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Just as I was so pleased & relieved that our problems with cystitis are over and Razbeg's bloodwork results were excellent, I noticed a lump/swelling on his remaining front leg. It's on the backside of his leg, below the carpal joint and next to the dew claw (which he doesn't have, but where it would be). It moves horisontally and is about the size of a thumb. Doesn't seem to be sore when touched & Razbeg has behaved normally on walks, but he's on pain medication anyway and as it's his only remaining front leg, so I don't know how he would show the pain (other than refusing to walk altogether). Unfortunately I can't go to the vet today, as I have to go to work. Tomorrow they have emercency duty and I could go there and hope they can meet us at some point, but as he doesn't seem to be in pain, I wonder if I could wait till monday.
But my question is, what could it be? I have tried to google what's in that area, but I don't know. Could it be something to do with extensor tendons? Sign of carpal hyperextension? Or what I'm afraid of, could it be the cancer popping up in a new place? Is there some muscle in that area that could be swollen? I would just want to hear some possibilities while waiting to go to the vet, as I'm quite nervous about this.
Razbeg is borzoi, 11-years old male and weighs about 25 kg (55 lbs).
I would really appreciate some insights into what could it be & thank you in advance if you can provide them
22 August 2008
I think you can wait until Monday if he is not painful. Your vet should be able to do an aspirate and look at the cells that day. It is not a typical place for cancer metastasis although I have seen nerve sheath tumors and even lipomas in this location. He could also have a cyst or pocket of joint fluid in that location.
Let us know what your vet says......
Thank you for your advice!
I'll do that and wait till monday. Luckily he seems to be in good spirits.I'll come for an update when I know more.
Hi, I came for a little update.
So we were at the vet today and they took an x-ray of his wrist. The lump I was worried about didn't look suspicious. Because of the loss of his right leg, Razbeg's left leg has turned slightly inwards and the vet said something about this causing the wrist to be different now.
BUT, accidentally they saw something else in the x-ray. Upper in the leg there was some new bone formation projecting from the bone. It looked "calm", as they said, and no soft tissue swelling or bone lysis to be seen, but we have to wait for the final results because the radiologist won't be there until wednesday. So, the worrying continues...
I just got the x-ray results. Fortunately everything's ok! That new bone formation in Razbeg's leg is benign, apparently little bit like bone spur, but luckily doesn't even seem to cause any pain, so one thing less to worry about! Of course the fact that Razbeg's only front leg has started to turn inwards might cause problems at some point, but I'm taking him to physiotherapist today & will ask about that.
1 October 2017
Oh thank goodness! I am so glad this was not an issue. Glad you are all doing otherwise well
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