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Is the lump hard or soft?
Painful to the touch?
Growing in size or changing in shape?
not very large and not painful to touch
Unfortunately - sometimes these are very hard to diagnose by touch, feel, or even location.It may be from trauma, and just a bruise - but in an older dog - especially if either not resolving or growing - what is considered in these cases - to determine what the growth is (benign growth vs. cancerous mass) would be to have your veterinarian perform a procedure called a FNA (Fine Needle Aspirate).A FNA procedure is quite simple with minimal risks. Usually without any sedation at all (and no anesthesia), a small needle is inserted into the lump and then cells and fluid are aspirated into the syringe, then pushed onto a slide.The slide is examined under the microscope either by your veterinarian, or if you elect, by a board certified clinical pathologist. The goal would be for them to tell you what the cells are, and therefore, what the mass is. Is it benign or malignant? And would surgery then be indicated.Please let me know if this makes sense or if you have additional questions!
sorry i had to go get thte dog
ok well i guess i will take him in .! year ago he had a in his mouth and i had it removed and the pathologist said it was limpfoma and it turned out to be wrong.could it be it is in his growing area now
A lipoma would be a great diagnosis - just a benign growth!
would it cause him pain to go pee
Yes - it can depending on the location
in that area could something like that be removed
Yes - certainly can.
ok thanks so if it dose not bother him should i just keep an eye on it or get him in asap
While not a true emergency, with lumps - better safe and get them tested when possible.
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