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Old 11-20-2012, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Small gelatinous mass in throat

For the past 2 days our Doberman Zeus has been acting pretty lethargic and reclusive (usually loves to be petted) and sometimes yelps when being petted. Today I noticed he will stand around the water bowl but not actually drink form it, just sniff it a little. He seems to still have an appetite though as he still woofed down his dinner (which lots of chicken broth in it), although a bit more slowly than normal.

After dinner though he was standing and I noticed the skin in the middle of his neck seemed to be hanging lower than normal. It feels like a small mass dangling from his throat.

We are taking him to the vet tomorrow, but I must say I'm a little worried. Anyone experience anything like this?

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Zeus is approx 7 years old and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism earlier this year for which he is currently on soloxine for.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had a very bad experience with my 7 months old black boy. And now I wish I had been paying more attention to the signs. One of the big ones for me was him suddenly not letting me touch his back. Lack of appetite, no more rolling around and laying on his back....

There had been something bad cooking for a while under that coat.
His back opened up all across as if someone took a knife and slit it.....I was devastated.

Took him to the vet, got biotics and spray and other stuff....vet thought it was not contagious. (And none of us caught anything eventually)

Now it healed up, thank God! I thought I'll lose him for a moment. But there is a long scar across his back inch wide and no hair has yet grown back on it.

If the fur looks kinda rigid and messy and no shine, if there are scabs, get help fast.

I actually did not see the infection untill the skin started opening up. It was skin deep..

Now as for what happened , still no diagnose. It could be one of these few or all combined..

Bad food allergy that finally manifested to that extent
Being exposed to Texas sun unexpectedly and getting dehydrated due to that
Getting injured in the baggage department while flying from tx to va, that I have no evidence of...
Something toxic being spryed on him during flight....when I first let him out of the crate he had a glue like substance on him which I did not think much of at a time, unfortunately...
Some crazy skin condition or dna problem I have not heard of...

Rosco was a true soldier the whole time. I am so proud of my boy

Anyway...this was a nightmare and I learned to see beneath he coat from this...
I hope it works out and your dog is ok!

Good luck
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think there is a link between goiters and hypothyroidism in dogs. I don't know much about it but it sounds familiar for some reason. You may ask the vet or do some research before you go to see if it looks/sounds familiar.

Hopefully the vet will give good news with an easy solution. Keep us updated.


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Take him to the vet ASAP.
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Hugs & Rays for your Fur Kid hope all goes well at the vets,please keep us posted we care.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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After dinner though he was standing and I noticed the skin in the middle of his neck seemed to be hanging lower than normal. It feels like a small mass dangling from his throat.

We are taking him to the vet tomorrow, but I must say I'm a little worried. Anyone experience anything like this?
I had a dog with a salivary gland infection present something like this. Hopefully, it's nothing serious...
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the well wishes. Took Zeus to the vet today where they did an X-ray and some bloodwork. Vet said that one of his lymph nodes was swollen and the X-ray showed that he had some inflamed soft tissue hanging from his neck. Sent him home with pain pills, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds. They just called to say his blood work looks great with a slightly elevated WBC count, but still within normal ranges.

He's started to perk up a bit more today as well, even before giving him his meds.
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Did they do a needle aspiration of the swollen lymph node?
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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foreign body abscess maybe.................how are his lower molars, could there be an infected tooth root?

Hope all will be well!

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Old 11-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Could be a number of things. To the vet!
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Vet! Could be a number of things, one of my friend's dogs had infected saliva glands and one burst..... Very, very painful for the dog!
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