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my 13-year boy has a large mass on his neck the size of a baseball. It's located on the front of his throat near his shoulder. The mass is also located on the right side of his neck.

The necks been looking saggy for a few weeks - I thought it was age. Tonight is when I discovered the mass.

Because he is unstable on his feet he is confined to the kitchen - I cannot see how he could have injured himself.

Anyone have any idea what this could be? He's off to the vet tomm

Thanks Greytalkers!

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my 13-year boy has a large mass on his neck the size of a baseball. It's located on the front of his throat near his shoulder. The mass is also located on the right side of his neck.

The necks been looking saggy for a few weeks - I thought it was age. Tonight is when I discovered the mass.

Because he is unstable on his feet he is confined to the kitchen - I cannot see how he could have injured himself.

Anyone have any idea what this could be? He's off to the vet tomm

Thanks Greytalkers!

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I have seen pictures of similar sized masses on a few Greyhounds' necks; however, I don't recall the exact diagnosis for all of them. One large mass was closer to the dog's throat (vs. shoulder) and was a salivary mucocoel from a ruptured duct. I'm not a veterinarian, but I would definitely get your boy to a vet ASAP. Some tumors can grow rapidly.

 

Kitchen floors are often hard surfaces, so he might have injured himself trying to move around, but I'd suspect something else with a baseball size mass. Hopefully your boy has large, thick area rugs in the kitchen to help him feel more secure whenever he is not resting on a thick dog bed.

 

Fingers crossed that it can be drained or otherwise easily treated. Please let us know how his vet visit goes.

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It could possibly be lymphoma. Lumps similar to what you described popped up almost overnight on my Comet and Possum. Both boys were seniors. They were gone in less than 2 weeks.

 

As 3greyjtjoys said, it could also be a salivary duct issue. Or an infection.

 

Check other areas for swelling - see the image on this page: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/pethealth/dog_disorders_and_diseases/immune_disorders_of_dogs/immune_system_tumors_in_dogs.html

 

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Yes, there are multiple rugs on the kitchen floor to prevent him from hurting himself and two fat beds.

This mass is not near his mouth but rather his "collarbone".

And it's huge 😞

And it came overnight 😞

And he has aged considerably in the last six weeks.

I'm sleeping on the kitchen floor floor with him b/c he cannot do stairs. He has to be carried in and out of the trailer. He is losing weight as well.

I have an awful feeling this is lymphoma - if you google images of it, my boy looks just like those dogs.

I will update after our appointment today 😞

 

And thank you all for replying. I only seem to post in my darkest moments but those are the times this group has been a lifesaver for us. Thank you

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Lots of experience with salivary gland issues. I hope some of this helps you both.

 

My heart dog, Get Em, developed this issue in his 9th or 10th year. It presented as a lump one day. When I manipulated it I found it to possibly be fluid filled as it was smooshy (that's the scientific term) and not attached to anything. I watched it for a couple of weeks and it grew a bit each week. I took him to his regular vet and after inspection she said it was most likely salivary based. The thing we couldn't figure out was what caused it, similar to you experience. The only thing we could rule out was a traumatic event. The vet finally decided that he most likely had scratched vigorously at his neck and that caused the rupture occurred.

 

Dr. B used a syringe to siphon some fluid off for testing and ran it in-house. Turned out it was mostly saliva with a tinge of blood. Dr. B siphoned fluid off several times before deciding it was not going to stop refilling. At that time we discussed surgery to identify which glands had ruptured(there are 8 glands). With the approach she used she wasn't able to fully assess the situation and referred me to a Board Certified surgeon.

 

At the first visit with the specialist she determined that she could almost certainly fix the problem with a second surgery. We discussed other options and after a very short time I gave her the go ahead for surgical intervention. Post operatively she told me she had removed 4 of the 8 glands and he needed to stay in hospital ICU because of the nature of the surgery.

 

To make an already long post tedious, Get Em fully recovered after a few weeks and never looked back! Best wishes for you and your sweet old man. Looking forward to a positive update after your vet visit.

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My girl Breeze had a mass on her neck appear overnight and it was an abcess that the vet lanced and drained. She was on antibiotics for 10 days and now she is fine. Being the nervous mom, I immediately assumed the worse and was so relieved that it was easily resolved. She is twelve and a half years old.

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Vet says its blunt force trauma ! While trauma isn't great it ain't the Big C!! Now all we have to do is figure out how he did this?!?!?8

The only thing he could have hurt himself on is if he tried to climb the chair and step ladder we use to block the kitchen door (which he has figured out how to open) from opening.

Keeping this dog from hurting himself is turning into a challenge

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Thank you for letting us know. Yes, so relieved it's not cancer.

 

Just sharing a few thoughts...

 

Perhaps installing a strong, tall baby-gate would be safer, and potentially allow the kitchen door to remain open so he can feel a little more included in the family when his people aren't in the kitchen(?).

 

If the rugs are not already rubber-backed, adding rubber rug-gripper mats (to go under area rugs) helps prevent rug slippage. They're fairly cheap at home center stores like Home Depot.

 

You are being so kind to sleep with him now. I understand it's not easy moving an immobile hound.

If interested, we use a dog body wrap called "Walk-a-Bout" (neoprene) to help our immobile Greyhounds go outside to potty. Other GTers have used a special harness.

 

We're sending positive thoughts your way, and rapid healing energy for your sweet boy.

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