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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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left side rib protrusion

Hi, I noticed my dog’s left flank is protruding out. It doesn’t bother her that much. There are similar posts before. Is this gonna go away, how long, what is the problem exactly? Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 10:02 AM
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I don't really understand what you are saying, is this something that has been there for a long time? The picture is not really that clear. Is it bloat? An injury? A mass? Have you taken your dog to a vet? Only they can tell you the answer of what it is and why it's there.
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We have no way to answer that.
Take the dog to a vet.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 11:21 AM
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Looks like your dog is compensating for some type of injury or condition. Go see your vet for a physical exam and possibly X-rays. Her rear end is off to right as she appears to be moving forward?
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 01:05 PM
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how old is your dog? From the pic it reminds me of a mass that one of my shepherds developed, he was 12 at the time. It was on his side toward the lower ribs. The vet did X-rays and aspersion which came back probable osteocondrosarcoma a malignant bone cancer. It did not appear painful to him and when I first noticed it it was small, he would fall sometimes and at first I thought he'd fallen and hurt his rib. Definitely I would take him to the vet. It did get larger, the protrusion looked similar to how that appears in the picture, but I can't tell if that is perhaps his shoulder in the angle? At his age we did not opt for surgery, we kept him comfortable until we knew it was time. the lump itself never seemed to be painful to him, he ate well and seemed content. hope the best for you.
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an online forum is not a replacement for a vet. Make an appointment
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Could be something as simple as a fatty cyst or as serious as bone cancer. Absolutely no way to diagnose online, make a vet apt asap.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 12:44 AM
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Hello, based on my own experience, when my GSD was a puppy like maybe 3-4 months, I noticed sometimes that his side of the rib's fur will stick out a bit but I've read somewhere that it's normal. I don't notice it anymore now that he's grown. He was perfectly fine, no pain at all. I have attached a picture of him when I noticed the fur on the rib sticking out a bit as reference.
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