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Is My Dog's Hygroma Infected?


If your dog has been diagnosed with a hygroma, you may be wondering about what signs may indicate that a hygroma is infected. Because an infected hygroma is not a happy hygroma. If your dog’s hygroma is infected, it will usually need surgery to have it corrected.

So, How Do You Know if Your Dog’s Hygroma is Infected?

Are you wondering, “Is my dog’s hygroma infected?” If so, you’re in the right place. To make infections a bit easier to identify, it’s helpful to know that the cardinal signs of inflammation are the same for any mammal. If you’re worried about an infected hygroma, here are some clear signs to look out for:

  • The hygroma is hot to the touch or warm to the touch compared to the rest of the body
  • The area is red
  • It’s painful when touched
  • It’s open and weeping any type of colored or white fluid
  • The wound is continually opening up and your dog is licking at it

Each of the above signs indicate both inflammation and infection of a hygroma. If you see notice any of them when observing your dog’s hygroma, it needs the attention of your local veterinarian.

To learn more about hygromas, check our Dr. Sarah’s Definitive Guide to Hygromas.

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Dr. Sarah Wooten

A lifelong dog lover, Dr. Wooten is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with 16 years experience in small animal general practice.