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Lump on dog's right rib cage
An_221293 posted:
Good evening,

We just noticed a quarter-sized lump on our dog's right rib cage. The lump is about three inches below her spinal column on the rib cage. It is not visible under her coat-- it is something we noticed while rubbing her. The lump is not hard. It can be manipulated, but does not "migrate" away from that location. Casey does not cry or whine when it is touched in any way.

Casey is a 6 year old altered female Golden Retriever. In October 2010, we had a very serious case of gastroenteritis that required hospitalization due to the blood loss from her anus. Prior to that, she had no major health complications or concerns. The onset of the gastroenteritis coincided with a 1800 mile move and 45 days of temporary housing in an over-sized hotel room. She never passed anything of interest and radiographs did not reveal conclusive evidence. It was assumed that the onset was stress-induced and/or stress-related.

At this time, Casey is eating well (Science Diet I/D) and appears happy and lively. We have noticed an increasing stiffening in her hips and more difficulty getting up when she is laying down. She is on a daily glucosamine supplement.

We are unsure if this is related to the observed stiffening in the hips or if this is some entirely separate. Thank you for your time, help, and reply!
ChattyKathy1423 responded:
I have a dog that has a few lumps on different parts of her body. I have had the lumps aspirated and they are fatty tissue (lipoma). Once she got one lump, she started getting more and more. My vet told me to watch to see if the lumps get any bigger. A lipoma is a benign fatty lump. They are very common in older, middle aged dogs. Overweight female dogs are especially prone to developing Lipomas. Hope all is ok with your dog. Good Luck!


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