Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog Veterinary

My 18 month old rescue, Momo, is as far as we can tell an

Customer Question
Hi, my 18 month old...
Hi, my 18 month old rescue, Momo, is as far as we can tell an american staffy/ridgeback mix of sorts. 30kgs and has always been very healthy, has a great build and gets heaps of exercise. I have noticed a large lump on his front left leg, near the elbow (if dogs indeed have elbows). This lump is now a sore, it is bright red and has been bleeding when he licks it. Ive limited him going for it and put a cone on him but was wondering what it could be and how to treat it. Happy to send photos to anyone who can help. Cheers, ***** ***** Perth, WA
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 57 minutes by:
1/21/2016
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 17,118
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Verified

Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I'm sorry to hear that your pup Momo has a swollen, red lump near his left elbow that he has been licking and is now bright red, bleeding and ulcerated.

I am glad to hear that you have placed an elizabethan collar on him to stop him from further traumatizing the area.

This is likely a hygroma. It is a false bursa or fluid filled sac with a thick capsule.
These are common in large breed dogs, especially those that lie on hard surfaces and they can get quite big.

They form over boney joints that aren't covered by a lot of tissue such as elbows, the side of the hock, very rarely the hip if the dog is quite thin. They aren't painful.

Early on in their formation you can decrease the size or at least stop it from getting much bigger by having him lie only on padded surfaces.
They can be drained but if the pressure on the joint or repeated trauma isn't relieved then they will come back.
If they get very large or ulcerate, as his has, then surgical drainage with a drain left behind is attempted but it is hard to get them to heal and they can get infected secondarily. So he likely will need antibiotics too.
I do think that some dogs are more prone to them as I have seen similar situations where one littermate will get them and the other won't.

Here are some links to pictures of hygromas. The first one is quite big and has ulcerated open:

1) http://www.dogleggs.com/images/Conditions/hygroma_empi.jpg

2) https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSLsmMwVD84lsioyUonPJKNYWIUKwgZ-G9xJbgSPSU5Wn0sJdr4

I know that you'd like to treat this at home. You can try keeping the cone on him, making him lie on padded surfaces only and cleaning the ulcerated area with a mix of betadine solution (also called povidine iodine solution and available at the pharmacy over the counter) and warm water (mixed in a syringe so it looks like weak tea), a couple times a day, but odds are he will need to see his veterinarian to get a drain placed and oral antibiotics.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Momo. How is everything going?
Dr. Kara
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Hello, I wanted to check in and see if you had any further questions after reading my response. If you do please feel free to respond with them. If not and you found my information helpful please remember to rate my response positively so I may receive credit for my work thank you, ***** *****

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 17,118
17,118 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.

Dr. Kara is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

902 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,087 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

9,949 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

9,704 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

8,945 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

7,442 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
His belly is black and he is constnatly licking and
his belly is black and he is constnatly licking and scratching … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,251 satisfied customers
He has a mole on his lower belly that is bleeding. I
He has a mole on his lower belly that is bleeding. I notieced because he was licking a lot. Should i be concerned? … read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
Having a heavy bleed vomited once drinking and eating.
Having a heavy bleed vomited once drinking and eating … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,316 satisfied customers
Bleeding for no reason on top of head and under jaw. Not
Bleeding for no reason on top of head and under jaw … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,442 satisfied customers
Still bleeding for 4 weeks after the average length for
still bleeding for 4 weeks after the average length for being in heat, cant afford a vet? … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,442 satisfied customers
Red spot on top of dog's paw. He keeps licking it. 7. He was
He was on inflammation for back leg pain and finished the last pill Sunday. His red spot started Sunday… read more
Dr. Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne
Veterinary associate
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,049 satisfied customers
He started licking his bottom alot. Keeps licking his.
hes never done this before, its like hes after something, i found him eating wild rabbit poop… read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,316 satisfied customers
Bleeding from rectum. No appetite, hot spot on buttocks
bleeding from rectum JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know abo… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
Shepard has a bump on roof of mouth that is bleeding
Shepard has a bump on roof of mouth that is bleeding … read more
Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta
Large and small animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
22,387 satisfied customers
He scraped nose while retrieving and was bleeding. Applied
He scraped nose while retrieving and was bleeding. Applied wet compress until bleeding subsided. How treat the scraped nose and will black pigment come back. … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,442 satisfied customers
10 lb. cockapoo has dewclaw injury -- no bleeding or
10 lb. cockapoo has dewclaw injury -- no bleeding or indication of tear-- he's been licking it and it obviously hurts as he has sought out a quiet place to recover -- eating and eliminating normally -… read more
Dr. Nicole
Dr. Nicole
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
237 satisfied customers
She licks and licks at her stomach crotch area. Also bites
She licks and licks at her stomach crotch area. Also bites and bites base of tail. Her anal glands were done a few weeks ago and were not bad. Vet has never found a reason. I see no fleas, use nexgard… read more
Dr. Nicole
Dr. Nicole
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
237 satisfied customers
My dog broke his dew claw sideways and its bleeding but the
My dog broke his dew claw sideways and its bleeding but the nail is not loose. Should i take him to the vet or will it fell off by itself? … read more
Dr. Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne
Veterinary associate
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,049 satisfied customers
Internal bleeding, she bleeds from rectum, she jumped out of
internal bleeding, she bleeds from rectum, she jumped out of moving car this afternoon … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Heavy breathing, lack of energy, bleeding from mouth,
heavy breathing, lack of energy, bleeding from mouth, lesions on stomach, losing hair on bottom, constant licking or scratchinh … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,608 satisfied customers
He is bleeding when he is licking and has been fine all day.
He is bleeding when he is licking and has been fine all day. they want 160 just for a phone call about this problem … read more
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,482 satisfied customers
Dogs nose is dry, cracked and bleeding.. constant licking of
Dogs nose is dry, cracked and bleeding.. constant licking of nose and carpet … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My dog was exposed to tvt by licking a bleeding infected
My dog was exposed to tvt by licking a bleeding infected female! I'll never make him go thru chemo if he aquires it, what can i do to help prevent it? Happened 6 to 7 weeks ago.… read more
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,482 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x