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Q. My mixed breed dog (pit bull and lab) has a hard protruding bump at the bottom of her rib cage where her tummy starts. It's big and feels like bone.

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

A. It may be a floating rib as my colleague said or if it is a round lump may be something different. If it is not a floating rib, It needs ideally to be checked by your veterinarian with a consultation first .Then either an FNA ( fine needle aspiration - basically aspirating some cells to understand the nature of the lump) or a biopsy can be taken.

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. It's likely to be a floating rib, some dog have one protruding out more than the other. It's an abnormality but it usually doesn't affect them and should be left as it is.


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