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    Default Bump on back of head

    Our 4 month old puppy has a bump on back of head. Itís a little squishy. He has had all his shots and has been examined by a vet but I forgot to ask about the bump. When you pet him, itís noticeable. Itís our first Great Pyrenees so I donít know if itís normal. Thanks

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    Old Dawg (Senior Member) nick's spirit's Avatar

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    Welcome Puppies....and your new boy...and his name is?

    Where exactly on his head is this?
    Large...small?
    Could it be a tick?

    might be worth a call to the vet...so hard to say across the printed screen!

    Keep us up to date on what this is...

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    Could be the occiput. Great Pyrenees and other breeds have a small bump on the back of their heads. It shouldn't be soft because it is made of bone structure, but I've felt it before in my dog and I remember being softer when my dog was a puppy.

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    His name is Kodi.
    Itís in the occiput area. Itís been there since we got him at 8 weeks. I figured it was normal for the breed but thought I would ask.

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    Could be that. We also have a 5 month old German Shepherd but his isnít that noticeable

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    Is it something like this?

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    Sebastian has a bony ridge on the back of his skull known as a Saggital Crest. It is perfectly normal, though not all dogs have one.

    Some people call it a ďsmart bumpĒ. I call it Sebastianís knuckle, since he can act like a knucklehead from time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SebastiansMom View Post
    Is it something like this?

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    Sebastian has a bony ridge on the back of his skull known as a Saggital Crest. It is perfectly normal, though not all dogs have one.

    Some people call it a ďsmart bumpĒ. I call it Sebastianís knuckle, since he can act like a knucklehead from time to time.
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    This is what his head looks like from the side. You can see how it sticks out on top. Itís a little hard to see with his fur
    2 puppies (German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees), 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs, chickens, ducks and fish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puppiesx22018 View Post
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    This is what his head looks like from the side. You can see how it sticks out on top. Itís a little hard to see with his fur
    I still believe it is the occiput, but let us know what your vet says when you have a chance.

    I've read that an occiput that appears to be more prominent than usual may denote a health problem. Usually it's an indicator of some level of muscle wasting going on. And it is important to investigate what could be causing the muscle atrophy. But from what I've been reading, this is very rare.

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