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04-10-2014 12:46 AM
sparra you have peace of mind
04-10-2014 12:32 AM
anonymouse71 Thanks to all of you who replied. Sorry for the blurring in the photo. My camera sometimes finds it challenging to take close up pictures of a wiggly doggie.

The vet looked at her lump and told me that it was her body reacting to the inner sutures. Some of you mentioned that. I looked at her lump today and it is a little bit smaller. She is almost back to her full hyper self, but I am still keeping her up in a smaller pen. I will let her back out in the pasture when her lump is gone. She wants out to run very badly!!

Anyway, thanks again to all you shepherd experts!
04-07-2014 12:23 PM
JakodaCD OA 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
04-07-2014 10:36 AM
Shade 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
04-07-2014 10:05 AM
firestorm 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.
04-07-2014 08:04 AM
sparra 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.
04-07-2014 07:31 AM
VTGirlT 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.
04-07-2014 07:18 AM
Anubis_Star 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.
04-07-2014 02:22 AM
MustLoveGSDs 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.
04-07-2014 02:21 AM
LoveDogs 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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