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question about bump on head

I've read some of the threads regarding the "cone-head" look and that it is normal, but I've just noticed on our 16 week old that you can actually move it around (kind of like what a knee cap feels like on a person). Is that normal? It doesn't seem to bother him at all. The vet just checked him out a few days ago and said that the bump is a bit larger than normal but should even out more as he grows. I just thought it was part of the skull structure, but it feels kind of more fleshy now and you can move it around. Any thoughts?
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Sometimes a dog will bump their head hard on something and get a fluid pocket in that area. It's not terribly common, but more common in a dog with a pointy head anyway. Over time the fluid should absorb.

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Blush's was MUCH larger than that (nearly double) at one point (it started at about 4 months old). it was so huge that we had discussed surgery options. it was just as Sarah (above) said, a fluid pocket from bumping her head on things. once it was already raised, she bumped it on everything-making it worse.

she is 2 now & you have to look for it to see it, although she is still known as "the knot headed one" by my dad when he visits!
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If it moves with the skin it's not just the normal bony ridge at the top of the skull. Occasionally they get bruises, hematomas, or other fluid filled lumps on that spot. My sister's dog gave himself a hematoma right there by repeatedly hitting his head on the coffee table. They eventually bought a different coffee table with no overhanging ledges, and it has started to shrink and be reabsorbed.

Your picture looks just like what he had. Is there any chance he's bumped his head?
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If it moves with the skin it's not just the normal bony ridge at the top of the skull. Occasionally they get bruises, hematomas, or other fluid filled lumps on that spot. My sister's dog gave himself a hematoma right there by repeatedly hitting his head on the coffee table. They eventually bought a different coffee table with no overhanging ledges, and it has started to shrink and be reabsorbed.

Your picture looks just like what he had. Is there any chance he's bumped his head?
It's possible, he and the other dog play and wrestle, sometimes under our kitchen table and chairs. The thing is, it doesn't feel like fluid, it feels fleshy and it moves if you touch it. This doesn't seem to bother the dog at all so it isn't sensitive.
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It's possible, he and the other dog play and wrestle, sometimes under our kitchen table and chairs. The thing is, it doesn't feel like fluid, it feels fleshy and it moves if you touch it. This doesn't seem to bother the dog at all so it isn't sensitive.
If it's a hematoma, it'll feel like a hard knot of tissue, since the blood is mostly clotted.
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It's possible, he and the other dog play and wrestle, sometimes under our kitchen table and chairs. The thing is, it doesn't feel like fluid, it feels fleshy and it moves if you touch it. This doesn't seem to bother the dog at all so it isn't sensitive.
It won't feel "fluidy" because there's enough fluid trapped between layers of tissue to make it firmer than one would expect. Plus if there is any blood in that fluid at all, it has probably clotted into more of a jelly-like substance. It will probably get even firmer as it starts dissolving.

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Ok thanks, I will keep an eye out for him bumping his head. On a related note, the two dogs wrestle quite roughly sometimes, maybe I should be intervening. When they play bite one another I wonder if my other dog bit Spencer on the head. I don't hear them yelping or anything when they wrestle so I thought it was ok.
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My pup also bumped his head and now has a huge cone head appearance, just like T Man's dog. It is really hard though and almost feels like a bone and can't be moved at all. We took him to the vet who said it was a most likely just a hematoma and should go away with time. He actually recommended putting an ice pack on it. Does anybody know if this eventually goes away, or will it form scar tissue and form a permanent bump?
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It's been there for over 3 weeks now..

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