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Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Is the lump below or above the skin?
2- How big is it?
3- Is it bothering her?
4- Does it move with the skin?
Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, there are many different types of growth that occur below the skin in dogs. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: A lipoma (fatty tumor), inflammation, a cyst, etc. This is Not an emergency, it can wait to see family veterinarian during a regular appointment. To determine the exact nature of the lump I would recommend you speak to your family veterinarian about doing an FNA (fine needle aspirate); this is a very quick test where your vet will collect a sample of the cells with a needle. Requires no anesthesia, inexpensive when compared to a biopsy and can be done within minutes during an office examination. Your vet will most likely submit sample to a lab to be evaluated under the microscope for a definitive diagnosis. The decision of benign neglect or complete surgical removal should be made based on FNA results.
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