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Thread: Anyone seen a lump on a foreleg like this? Vets?

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    Default Anyone seen a lump on a foreleg like this? Vets?

    This is on my older dog. Seems like once or twice a year, after training on rougher terrain, he comes up lame for a couple of days. When it happens it is obviously painful, then after 2 days he feels fine. The lump goes away in about a week. Always the same leg, always the same place for the lump. Any ideas?





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    I should note that the bump is hard and bony, not a soft swelling or movable lump.
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    Hmm Dewclaw re-growths the only thing I can think, if they didn't get the upper bone could be growing or moving around under the skin
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    Believe it or not, It could be cyst They hurt like hell for a few days then disappear only to reappear at another time, Surgery can solve it but it wont show up on an x-ray, And they will be hard as a rock sometimes when they are inflamed,

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    2tall,

    Lots of tendons and ligaments in that area. Makes me wonder about a sprain with swelling at the site of the injury. Could have injured it once and it recurs with a mis-step on the unlevel ground. That's my best guess.

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    Swackhamer, I think you might be right. Question now, do I rest him and let him work, or do I look for competent Ortho, or just let him sleep by the hearth? His choice would be run, run, run!
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    Carol,

    I'm not a vet, but I'd consider NAID's for short term pain relief and more importantly for their anti-inflammitory properties. What you do long term is up to you and your dog. You say he's "older" but don't state an age. If he lives to work then give him some in more level terrain after he has healed. You may have to moderate his work-outs somewhat. I'd be surprised if a vet could "fix" the problem, but a consult with an ortho might give you some good input to make your descision and to give you peace of mind that you're done the right thing. I also doubt that he is likely to do serious damage if you don't let him over-work while recovering.

    Good Luck! Let us know what you find out.

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