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Welcome! Thanks for asking your question Rebecca. 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- Are the lumps below or above the skin?
2- Are they firmly attach to the underlying tissue or move with the skin?
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Rebecca, generally lumps of the skin or below the skin do not interfere with the function of the limbs unless they become very large. So, it is very possible that her inability to jump could be related to something else like arthritis. As far as the lumps there are many different types of lumps that can occur below the skin of dogs, some could be benign like a lipoma (fatty tumor) or there could be aggressive malignant type tumors. Unfortunately on history alone and often with a physical exam we can not determine the type of lump. 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. Finally, I would discuss with your vet about doing xrays of her hips and spine to rule out arthritis. In the meantime I would supplement with Cosequin (glucosamine) at label dose long term.
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