A few days ago Roslyn wa

s playing with Oona and let out a huge yelp and hid. I checked her out thinking she probably got snagged by a tooth or something, but didn't find any marks. Since then she had been limping a bit, and very snippy with the other dogs. She has been super clingy to me and distant to everyone else.
I figured she had pulled a muscle or something as there was nothing external and she wasn't having any other symptoms beside being grumpy and clingy.
This morning I went about my normal routine of checking her out (I like to reassure myself often when one of my beasts are acting strangely) and found a HUGE mass had developed over night right in the middle of her chest! Ok, maybe not massive... but it is at least the size of an egg and developed over night.
I am scared to death right now. I know that most masses are cysts and nothing to be concerned about... but with the pain and the size and the speed I am near tears.
I have called my vet and they will be looking at her at 11:30am... but I am doing everything in my power to keep it together. (thank you mycorgi.com for providing my with an outlet for my stress. If I posted on facebook my family would roll their eyes and think im crazy for caring this much... as she is "just a dog".)

Being a nurse I have 3 scenarios running in my head.
Harmless cyst/tumor
Hernia
Harmful tumor

Am I missing anything? Could it have something to do with the pulmonary system? Am I being a complete and utter headcase for nothing?

I guess in the back of my head I am always worried about cancers because we adopted her when she was 5yr old (she is 7yrs old now) and had her spayed then... I have read that cancer is more prevalent in dogs that are not spayed or neutered early in life, but I am not sure HOW much more prevalent (there wouldn't be very many breeders if all there females died at 7 yrs old...)

Thanks for listening ... I feel much better "talking" to someone before the vet appointment. If I said all this to my (non medical) husband I would just worry him as well. You all are a valued friends to me!

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Comment by Jennifer Markley on September 5, 2011 at 4:35pm
Sooo glad it turned out to be nothing serious!  Hope you guys are feeling better!
Comment by Nicola Porter on August 31, 2011 at 11:01am
I am very, very glad to hear that Oona is on the road to recovery. Bless you all.
Comment by LaRissa L. Head on August 31, 2011 at 8:57am
Thank you Ladies!
I too am very relieved it was nothing serious. This morning Roslyn is up to her old tricks playing around and being goofy! Limp is hardly noticeable, and she is loving on the other two dogs again.
I am so happy to see her happy!
Comment by Jane Christensen on August 30, 2011 at 6:32pm
Just got home and read this too! Glad all is well and you can be relieved!!! Take care!
Comment by Bev Levy on August 30, 2011 at 1:56pm
Wow LaRissa! I did not see this until now and I am so sorry you had the worry of it and very glad it turned out to be manageable! Not long ago I had one of those strange happenings with Misty, our doberman. I was leaving that day to visit my daughter in Denver when I noticed a lump the size of a baseball hanging from Misty's chest. We rushed her to the vet while watching the clock to make sure I did not miss my flight. Turned out a small cyst she already had got infected and just blew up. She is recovering right now from surgery to remove the cysts right now. Anyway, I sympathize! Glad it turned out . OK Poor Roslyn!
Comment by LaRissa L. Head on August 30, 2011 at 1:28pm

Ok smarty pants! I love you all! It was a giant hematoma on her sternum! (this is why I never self diagnose because I go straight to the worst thing possible!)
The doctor aspirated then injected penicillin. She said the bone is probably pretty bruised as well as the pectoral muscles, but looks like no infections have started.

I'm so grateful for my MyCorgi.com friends and for my vet that got her in right away (and only charged for the penicillin)

Also as a side note:
Thanks for all the times I have come to you for behavioral questions. Roslyn's was complimented several times by the staff and doctor who remember her as the dog that bites when she has her nails trimmed. The staff was glowing about how well she did while we took her temp and her aspiration. They couldn't believe how much she has changed into a calm (er), well balanced dog despite the pokes.
So thank you for all your help over the last 2 years with training my fear aggressive dog.

Comment by Sam Tsang on August 30, 2011 at 1:13pm
Hey LarRissa, whatever it is, medical professional are there to solve problems, have faith in them just like others who trust you as a nurse.
Comment by Rebecca Marie O'Bryan on August 30, 2011 at 12:18pm
I'm so sorry this is happening! I pray that its nothing serious and she will be ok
Comment by Beth on August 30, 2011 at 12:02pm
Considering the yip during play, I'd guess hematoma too.  Best to have it checked. 
Comment by Geri & Sidney on August 30, 2011 at 11:53am
Ohh, I know how scary it is when things like this happen. We went through it when Sidney's hip went out last year. Makes for sleepless nights and tears, for sure. Please let us know what the vet says! I doubt it's a harmful tumor since it grew so fast. I'm thinking Jennifer is on to something, maybe a hematoma.

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