Lump under puppy's "arm"

Old 01-21-06, 09:31 PM
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Lump under puppy's "arm" question regarding the new additions to our family. We adopted 3 small dogs that someone dumped in our neighborhood. They are rat terrier or Jack Russell mixes..a mama and 2 puppies about 5 months old. I just discovered a lump under both puppies' right front legs, where the 'armpit' would be. None of the other dogs in our home have these, so I am suspecting maybe an infection in the puppies (maybe from cutting new teeth?) that is causing the lymph glands to swell. Has anyone else ran into this? They were to the vet for their shots and worming about a week ago and the vet said they were fine. However, I didn't notice the lumps at that time.
Old 01-22-06, 12:08 AM
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It could be any number of things. I would call your vet and speak with him/her about it asap. Not emergency visit time, but just a phone consult type thing. Your vet can best decide if they need to return to the office.

I have had some pups that had swollen glands when they had viral infections, which don't show up as real illness with symptoms.

Please let us know what your vet has to say and keep us posted on the progress of socializing them to your household.
Old 01-26-06, 05:08 AM
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I had a similar experience with my female Collie when she was about 8 months old. The lump seemed to appear overnight. I had just had her to the vet for a post-surgical check and the next day I found a lump behind her right front leg. It was almost golf balls size so back to the vet we went.

It turned out to be a hygroma--basically a fluid-filled sac where muscle had separated from the connective tissue.

The vet drained it and she has been fine since. The vet did caution me that if the sac filled again it would mean placing a tube in the sac and surgiacally placing the drain under her skin so the fluid would drain into her gut--a permanent fix we luckiy did not need.

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