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Would you have called the vet?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
OK, so I feel sort of foolish today for calling the vet, but I was concerned. Maggie got spayed last week Wednesday & on Saturday I noticed a lump underneath the suiture (sp?) line. So I decided just to keep an eye on it, it had gone down at all by this morning so I decided to call. The vet asked me if it was hard & if there there was any drainage from the stitches? It is hard & there is no drainage and she is eating & acting fine. The vet explained that this is normal & this happens when the two sides are starting to grow back together. She was perfectly nice but I felt sort of foolish for worrying so much.
post #2 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rang_27
OK, so I feel sort of foolish today for calling the vet, but I was concerned. Maggie got spayed last week Wednesday & on Saturday I noticed a lump underneath the suiture (sp?) line. So I decided just to keep an eye on it, it had gone down at all by this morning so I decided to call. The vet asked me if it was hard & if there there was any drainage from the stitches? It is hard & there is no drainage and she is eating & acting fine. The vet explained that this is normal & this happens when the two sides are starting to grow back together. She was perfectly nice but I felt sort of foolish for worrying so much.
You shouldn't feel dumb calling the vet!!! It is great that you are concerned about your baby!!!
post #3 of 26
Better safe than sorry. You did the right thing.
post #4 of 26
There is no such thing as a dumb question. I mwan...how would you know?
You are just being a good, concerned Mom.
Linda
post #5 of 26
Dori had that same lump and I called my vet as well. They told me it was normal but that if wanted to bring her in I could if it would make me feel more comfortable. I decided not to take her since the vet did a good job at assuring me it was normal, and after a couple of weeks the lump went away.
post #6 of 26
I call my vet for so much as a runny eye that lasts more than a day or two....so, to me, you did the right thing
post #7 of 26
Same thing happened to me! But when I noticed it, it was after her stitches were out, and I was afraid they'd left a stitch it, or something weird. Luckily, Marlee had an appointment the next day for another reason, and I asked then. The vet tech kinda laughed at me, but was very nice!
post #8 of 26
Lumps like you felt are perfectly normal in spayed cats. It is usually the body's response to the sutures (warning alien alert) The body attacks the sutures and for awhile the cat is lumpy- if these lumps are openly draining, or get larger than a golf ball, then you call the vet, because then something is wrong.

It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to concerns over your cats.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rang_27
OK, so I feel sort of foolish today for calling the vet, but I was concerned. Maggie got spayed last week Wednesday & on Saturday I noticed a lump underneath the suiture (sp?) line. So I decided just to keep an eye on it, it had gone down at all by this morning so I decided to call. The vet asked me if it was hard & if there there was any drainage from the stitches? It is hard & there is no drainage and she is eating & acting fine. The vet explained that this is normal & this happens when the two sides are starting to grow back together. She was perfectly nice but I felt sort of foolish for worrying so much.
i did the same thing with Cable - the vet called to check on her, & i asked because the suture area was puckered [to the point where you couldn't even see the suture(s)] so i don't think you're foolish at all!
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much guys. It makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only cautious momma. I think so many times people aren't cautious about this type of thing, my vet is often supprised by the questions I ask.
post #11 of 26
I would much rather call the vet with a so-called "stupid question" than not call and have it be something bad. JMHO.

BTW, I think I'm probably known at my vet, and my own physician's office as being the "stupid question" person. Better be safe than sorry!
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Bugaboo1
Better safe than sorry. You did the right thing.
post #13 of 26
You are just being a concerned parent for your fur baby!, that is a great thing
post #14 of 26
The same thing happened to me and I actually took my cat into the vet! My vet explained that she sewed the skin layers and muscle layers together but they can't sew the fat together. So there is a hole where the fat was and fluids go in there. My mum who is a human doctor says that this is very common for abdominal surgeries.
post #15 of 26
I SO would ahve called the vet. It's better than it being the beginning of the infection, letting it fester and then calling like 5 weeks later explaining puss and drainage.

You did the right thing! There are no dumb questions. And if your vet thinks otherwise, you need a new vet
post #16 of 26
i would have called. i've never had a cat spayed (i've only had boys, and they were all fixed by previous owners). so, yep, i would have called...or probably as another poster did, taken kitty in! i'm a worry-wort when it comes to my kitties.
post #17 of 26
Your vet should welcome any questions that you have about your kitties care.
I have a long term relationship with my vet. I usually start with a tech & go from there.
Never be embarrassed about asking questions. Your kitties depend on you to speak for them.

When in doubt...ask.
post #18 of 26
I asked the same question after Angel had surgery, I thought it was normal but wanted to make sure. Back in 2001 I had major abdominal surgery and have a 9" scar done the center of my belly, when that healed it had that same hard lump for a while. Cats must be really tough lol, angel was pretty much her old self in a couple days, I had my surgery to remove a partial block of intestine I was in the hospital for a week after and it took a good 6 months to feel real good again. I learned what real pain was the first time they got me to stand up after that surgery and that was with a epidural and morphine. Not fun!!!!!!
post #19 of 26
I would have called as well. Better to be safe than sorry!!
post #20 of 26
Yup, I would've called, too. I don't care if my vet's office thinks I'm a neurotic worrywort, so long as my cats are happy and healthy.
post #21 of 26
I would've and actually did call the vet when Lucy had the lump but also she kept messing with her staples and running around too much. They had to replace two staples, and then the lump showed up and gradually went away.
post #22 of 26
I have had many calls to the vet and no you arent silly or paranoid ...
post #23 of 26
When it comes to your cat's health, there is no such thing as a dumb question.
post #24 of 26
Whoa this is strange! I was just going to call my vet today with the same thing! Then I see this and its exactally what she has! Thank you!
post #25 of 26
good job for careing enough to call
post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 
Well when she had her stitches out last night the vet looked & said that it wasn't just fluid build up, that it is a reaction to the internal stitches and that it could take as long as 6 months to go away. I'm not too worried because it does look better already.
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