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PostYou have posted in this forum: Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:04 pm   Post subject:  Hygroma edited to add pictures Back to top 

Has anyone ever had their Mastiff get a hygroma on their hock? Murfee has a lump about the size of a golf ball on his hock. He has had it about 6 weeks now and I assumed it was a hygroma so I have just been monitoring it. It hasn't gotten any bigger but definitely hasn't gotten any smaller.

He doesn't limp, doesn't act like it bothers him nothing, but I am starting to get concerned that maybe I should have it checked out. The only thing I can remember that might have happened at about the time I noticed this was one morning when he went down the back stairs to go outside, he tripped on the last step and kind of jumped off to the side. I think he might have hit his hock on the step as he jumped off to the side. I noticed this lump about 2 days later.

He runs, jumps etc. so it doesn't bother him in anyway. Max had one on his elbow when he was younger but I can't remember how long it took to go away.

For some reason Murf now has a boil looking thing on his back so I want to take him to the vet this week and have that checked out, was going to ask the vet to look at his leg but I'm thinking if it is a hygroma I don't want the vet draining it or anything.

Just wondering if anyone has ever seen one on a hock? Want to make sure I'm not ignoring it if it could be something else?

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:37 pm   Post subject:   Back to top 

I'm wondering if thats what it is??? I'd go ahead and have him checked, whats it feel like???

Dont let them drain it tho if it is a hygroma.

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:06 pm   Post subject:   Back to top 

I'd get it checked, usually hygromas form on pressure points and I am just not sure a hock is a usual place for one to form
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PostYou have posted in this forum: Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:03 pm   Post subject:   Back to top 

Id have it looked at too just in case. But ditto on the no draining is a hygroma. Does it feel like fluid or like a cyst? They feel different.

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:05 am   Post subject:  Re: Hygroma Back to top 

It feels pretty firm but yet you can push on it and it feels a little quishy. I'm not good trying to figure those things out. It is on the outside of his leg right where the stifle and the hock join. You can push on it etc. and no reaction from him so I know it doesn't hurt. I will have the vet look at it.
I think it really feels about the way Max's did when he had one on his elbow.
I remember his got as big as a orange or something, huge but it finally went away.

Murf's definitely can't be from laying on hard surfaces, he is either on the couch or on my bed. No hard floors for that boy. LOL

Will let you know what we find out.

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Keep us posted Pam!

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:39 am   Post subject:  Re: Hygroma Back to top 

I have seen them on hocks, its rare but they do get them there. The boil looking thing is probably an infected hair follicle, and you might need antibiotics to clear it up.

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:31 am   Post subject:  Re: Hygroma Back to top 

Murf has an appt. for tomorrow afternoon, so hoping for nothing more than an infected hair follicle, and hopefully just a hygroma.

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:37 am   Post subject:   Back to top 

Oh no, I'm sorry! We're dealing with hygromas right now too - from what I read up on them they can be on the hock. Hope that helps, and that you get some answers soon!

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:45 am   Post subject:   Back to top 

looks like the DogLegg people make something called a HockSock for treating hygromas on the hock, here's a link: Hock Sock

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:45 pm   Post subject:   Back to top 

Hope the vet appt goes well and Murfee is all better soon. Smile

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looks like the DogLegg people make something called a HockSock for treating hygromas on the hock, here's a link: Hock Sock

Thanks Jennifer, they actually show a Mastiff wearing one and it is in the exact spot Murf has his little golf ball sticking out. Will wait and see what the vet says tomorrow but if it is a hygroma we may wait it out a while longer but these do look great.

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:40 pm   Post subject:  Re: Hygroma Back to top 

i hope he has a good Vet visit Tomorrow.

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let us know how the vet visit goes!

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PostYou have posted in this forum: Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:06 pm   Post subject:  Re: Hygroma Back to top 

Small boil looking thing the vet diagnosed as a histiocytoma. He said they normally go away on their own but can get really red and sore which I think Murf's is really red so he gave me drops to put on it once a day that should dry it up.

Hock........not sure I completely understand what he is saying. Maybe someone else will have a better opinion. He thinks it is joint fluid in the joint sac? that possibly he has a small tear in the outer lining around the joint sac that is allowing it to protrude out. He said since the fluid is in the joint sac the joint is constantly thinking it needs more fluid which is why it stays filled up. He said they could drain it but would probably come back. He said they could try and do an ultrasound and see if they can find a tear or go in and do surgery and hopefully find the tear and sew it. He also said
there's a chance they wouldn't find it and they haven't done enough of those surgeries that he really felt comfortable doing that. He thinks since he shows no signs of it bothering him, he pushed on both sides, that we should just try and let it go for a while as long as it doesn't get bigger or he doesn't start limping. He also said he had never seen anything like it except on draft horses. He did say if I wanted him to he would find a specialist that has done those types of surgery.

I am leaning towards just watching it and making sure it doesn't get bigger as long as he shows no pain or limping but also don't want to let it go if it
could potentially cause other problems. I looked at the hock sock but where this is and as big as it is I'm afraid the sock will just basically hit right about where this is located which I think then would cause more issues.

I felt alot better when I thought it was a hygroma.

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