This happens because of an unusual growth of rib and breastbone (sternum) cartilage . I have a 4 month old Doberman mix. It seems like my dogs ribs on one side are sticking out farther then the other. I noticed a while back that there's a bone in the middle of her chest that sticks out quite a bit. The breastbone consists of three different bones -- the manubrium, the keel and the xiphoid process. It is also known as pigeon chest or keel chest. It's expected that there is a normal amount of fluid in the pleural space; but if there is a problem with drainage or an excess of production, the accumulation of fluid can cause a crisis situation for your pet. <3 I have had some patients where I really feel that the "pokey out" rib has been there for their whole life but the owners did not notice it until now. It doesn't seem to bug her but I'm worried about it becoming more of a … If you feel a stick-like growth on your dog's tail, back, or legs, it could be what are called cornifying epitheliomas. Rib pairs 12 and 13 -- the so-called "floating ribs" -- don't always link up to the breastbone. (Right where their throat ends and their chest area begins) All dog's chests are made that way, but it just seems to be more promidant in Corgis. Older, large-breed dogs are at highest risk for developing spondylosis deformans. I would take her to the vet but Im so broke from having this litter as it is I want to save the vet visits for emergencies or if a pup is acting not normal. There are cases where a dog might act like he wants to cough out something because he feels that something is stuck in his throat when really it is tonsilitis or a sore throat. These are sometimes called a cutaneous horn, and a dog who develops one will have a growth that looks like an animal horn or nail protein growing out of their skin. Some dogs show the first signs of cognitive changes as a “sundowner’s syndrome”—having trouble resting at night, pacing or barking uncontrollably. Pectus carinatum is a rare chest wall deformity that causes the breastbone to push outward instead of being flush against the chest. These bone spurs are simply projected growths of bone, usually grown in response to aging, or injury. A dog normally has 13 pairs of ribs that come down from the spine's thoracic vertebrae to the breastbone, or sternum. Dr. Marie replied: Usually if we see that a rib is poking out it is a normal thing. It makes the chest jut out. My 8 wk old puppy's chest bone is really sticking out and it was not a few weeks ago, is this normal? Other respiratory conditions like pneumonia (especially in older dogs) can also make your dog experience hacking cough. It is likely something that Shadow was born with. She is acting normal. I first noticed a bump about the size of the inside of my palm last weekend and now it seems like her whole rib cage has rotated. Pectus carinatum is a genetic disorder of the chest wall. It is a chronic, painless, degenerative disease with slow onset and without a specific cause. I was just wondering if that's normal or if it's something that needs to be looked at. Your dog may seem to have trouble with commands or act lost out in the yard. The term degenerative myelopathy refers to the spinal cord or bone marrow disease in dogs. Fluid in the chest in dogs is known in veterinary terms as pleural effusion. The bulging gives the chest a birdlike appearance. He may seem to have lost his “zest” for life. It's totally normal for a Corgi to have a hard bone sort of sticking out. In dogs, spondylosis deformans occurs most often along the spine, in the area behind the chest, and on the upper section of the vertebrae of the lower back. I made an appointment for the vet early today but the soonest I can get in is monday.