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Dr. Chelsea Pulter
Dr. Chelsea Pulter, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  associate veterinarian at Banfield
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Stella has a swollen area on her side, jist beneath her ribs

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Stella has a swollen area on her side, jist beneath her ribs on roght side
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** she turned 3 in August
JA: How old is Stella?
Customer: 3 1/4 years
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Stella?
Customer: She has been bitten by a lot of dear ticks over the past few months. Also, she has beem lethargic and has had a slight (almost imperceptible) limp for the past week or so
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Chelsea Pulter replied 11 months ago.

Hello i am Dr. pulter. Please give me a minute to type up a response.

Expert:  Dr. Chelsea Pulter replied 11 months ago.

At this point I am not sure if the lump on your dogs side is connected with the tick bite history and limp. Can you palpate the lump for me and tell me if it moves freely, or attached to under lying tissue? Are you able to tell if the lump is in the skin or under the skin? Can you see any redness or scabbing on the lump?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I really can't feel the lump when stella the s standing. When she lays down, it feels hard, but it does seem to move when I palpitate it. I cant see beneath her thick fur there, but i just found another engourged tick on the back of her neck
Expert:  Dr. Chelsea Pulter replied 11 months ago.

I am sorry poor Stella has all those ticks. Ticks do carry several blood diseases such as lyme disease, ehrlichia, anaplasmosis and some others. Most generally cause a fever, lethargy, sometimes joint pain and lameness. The lump on her side I do not think I would be able to tell you much about it without an exam. If Stella has not had a heartworm test (these also test for various tick borne diseases) that should be the first step.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I would rather not spend more money at the moment. I too am not sure the apparent swelling (which could be a fat pad, though there is not a symmetrical one on her left side) is connected with ither symptoms
Expert:  Dr. Chelsea Pulter replied 11 months ago.

Well if you have a product with tick prevention such as frontline plus or advantix, go ahead and apply this on Stella. This would protect her from gaining more ticks and more possibilities of disease transmission. I highly encourage you to seek an exam and testing on Stella as I cannot diagnose or treat through this modality. What you describe to me doesn't sound like an emergency, but nonetheless should be done soon.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Stella has had regular heartworm meds. She has also been diagnosed with lymes disease in the past by bloodtest
Thank uou. I will get her checcker out by her vet
Expert:  Dr. Chelsea Pulter replied 11 months ago.

You are welcome. please let me know if I can help with anything else

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thanks for your help
Expert:  Dr. Chelsea Pulter replied 11 months ago.

no problem. If you have a moment to rate our conversation that would be much appreciated.