15 January 2005 @ 11:04 pm
So...I'm freakin out...

As I posted earlier, Roxie went to the vet a week and half ago to get spayed, and today she got her stitches out. Tonight I was petting her and I felt a hard lump on her left side, right behind her elbow. It feels like it's just under the skin, and nickel sized and flattish and hard. Could this be a spot where they had to put a needle in for something...maybe...hopefully?? The fur and skin on top of it looks normal, and you can't tell there's a lump by looking at her. I think this warrants a trip to the vet on Monday, unless someone thinks otherwise? Any info would be appreaciated. :-/
I am feeling: anxiousanxious
Melindamindy1024 on January 15th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
Ok, I just went through this with Kermit. I thought maybe she bruised herself while crawling under the bed. She had a dine size lump on her right side. We happended to be at the vet for something else and so I asked. The vet was not concerned at all. Basically she said that at the site of the injection (Kermit had her last rabies shot) some scar tissue can develop 2 to 4 weeks later and will go away on its own. She said for us to watch it and if it doesn't get better or gets bigger to let her know. So I would say don't worry, it is probably the same thing. I would call the vet on monday just to document it and ask if that kind of reaction is normal. I am sure it will be just fine! Keep us posted.
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on January 15th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh that makes me feel like 100 times better. I just got the copies of her vet visit, and it says "Rimadyl Injectable Pain Meds" and also "Bordetella Vaccine" (but thats the kennel cough vacc which I think goes up their nose). Mike was the one who took her to the vet, and the pain meds they sent us home with were tablets she ate, so maybe the spot is from the injectable pain meds she got there!! That would make a lot of sense. Thanks SOOOOO much and I will definately call the vet to make sure that's what that is.
librababielibrababie on January 16th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
Just as an fyi, I work at a vet clinic and at least there they now do injectable bordatella instead of the one in the nose, so that could also be a possibility. :)
vishusvishus on January 15th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
I would say definitely go back to the vet. I don't mean to alarm you but I took a lot of bioethics law classes in college and you would not believe how common it is for doctors or surgeons to "forget" things inside patients during surgery. Don't mean to scare you but you should definitely get it checked out. I hope Roxie is okay.
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on January 15th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
But but but this is on her side, and they were working on her tummy! I hope they didn't forget anything inside of her, that would freak me out even more....that would be aweful!
Melemele on January 15th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
Ok - I work at a vet hospital so how about you just call them and ask. We get calls like that all the time. They should be able to tell you if that's where they took blood or where they administered the rabies vaccs, etc. If THEY are concerned they will tell you to bring her in for a check. If it's related to the spay or the vaccines - then they shouldn't charge you for it (of course, that's my experience, but every hospital is different).
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Melemele on January 17th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
Yeah and I gave her some advice.... I wasn't trying to sound like I didn't want to offer her any advice or anything. But that's my best advice. And since I have seen the same thing - that was my advice.

Sorry if it wasn't helpful????
Melemele on January 17th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
and to answer your question:
"If the resource is available (when the vet is unavailable) why not ask?"

Since who she would normally be calling if the vet WAS open (me), then wouldn't that be the best available advice? And also, sometimes you get medical advice from so many "resources" that it can leave you even more confused - and oftentimes misinformed. This lump she's seeing could be anything from scar tissue, cancerous tissue, a parasite, etc, etc... The best advice in this case is to see your vet because no one else can tell you what it is. And I figured letting her know that she shouldn't have to pay for that - is pretty darn good advice.
localguru on January 16th, 2005 06:17 am (UTC)
OUur 6 year old male had the same hting, and I think it got bigger as was there for several months. So my wife to hime to the vet and they said it could be s fatty deposit or it could be cancer. SO they cut it out and tested it can it was a fatty deposit. but only cost us 250 bucks to have it removed.
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on January 16th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your posts, guys. It's just nice sometimes to talk to someone when you're worried about something :) The general consensus is that it's scar tissue from a shot, but I am definately going to call the vets tomorrow morning and ask them what they think. I had no idea she even got a shot for anything, cause I assumed that the pain meds were a pill, like the ones they sent home, and her kennel cough shot was up the nose, but I guess we'll see. :)
5zero35zero3 on January 17th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
Please update us on the status of your baby!
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on January 18th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
Sorry sorry here's the update! I called the vet Monday afternoon, and they said that it was 99% likely that it was scar tissue from the injection of pain meds they gave her (the kennel cough was up the nose, they said) when she was still in their care. They said give it a week and if it doesn't get significantly smaller, give them a call back. So monday night Mike was feeling it, and he said he thought that just over a day it felt smaller. Then this morning (tuesday) I felt it, and it felt even smaller than last night! And tonight I can barely feel it, I think it will be gone by tomorrow!! But phew, I'm glad for everyone's helpful advice, you guys definately made me feel better!! Thank you!!!