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Hard lump below ribs.

Species: Dog
Breed: German Shephard Mix
Age: Less than 3 mon
My male puppy has a hard lump right below his rib cage (in the center)... is it dangerous?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

There's a good chance that this is just a mild deformation of a rib. I see it quite commonly. I wouldn't be worried unless it is uncomfortable for him or if it is getting quite a bit bigger.

If it is not as hard as a bone, but more like tissue, it could be an umbilical hernia. I don't get too worried about those, but your vet may choose to repair it when he is neutered.

Dr. Marie.

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