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I am new here, I often go to the GSD pedigree data base for information and have recently discovered this site. I hope someone can offer me some information on the following discussion.
I have a five month old gsd pup. I was giving her a bath on Suday and notice a swelling or thickening on her neck. It is right around her shoulder. I pressed it and she did not react. Monday night I noticed it had gotten bigger. I felt around it and it was like fluid under her skin, it could actually be pushed around, especially because she is a pup and has lots of loose skin. It looks horrible, like a growth and moves around like a water balloon and is about the size of a softball. Tuesday I called the vet right away and got her in. The vet felt it and agreed it was fluid. She asked about any injuries and I remembered that the pup was running around on Sunday, and ran into my bird feeder pole at a full run. She did not cry, but this pup rarely does. The pup is not affected by this, she is still eating, drinking and full of her usual energy.

The vet aspirated it and said it was blood and fluid, a hematoma. She said it will eventually disapate, but put her on an antibiotic to be safe. The vet said if it gets bigger or does not start to go away, I should bring her back and they will have to drain it and put drains in. I did notice tonight it seems bigger. I will call the vet tomorrow and let her know, as I am worried. Has anyone ever experienced this. Should I be alarmed? I hate to have to have her be put under and have drains, but I will have to unless it start to go away. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Well, the lump just kept getting bigger. It was so big that it was pulling the skin from her back down, and that in turn was making her one ear go down. I took her to the vet again and he suggested that they drain it, put a drain in and go from there. He did the surgery on Friday and she did well. It was messy but draining blood and fluid. She went back to the vet on Tuesday and had the drain removed. He told us it was very important to massage the lump (what was left of it) twice a day and squeeze it and clean it, keeping the holes open for drainage. No problems there although it is hard to squeeze and get fluid out. Well, yesterday, I noticed a new hematoma forming right behind her head, above where the other one was. Now this is getting bigger and I called the vet. I have an appointment on Monday. What in the world is going on with her? She is happy, great appetite and active. I hate to put her through another surgery, not to mention another $200 vet bill. Her both ears are standing for now, so should I let this go? Has anyone ever heard of this? Does she have a weird disorder? On another message board people are suggesting a blood disorder. Thanks
 

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Re: Multiple Hematomas in 5 month old

I changed the title for you so people will see it who might know something. Hematomas are most common in the ear and usually result from an untreated ear infection (with lots of head shaking).

This is very strange. Is it possible that they didn't evacuate a large enough area so some of the fluid bubble is still there and although it appears to be a new hematoma it's actually part of the old one?
 

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Thanks for the taking the time to answer. An update, I took her to the vet on Monday and he said he thought he might have removed the drain too early. He did another surgery on her and put 2 drains in. He said it was def. from trauma and related. He wants to leave these two drains in for a week. All her blood work came back good with no bleeding disorders. Hopefully, this will do it and we will have no further problems. I guess we will just have to watch her more closely so she does not injure herself. Thanks for the support...now we have to work on her behavior.
 
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