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…some giant steps he made! Everything is going in the right direction and it does sound like the lumpy area, if it is soft and squishy, could be a seroma
. Lots of Tripawds get them in the days following surgery. It's a harmless fluid build-up that should resolve on its own but you can help by
…strongly suggest you contact your vet first and get their opinion. They may want to re-evaluate her surgical area (make sure she has not formed a seroma
), see for themselves how she is getting around, and maybe even draw more labs considering she is a senior with elevated kidney values. It is a
…level a little higher than the average dog until stitches are out. You just want to be careful about the incision so that she doesn't develop a seroma
or tear the staples/sutures out.
If you are able to consult with a canine rehabilitation therapist, that is the ideal solution to figure out how
…her) on day 1. As much as she's heavily sedated, she is very very alert and frustrated with me for keeping her inside so much. She does have a seroma
(no signs of infection) and I understand it will heal better with rest. The seroma
does seem to be getting smaller already and there has been no
…4200 and we thought it would all be fine.
Lana started to get a weird bump on her back leg but away from the sutures. Surgeon said it was just a seroma
and it'll go away. So we go back for the 2 week check up and the x-ray showed that the knee was malpositioned again and he said she possibly tore…
…fee. Well turns out she only partially tore the ligament so he grafted her muscle to the knee cap to keep it in place. Also turns out that the seroma
wasn't a seroma
. It was an MRSA
infection from the hardware they used on the 1st surgery. Lana was casted for 6 weeks and had to take crazy meds
…- this forum is incredibly useful right now during the first two weeks. We are so grateful for this newfound community!
That's great that Lucy's seroma
cleared right up. I was glad to learn that this is normal for now. So true about that chill dane personality! I know for sure Sage wont mind the
…about going outside to potty aaand turning around on her own!!! Definitely celebrate those small wins, it will help you and her.
Lucy had a seroma
when she was sent home too, but it quickly resolved itself. I’m not sure if your vet told you about ice packs the first few days, but Lucy
… the fluid leakage is nothing to worry about as long as it's more watery and pink than bloody and dark, and doesn't smell or look cloudy. It's a seroma
, most likely, and those will usually reabsorb into the body.
Keep us posted on how the weekend goes OK? We are cheering from across the miles!
…. I’ve been so careful with him and making sure everything was clean for him. Is this fairly common?
Yep, common and probably just a harmless seroma
but the vets are being cautious and adding antibiotics into the mix just in case it's headed toward infection. I love that you were so observant
How long will he be in the hospital?
What must he be able to do prior to being discharged?
What do you do to prevent seromas?
Do you use a pressure bandage at all?
Will Lucky have a drain?
What should I expect after surgery?
…definitely ask if they are participating in any Clinical Trials, like the Yale Cancer Vaccine or other immunotherapy studies.
I'm so glad her seroma
reabsorbed. I'm sure it was that heating pad! What kind did you get? We are always interested in learning what products folks are using during
…recovery have gone faster than I would have expected. Her incision continues to look good -- she should have her sutures removed this week. The seroma
has all but gone now -- I think the heat pad in her crate ended up working well. Her pain signs have decreased, and we have cut back the
…lose his appetite again now. Or it could be something else altogether.
And, if this weren’t enough for him to deal with, Griffin has an aural seroma
(like a hematoma but containing fluid and not blood) that formed in his left ear flap from his excessive head shaking after swimming for hours
…are on the other side of it. The stress of the diagnosis, the surgery, the recovery really does deplete young uour energy
Oh, and check out seroma
. A seroma
is a pocket of excess squishy fluid that will eventually be reabsorbed by the body. Send a photo to your Vet to confirm, but that's
… I am concerned by dog got a seroma
after she had her leg amputated 4 weeks ago. The vet said it would reabsorb after awhile, and warm compresses. I noticed yesterday it is
…-strung one lol ). Will update how the topical does on soothing/healing the last remaining part of her incision.
As for her fluid build up (seroma
) etc, that's all gone away by now. She just kind of has a little bit of extra floppy now and a cute stump.
Her enthusiasm keeps going way, way
…may be a seroma
, which is usually harmless as long as it's more pink than bloody, doesn't smell and isn't green. These are normal and many dogs get them because
…photos can be a little tricky, just ask if you need help, ok?
I am glad his limping is easing down, and it sounds like you are keeping up on that seroma
Jackie and Huck
…singing to the harmonica and trying his hardest to not take his medication- all normal stuff for Ed!
Ive been putting warm compresses on his seroma
and continue to massage his neck and back. Vet is going to check out seroma
early in the week if need be.
My concern today is that yesterday he
… it sure does sound like a seroma
and it's totally normal. The fluid should absorb back into the body but if not, many people find that a modified compression shirt helps speed up
…glad you saw more mobiity improvement in his pee outing tonight.😎
Check out the word seroma
on here. It's basically a lsack of fluid that forms near the amputation site.
It's excess fluid that will be absorbed by his body generally in
…bummer! Well if it's any consolation, seromas are pretty common and usually not harmless. Most vets won't put a drain in, they usually subside on their own and with the compresses. Keep us
…jules, you do continue to amaze me! Excitedly running up the tamp and then woofing down your breakfast.......uou make me smile!!!
Yep, seromas happen sometimes. Let us know what the Vet says. Most likely he wont need a drain and, hopefully, with a little extra care It will clear up on
…we think Jules has a leaking seroma
, last night he got a bit excited and tried to run up the ramp outside into the house. He was laying down and I looked and saw what I initial…
…thought was blood soaking through his shirt. Luckily I did all my readings and knew that a seroma
may happen. I called the emergency clinic, sent pictures and they said there was no need to rush in and just call our normal vet in the morning.
…on Sally's response. It does sound like a seroma
to me. As long as it's more watery than bloody, it's probably a typical amount of post-amputation discharge. Keep your vet in the loop just in
…Sumi! Griffin healed very well, but he did experience bruising and seromas, both of which are normal but do need to be monitored. Every animal will heal at their own pace. I took photos each day of Griffin's incision so
…had another little speed-up. After he came home, I had noticed a slightly discolored spot on the belly side of his incision right about where the seroma
had been. I assumed it was just some staining from the flushing out and she had warned me that we might see some continued leaking of fluid or a
…of our street so it only took a minute to get there, but I think the movement (both car and him) didn't help. You were right in that he did have a seroma
, but it seemed to have ruptured a little while we were in the car (he was sitting in a little puddle of junk when I went to check on him), and she
…s he doing today? Has he eaten anything?
is a mix of blood and water. As long as it's more watery than bloody you should be good but let us know what your vet says.
…be a seroma
, I'm not sure. Understandably he's not at all keen on me touching anywhere near the incision but I don't see any balloon-like puffiness, and the