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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-07-2014, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions and advice on spay site lump

This coming Tuesday will be two weeks since I had Sallie spayed. Her surgery site looked really good until the staples were removed (on day 8). Now it looks like a large lump and I am really starting to worry. Have any of you seen this on your spayed dogs? I called the vet and was told that it should get better with some time. It just looks odd to me and I was wondering what others who have had spayed dogs think.

One of the pictures is with the staples in and the other picture is a day or two after the staples were removed.

I was conflicted in whether to even have her spayed or not. Years before, I had a special dog near and dear to my heart that I didn't spay and after 10 years her uterus became filled with infection and had to have an emergency spaying which she never fully recovered from, causing her death. So with Sallie, I thought I will spay her and I won't make that same mistake. I hope I havent made one anyway. I love Sallie even though I never planned on loving another dog quite like that again. As I'm sure some of you know there's merely loving a dog that's cute, sweet, and an enjoyable pet, but then there's really loving a dog with that special bond where they own your heart and are more than just a pet.

Any and all opinions and advice are welcome and appreciated.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-07-2014, 02:15 AM
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looks fine
that is the suture reaction from the internal sutures
if in doubt go back to the vet to have them take a peek
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I'm not a vet, but I would say I would be concerned if there was redness, heat, drainage, puss, or if the dog was having abnormal behavior or pain. In the photo, from what I can tell, it's a raised area without redness, drainage, or puss. It could be something as simple as the internal sutures causing a local reaction. If it concerns you greatly, take her back to the vet physically to have your vet put your mind at ease or to take care of the situation.

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It's normal and will go away. Seen it plenty after spaying rescue dogs. We had a 13 year toy poodle needing an emergency spay at the hospital last week due to a pyometra. It is horrible for dogs to go through.

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ummm the post-removal picture is blurry and hard to see, but almost looks like a herniation to me. I would be concerned that the internal sutures holding the internal layer of muscles together dehisced and now there is basically a hole in the abdominal wall. It also looks like a fairly large lump. Even if it is something like a suture reaction that is still extremely concerning - went back in to surgery one time on a dog that had a suture reaction after a spay and the surrounding muscle and tissue literally looked like hamburger meat it was such a severe reaction.

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Like what LoveDogs said, if there was lots of redness, if it was hot and especially if there was drainage or puss I would be very concerned and bring her in. I see lumps on spay scars all the time, its normal and part of the healing process. My dog never had that big of a lump if it does look like whats in the picture, so just keep an eye on it.
Make sure exercise is restricted and little to no jumping! If it started doing any of those other red flags, you can bring her in for peace of mind and to make sure it still looks healthy for a spay scar. I know that i am a worry-wort and it's better to be safe than sorry in any case and also therefore having a faster healing process.

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Lumps like this are common BUT should always be checked for herniation......get it checked to be on the safe side.....shouldn't cost you anything and will not take more than a couple minutes to have a poke.
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This never happened to any dog that I ever spayed. I can say when I had my cat spayed she had something that looked very close to that and about the same size maybe a tad smaller. I took her to the vet because it just did not seem right to me. It turned out to be a huge infection. If I had waited any longer she would of died, she was sick but did not show any real signs. My brother talked me into a low cost spay program that was in Burlington, WI. She was kept at her regular vets for a few days. She made it and is doing fine. I felt real bad after because I think I should of had her spayed at her regular vets. If you are not sure a trip to the vet is well worth it, just to have peace of mind and to know that it is not something more.
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It never hurts to take good photos and email them to the vet for their opinion. Or go in and have them look at it again to ensure the healing process is going well


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I would have your vet check out, tho like anubis said the pic is rather blurry, it looks rather "lumpy" to me, lumpier than normal.

I had a female who had a reaction to the gut sutures,,it was very red, not as swollen as your picture, oozy, just didn't seem to heal right after staples removed..Took her back, she had to be opened up and have the internal sutures removed..bad batch of gut stitch..

Don't want to scare you, not saying this is the case with yours, but I think I'd want the vet to check that out

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