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Old 01-01-2007, 08:35 PM
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Maggie isn't chi but I figured if I put the question here, more people would see.
She was fixed 10 days ago and at the incision site there is a lump. It's not red or inflammed but it's a visible lump under the skin. The incision itself is almost completely healed. Also there is a spot on this lump that almost looks like a little blister. It's about the size of a pea.
I'm taking her in tomorrow but I want to know if anyone knows what this might be or if it's normal.
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My girls both had that... I heard it was scar tissue and just a part of healing. It's gone away now so I guess it was nothing. It might be better to be safe than sorry though. I hope it's nothing serious!
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:46 PM
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Sammie had that too. The vets had me put a warm washcloth on her tummy for a little while. It helped to draw out whatever the yucky stuff was that was causing it! Sorry, it was a few years ago, I can't remember the details! But it worked. Still better safe to take her in just to make sure its not infected or anything.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:12 PM
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its most likely some scar tissue (whihc could leave a perminent lump inder the skin) or it could be something along the lines of an absess in which case a warm compress will help unblock and "flush" the lump.
id have your vet take a look whiel your there, but its not somehting id be worried about right now.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:40 PM
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It is good that you are taking her to the vets.
Another possibility is that the lump is a stitch under the skin. When they make the incision to do the spay there are several layers of things they have to cut through. There is the skin, muscle and I think there is a third layer of something, but I can't remember what it's called. Any way, the layers of different types of tissue all have to be sewn back together under the skin with the skin being the last layer.
Sometimes the body will reject the stitch and cause a little lump that could end up looking like a pimple. The body naturally tries to push the stitch out and the vet can remove it.
Sometimes the body will just build up scar tissue around the stitch, which makes a lump.
Most of the time the vets use disolving stitches so once the stitch disolves the scar tissue will fade away or flatten out and you won't notice it as time goes by.
But it is good to take her in to get it checked in case she needs some antibiotics or needs the stitch removed. Either way, it's nothing major but it should be looked at.
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My sheltie had a lump like that (pea sized) and it was some sort of pus-filled thing. Ick. But not a problem, the vet just squeezed it out (ugh) and doctored it up. I think it was related to a stitch under there.

Oh, the joys of post surgery! Good luck!
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Well I took her in tonight and they said that she might be having a minor reaction to one of the stitches. Today she developed an absess so I'm glad I took her in. They said that the incision site where she's having the reaction will more than likely go away on it's own but she's on meds for the absess.

Thanks for your help ladies. Oh and they had to muzzle her because Maggie is a little fiesty.
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Zoe had it too!
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