I just recently posted in the newbie section, just got my first GSD.
I took Damian to get his 10 week shots the other week, the vet noticed a lump on his back right hing leg, directly next to his tail. It was probably the size of a golf ball, how did I miss that? The vet didn't seemed concerned, just wanted me to keep an eye on it. The day (Sunday) I woke up and checked it. It seemed to have gotten a bit stiffer. I jumped to conclusions and called the animal hospital immediately. After 6 hours at the hospital, they came ot to tell me they don't have a clue what it is, nor have they seen anything like this. They told me they took a blood sample and it doesn't seem to be infectious. They faxed over all of the paperwork to my regular vet and I planned to take him there the next day. The hospital assured me they only see the worst of th worst normally, so that is why they have never seen this before. They were nice enough to charge me $400 to tell me nothing, haha. The next morning I took Damian to the vet, pretty much got the same answer from them, but they took a blood sample to send in to have it reviewed. That night, I call the breeder to see if they know about this problem. HAH.
Come to find out, the puppy grates were switched from 1/2" to 1" to keep the pens cleaner, but this caused skin to kind of fall through and hang. Blood and serom filled up in the loose skin causing the issue. Come to find out, their puppy that they kept had the same exact issue in the same exact spot. Their vet explained what the problem was, and told me it would go away after some time.
Damian is 12 weeks now and the lump is half the size it was two weeks ago, almost gone.
Moral of the story, call the breeder first. I made the wrong choice, haha.
$1500 for the pup
$400 animal hospital
$380 vet check
All before his 12 week birthday, lol!
Not to mention his shot bills, food, etc.
All in a good days work! Good thing I love this dog.