Old 01-12-09, 04:12 PM
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Question hymatoma

Hello, my Boxer was seen by the vet 8 months ago for a lump on her side after lots of $ and stress it was found to be a hymatoma so that was great I was told it would go down in time not to drain it.I believe it is causing her no pain.I did have it tested for cancer and infection. My problem is it has not gone down it has gotten bigger. I tried to see if it would drain used a needle but it did not release much blood. She seems to be in no pain it just looks bad. I dont know if the vet would do anything or just leave well enough alone? Has anyone else had this kind of exsperience?
Old 01-12-09, 06:39 PM
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take her back to the vet,

how come common sense isn't so common?
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A hematoma is a collection of blood outside the blood vessels. With a minor injury, such as a bruise, the blood is reabsorbed by the blood stream. Hematomas almost always occur with a fracture. Has the dog received an injury? Sometimes pets run into things and a hematoma can result. It's best that the vet drain it to prevent infection.
Old 01-13-09, 09:30 AM
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You definitely need to take her back to the vet. Is the vet new to you, or have you been using them for a while? The reason I ask is that if you are not comfortable with the vet you may not be asking enough questions etc.

It could me something as harmless as a fatty tumor, but still it needs to be checked again. Twelvepole is right, hematomas are normally reabsorbed and only leave a bit of scarring where it once was.

If it is a hematoma, it should have reduced in size by now. The vet is the best one to open and drain one, due to the nature of the injury. My vet generally will drain them if they do not resolve in a reasonable amount of time.

Do keep us posted.

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