Rib poking out.
Breed: Maltese x Poodle
Age: 8-11 years
I have an 9 year old maltese poodle and recently i have noticed that the end of his end right rib seems to poke out his side almost like it is bent upwards. any ideas on what it may be?
Dr. Marie replied:
Usually if we see that a rib is poking out it is a normal thing. It is likely something that Shadow was born with. I have had some patients where I really feel that the "pokey out" rib has been there for their whole life but the owners did not notice it until now.
There are some tumors that can grow on a rib, but this is extremely unlikely.
If you never noticed this before and are just noticing it now it could be that Shadow has lost some weight and it is more obvious.
If it seems like it is painful or getting larger then I would have your vet take a look and they will likely do some xrays.
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