Lump on Neck-I have a hound pup that has a lump on both sides of its neck. The lumps do not seem to bother it in anyway whatever, but it is not natural. The lumps are of a soft, fleshy nature. I would like to know what you think about it and if it will injure the pup or if there is anything that will take them away. The lumps are underneath the skin.
This sort of growth or lump usually comes on young dogs only and is caused by impure blood. In itself the lump merely injures the looks of a dog and has no bad effect if removed in time; if allowed to remain, however, it will steadily grow larger (to size of hen’s egg and even to size of a goose egg), and eventually cause death by absorption of the poisonous substance into the system. Proceed thus: When lump has become somewhat hard and will slide up and down easily under the skin, lance it on the underside with a pen knife so that contents will drain off without pressing much. Not much will emit – merely some watery, blood-stained yellowish fluid, and this should be washed off and not allowed to dry on the hair along the neck lest it will cause the hair to drop off in patches and leave bare places. Keep it open so long as it fills-usually about a week-and then allow to heal. Keeping dog’s bowels well open in meantime will be beneficial. Experienced breeders rather like to have their puppies get some lumps because, if properly treated and removed in time, it lessens the danger of distemper as it removes from the system the dangerous substances.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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