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LIMPS AND LUMPS

Limps are probably more visable than lumps but both can be equally serious.

Over the years of dog owning, and this refers to every breed of dog, we have learnt that neither of these two symptons should be ignored if they persit or indeed in the case of lumps increase in size.

In a lot of cases a limp is a sprain and if rested for a short period or treated with a course of anti inflamatories should right itself but if it doesn't then, for peace of mind, a trip to the vets is a must. The nature of limps vary from liagaments, fractures, breaks and of course the worst possible scenario some sort of bone cancer. Your vet will put your mind at rest and prescribe the necessary mediation. Lets face it if it was you with a limp that didn't go away you would go and see your doctor dogs can't ask.

As for lumps, I sometimes think getting them checked out is even higher up the list. As with people if it is a nasty one the earlier detection is made the more chance there is of successful treatment. Quite often in the summer months dogs pick up ticks and if not fully removed they can easily leave a lump where they have burrowed into the skin. If you are not sure how to remove a tick your vet will never mind seeing you and even if it is something of nothing, better safe than sorry.

This is little Foxy now living with Alison she was suffering from severe malnutrition when found but more seriously was the mammary tumour hanging from her tummy.

Large mammory tumour

Foxy has now successfully been operated on, and although the tumour was maglinant she seems to be o.k. so we are all hoping that it hasn't spread. She will be spayed very soon. These tumours can nearly always be avoided if you have your bitch neutered.

This was a scar left due to an undescending testicle not being removed. Once again by neutering a male dog the likelihood of testicular cancer is very rare. Unfortunately Ranger's other testicle was not taken when he was operated on and became a huge mass that needed immediate surgery.

Ranger recouperating after his ordeal

A lump no bigger than a pea turned out to be a really serious cancer on Flynn's leg. The operation resulted in the whole of the muscle being removed from his back leg leaving a scar of approximately 9 - 10 inches long. Poor Flynn he survived this awful op but we lost him earlier this year with a heart attack which was dreadful.

Flynn completely recovered after surgery

Now Ruby's lump proved to be just a cist but it is always best to get them checked out.

We have not included this on our site to worry you but lumps, especially on hairy dogs take hold before you have noticed them, so next time you are stroking your pooch have a good feel all over just to make sure there arn't any swellings or bumps that seem a little odd. If you do this periodically you could well avoid anything serious.

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