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30 July 2019
Bogart is generally recovering well. He is more active than I thought he would be just 5 days after surgery. He walks and gets up without whimpers or anything now! He’s starting to get his appetite back, but it’s not all there.
I was curious about one thing during recovery. We noticed on his left side (the amputation side) that he has a long sagging lump of skin (it might be filled with something, I can’t tell) that goes from behind his left front arm, to about his genitals – where they shaved him. Is this just swelling/bruising or stretching of skin from swelling? Or is it something I should worry about? It doesn’t hurt him or seem to bother him, but it’s large and noticeable enough to see and definitely has a different feel when you are petting his chest. It’s like there’s a soft tube of something under the skin.
Thanks in advance,
Thomas and Bogart
25 April 2007
Glad to hear that things are pretty good for your boy. YAY!
The thing you are describing sounds like a seroma . That is a fluid build-up from what used to be his leg, usually nothing to worry about, and will reabsorb into the body. Is there any fluid leaking out? If so, what’s it like?