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My 10 year old red healer has a lump on her left side we

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Customer: my 10 year old red healer has a lump on her left side we asked the vet about 8 months ago to look at it and he said not to worry until it was the size of a baseball. it is very big and I have been up all night because it is really bothering her
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Customer: it seems to be very hard and almost a hour glass shape
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Where is the lump located?

2- How big is it?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It is located on her left side just behind her front leg . It is about the size of a softball
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Friend, in dogs just like in humans lumps could be benign or malignant. If this lump is fast growing the best option is to discuss with your veterinarian about complete surgical removal and submitting the tissue for a biopsy (histopathology) to rule out a malignant tumor. Unfortunately, there is not much I can recommend for you to try at home that will have a significant therapeutic benefit. This is a case where surgery is the best option to treat this growth. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Peter

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