Well after she went swimming they got smaller, then yesterday they got larger. So I decided to take her on a walk, and about an hour after the walk they got smaller again. She now hardly lays on the hardwood floors and sleeps on her bed in the living room more often. Hopefully they will go away soon. Is it normal for them to be getting smaller and larger?
And the vet still disagrees with me to have them drained.
***Edited By: HectorLuver3 on 7/7/2005 1:14:29 PM*** Reason: add
I don't think it's normal for them to change sizes like that. Horatio's never did, but then he never went swimming, either. But I don't know for certain, Hector, as Horatio is my only dog that ever had hygromas. It's possible that they are different for every dog.
I still don't understand why your vet won't drain them. That boggles my mind. And the only reasons she gave you were she didn't want them to come back and the risk of infection, right? If I were you, the next time I talked to her I'd ask her flat out if she knew how to drain them or not. I'm guessing she doesn't know how. Or I'd at least tell her that you aren't comfortable with her decision NOT to drain them. Just my $0.02.
No, the vet is not that young. And yes Fin, thoes are the only two reasons that she told me. I think she has never drained any hygromas if she is this stubborn with the desision about not wanting to drain Nala's hygromas.
I have never had this problem with my Dane--but have had many medical issues--anyway Hector-- what about a second opinion from another vet? I had to go to another vet for my danes's crop and after that was all settled I went back to my regular vet. My regular vet doesn't crop or dock so I went to one that does. Excelllent crop--no problems no reason not to return to my regular vet that i just love.
Just a suggestion--Obie had a huge cyst on his side that my vet was very cautious about-- We treated with antibiotics for 60 days. That did nothing--The plan was to remove when he had his neuter done-- about 2 weeks before the neuter the cyst disappeared. Is this condition that your Dane has something that can be treated with antibiotics? Did they ever take a sample from the fluid to see if it was bacterial at all??
Thanks for the info--I don't know why I assummed Nala was a Dane!!! I am having a really bad day! I think I need to go and take a nap! My Dane had me up most of the night--He was a throwing up. That is a whole new post that I am just not up for at the moment!! Thanks guys and good luck with Nala.
I am not really sure what they are but if they are a cyst they can be were tricky to try and drain them. I had one on my forehead, a cyst that is, and the first doctor to do surgery did it wrong and it spread and came back 4 different times over 3 years. All times resulted in surgery. Depending on what it is maybe the vet doesn't want to because the outcome could be worse then the original prognosis (sp!).
A hygroma is a false bursa, or tissue-lined sac, that occurs over areas of the body that are subject to pressure - the elbows being the most common location. They are most common in large breeds of dogs. Repeated pressure or trauma on an elbow irritates the elbow's bursa, causing it to become inflamed and thickening its pouch-like walls. The enlarged sac is called a hygroma and is usually painless. However, it can fill with serum-like fluid and eventually ulcerate, or begin to fester and become abscessed.
That sounds awful lot like a the cyst that was on my froehead.. You have to be careful because if they pop under the surface they can spread. I'm not sure if the same can happen with these. I too would go to an entirely different vet and ask their opinion. If you can't go and see them in person at least call another one on the phone.