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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Experience:  Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 18+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
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My bulldog is around 7 she has heavy breathing and a large

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Hi my bulldog is around 7 she has heavy breathing and a large fluid like mass under her tests at top of her rib cage she is walking around but has been sick twice this week. I thought she was just bloated but have noticed it increasing
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.

Is she spayed?

If not, when was her last heat cycle?

Is there any swelling of the rest of her teets?

Has she been running in any fields or bushes or had run ins with any other animals such as a cat or other dogs?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is spayed. We rescued her 3 years ago and she was spayed three days after we got her as she had an infection. None of her other teats are swollen and she had only been in the garden. She is a little over weight and due to being breed before we had her she has hanging teats but hadn't noticed other then weight gain until this evening
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I also have another dog but they get on well
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is anybody there
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Sorry, I had to step awayfor a short while and it had been almost an hour since I had requested more information. Growths or lumps can occur anywhere but when they are in the area of the breasts, there is a chance of a mammary tumor or breast infection.

You can read about both of these conditions here:

It is also possible if the breasts hang that she may have received a puncture type wound that healed on the outside but bacteria multiplied under the skin leading to an abscess. These are frequently more fluid like. You can read about those here:

Abscess can occur anywhere. A lump or growth is hard to diagnose even with an office visit/ Many lumps are not painful or bothersome. Any lump found on your animal should be tested to determine if it is a cancerous or benign lump or infection. Your vet may want to perform a fine-needle aspiration or other appropriate test if it isn't an infection. It is performed quickly and allows some of the cells of the lump to be evaluated by the veterinary pathologist. This test will allow the vet to determine the nature of the lump and take the necessary steps to remove it. Some vets will leave it alone if it is not serious. If it is an abscess, he may just drain it and prescribe antibiotics. Lumps that are solid feeling, feel attached and fast growing should be checked as soon as possible as these are the ones that are more likely to be serious.

This site will give you more information on all kinds of lumps and growths.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer.

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