Hello!  Our corgi came to live with us nine days ago and he's a senior of nine.  He just completed heart worm treatment and was on bed rest for some time.  Upon reading his medical file, I noticed that a couple of weeks ago he had a large mass removed from his left side.  The area was closed with staples.  I noticed today that he has a large knot about the size of a golf ball on the same side.  He recently completed heart worm treatment and has had some residual side effects such as wheezing.  Does anyone have any experience in this area?  He was just checked last Monday for his wheezing and the vet reported that he can have a little cough syrup to minimize it.  I hate to become a Munchhausen Syndrome pet owner so I wanted to find out if anyone has any suggestions?  Thanks!

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Comment by Susan Worsley on May 17, 2011 at 8:17pm
Hmm, not sure.  I will ask his foster mom.  I have been rubbing it each day and it does appear to be going away.  It could be.  I also wondered if it was "scar" tissue from having a spot removed recently.  We're going to let him meet his new vet on Friday so I'll post the outcome so we'll all have the benefit of the doctor's advice.  Thanks so much for your suggestions.  I'll let you know what I find out:)
Comment by Cecilia & Butters on May 17, 2011 at 5:24pm
This is a long shot buuuut did he recieve any shots in that area within the last week or two.  I only say this because one of our shelties just had this.  Unfortunatly, she somehow managed to catch kennel cough along with my parents other sheltie.  We have no clue how this happened really bc they don't have a lot of one on one contact with other dogs, nor stay in kennels.  Luckily, Butters (my corgi) was vacinated so she got off lucky.  :)  Anywho, back to my point... the smaller sheltie deveoloped a large lump on her side.  I'm talking golf ball size.  And the bump appeared about a week after her trip to the vets.  We of course panicked and thought the worst.  Our other sheltie has cancer, so any lumps and bumps worry the heck out of us.  Well, we whisked her off to the vet again.  The minute the vet tech asked me has she had any shots it clicked in my head what that lump probably was.  She was having a reaction the shot she had recieved the week prior.  And yes, the reaction occured a week later.  The vet said it was 99% chance that's what it was.  So she was prescribed some more medicine on top of her antibiotics.  I think she said they were anti-inflammatory pills.   It was all in german so my memory is fuzzy right now.  Anways, I thought I'd just throw this out there bc I had no clue!
Comment by Susan Worsley on May 15, 2011 at 4:22pm

Thanks for the feedback.  I think we'll introduce Bert to his new doctor and let him read over his medical records just to be safe.  It's good to know that some of the lumps might just be fatty.  I appreciate you sharing your knowledge:)


Comment by Alison Prasavath on May 15, 2011 at 1:52pm
My husband just took Noodles in on Friday because we found another lump. It is another fatty lump. Whew! We are going to try switching his food and seeing if this stops them from coming. Noodles isn't that old, he will turn six in June. I would have it tested to make you feel better.
Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on May 15, 2011 at 1:35pm
What were the knots? Its not uncommon for older dogs to get lipomas (fatty tumors) and if the new knot you found is in a different place than the original I wouldn't worry. Just watch it to see if it grows and have the vet take a look at it on his next recheck. If he had something like a mast cell tumor removed then I'd be a little more worried adn have the vet take a look at it sooner rather than later.

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