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Dr. Whitehead, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, internship trained, with 5 years of experience in high quality practice treating dogs, cats, and some exotics.
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Our Boston Terrier was out in the backyard and came in with

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Our Boston Terrier was out in the backyard and came in with a swollen left leg from the knee down. It is really swollen. No fever. She has seen 2 vets and they are dumbfounded. She was on Clavamox for 14 days and no change. It doesn't seem to bother her, but I am getting worried.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Whitehead replied 2 years ago.
Hello there. I am sorry to hear about your girl and her leg. I am happy to help you this evening. I hope the two vets have taken an x ray of her leg to make sure there is nothing obvious in the x ray that would indicate why it is swollen like that. But since its not painful that is a good indication that it isn't a serious injury but you still want to make sure on x ray that the bones are normal and everything. Also if she hasn't going on anti-inflammatories then that would be the next thing to try such as rimadyl or even a steroid like prednisone. Could be cellulitis that occurred if she got stung or hit her leg and set off the cellulitis. I would recommend warm compresses instead of cold compresses if it is cellulitis or lymphadenopathy (collection of lymph tissue) this will help reduce and distribute it. So i would recommend x rays if not done, blood work to look for signs of infection or inflammation and to get her on a anti-inflammatory for a week or two to see if this changes the swelling. Also going to a warm compress can help reduce swelling like this. If no improvement or worsens I would ask for a referral to a specialist to take a look at her and even do an ultrasound of the leg to see if there is any indication of a vascular or lymph problem.
I hope this helps and I hope this makes sense. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions or concerns. I would be happy to help. Please do not forget to rate my response so I receive credit for my time.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you so much. I took her to a different vet yesterday. She said it was a mass tumor. So she has cancer. All I can do is pray and give her all the love that I have. Thanks again.
Expert:  Dr. Whitehead replied 2 years ago.
I am sorry to hear that she is lucky to have so much love though.