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Old 12-19-2012, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Surgery on lump under jaw

So Yesterday our 2 yr old Boxer had surgery on a lump we found in his kneck/jaw area. He was pretty swollen, its still really swollen. The lump was right under the end of his jaw bone and when they took it out which they said it came out easy and wasn't attached to anything major, but there was 1 hard mass than something connected to it (they sent it off) and the reason he is swollen is because it had blood vessels in it...is that bad?
anyways, i was wondering how long it takes for the swelling to go down? I stayed home from work today (normally we crate our dogs) and i'm thinking of staying home tomorrow as well. My husband can't get off work because he is a deputy, but i have no problem getting off work. Should i stay home again? I just don't want him to scratch at it. It was bandaged from the oozing and bleeding after surgery, but we took that off when we got home because he looked so uncomfortable and changed the gauze and wrapping. the gauze they had was so bloody.
I just feel so bad for our boy. The lump was sent off today to get biopsied and we won't know the results until friday/saturday. we are suppose to go back friday to get the wrapping changed. i have kept it off almost all day today to let him relax (he hates having wrapping on his head he kept itching at it and rubbing on things). the incision seems dry, the blood that was draining out has stopped so that is good. just wondering how long he will be swollen. i figured if it is as big by tomorrow morning i'm going to call the vet, but i dont want to be that over paranoid pet owner. I am already going absolutely crazy over this waiting game. Here are some pics Before and after surgery.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Awww poor baby! I hope it's nothing serious.

I'm no expert but from all the prodding and probing they probably did in there to get that mass out, it will probably take a few days for the swelling to go down completely. I hope he gets better quickly!
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Awww...I hope he's feeling better soon. I'd think the swelling will take a few days possibly to go down. Just keep an eye on him.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He is more spunky today than he was yesterday which is a good sign. He was so miserable lastnight it was very heart breaking. Today he kept wanting to go out in the big part of the yard and do his usualy run but that ain't gonna happen for atleast 10 days the vet said. I am praying for a positive and good call from the vet Friday. I hope this was just some fatty mass that formed and isn't anywhere close to being cancerous. I dont know why i cant find anywhere online like this experience i have gone through. even when i am searching for things my forums keep popping up. You would think others would share their experiences so it will help someone else that this might happen to. I dunno.....maybe i'm just being over paranoid. Time will tell. And let me tell you, right now, I don't like time. I wish this call would just hurry up and get itself over with so i can go back to being myself again because i am just m-i-s-e-r-a-b-l-e!
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Poor baby!!! Give him hugs and kisses from my bunch. The sweling will take a bit of time to go down.

Deep breath...nothing you can do until they call. Make him comfortable and we are all sending good thoughts and vibes your way.
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Poor guy..... Just give it some time and the swelling will start to go down. If you have ever had surgery, Look how swollen you were for awhile. It is natural and normal. Keeping my fingers crossed for all of you. Hang in there, Mama!
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone. He was doing good than he started licking his back leg and his incision opened and started bleeding so he is all bandaged up again. He does NOT like the bandages. I was going to go to work but not anymore I have my own office and was going to put his bed in there but now I'm just staying home. I might go in after a while for a bit. All I do when I'm at home is Google everything of what this might be. Anyone had their dog have surgery on a lump? How did it go? Was it hard to keep ur dog from licking and itching at the incision.
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We're going through it now with Achilles. His lump was on his hind leg though. We put a soft, donut-like cone in him at night to prevent any possible licking. He is never alone during the day, so he's watched and redirected from licking.

All that seemed pointless though as last night Achilles incision popped wide open anyway (a week and a half post surgery). He just had another surgery this afternoon to add a skin flap.

Our vet told us that some lump removals take a long time to heal because of the presence of Histamine at the lump site (MCT).

My advice is just to watch your darling like a hawk. Even though they don't like the wrapping, it's great that it's a site that allows a wrap.


Hoping your baby heals quickly!

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We're going through it now with Achilles. His lump was on his hind leg though. We put a soft, donut-like cone in him at night to prevent any possible licking. He is never alone during the day, so he's watched and redirected from licking.

All that seemed pointless though as last night Achilles incision popped wide open anyway (a week and a half post surgery). He just had another surgery this afternoon to add a skin flap.

Our vet told us that some lump removals take a long time to heal because of the presence of Histamine at the lump site (MCT).

My advice is just to watch your darling like a hawk. Even though they don't like the wrapping, it's great that it's a site that allows a wrap.


Hoping your baby heals quickly!

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Old 12-20-2012, 12:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Poor baby! Glad they got it out! If I were you I would want to stay home just to be sure, I also get off work easily....lol...I work from home hehe. Hope he gets better soon!!! Sending you warm wishes and a happy holidays!!!


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