it raises rapidly as your head is lowering slowly and that bump meets your temple and comes to an abrupt halt.
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Interesting, so what else can you tell us about this knowledge bump thing?

I'll have to take a look at my two.
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Originally Posted By: AmaruqYes, it is normal. It can also cause a really bad concussion when it raises rapidly as your head is lowering slowly and that bump meets your temple and comes to an abrupt halt.
is this worse then when it meets your chin and causes you to bite your tongue?
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My daughter calls it Max's 'brain bump' - and she says ALL of his brains MUST be contained in there.. especially when he runs into objects in our yard in pursuit of 'the ball'...
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Originally Posted By: AmaruqYes, it is normal. It can also cause a really bad concussion when it raises rapidly as your head is lowering slowly and that bump meets your temple and comes to an abrupt halt.
is this worse then when it meets your chin and causes you to bite your tongue?
In my opinion, yes! Try explaining to a bunch of kids that their teacher can't talk because a dog made her bite her tongue!
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Originally Posted By: AmaruqYes, it is normal. It can also cause a really bad concussion when it raises rapidly as your head is lowering slowly and that bump meets your temple and comes to an abrupt halt.
is this worse then when it meets your chin and causes you to bite your tongue?
Concussions can be a touch more serious than biting of the tongue but BOTH hurt.
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I was just going to post about the "bump" on Marley's head. Glad to see it is normal.
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That is indeed the skeletal "crease" I mentioned, but I'm referring to something more soft tissue feeling that is not attached to the skeleton, and is actually more forward toward the nose.


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Originally Posted By: Camerafodderi just checked - both of mine have it... its more pronounced on my 9yr old female than my 2yr old male (which makes perfect sense if it is indeed a "knowledge" bump ).

honestly tho, if you look at this link: http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/...rmation/2.html and check out #2 on the diagram, i believe the Occipital protuberance is what you're feeling.
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