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Lacy had a soft under skin knot the size of a quarter but

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Lacy had a soft under skin knot the size of a quarter but where it was is about 3 bumps the size of a pearl each and 1 size of a bb.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Lump located on her right between her front leg and breast bone. The small ones are where the larger one was.
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you with your question. Just like an in person consult, I have a few questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best possible advice for you and Lacy....

Are all these lumps soft and movable?

Do they seem painful to her at all?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
They don't seem like they are painful, but there is a larger one with little ones like I described. They are not soft
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
She plays with Pepe and acts okay.
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

These lumps are something that could have many causes: inflamed lymph node, sebaceous cyst, lipoma. Because of her age and the description you gave me of what it feels like, I'm suspecting it's a lipoma or a sebaceous cyst, but I'm just guessing.

Here's more reading on lipomas and other cancers: http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/lumps.html

On cysts: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/sebaceous-cysts-in-dogs/page1.aspx

On lymph nodes: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1614&articleid=319

The only way to positively identify what sort of lump or bump your dog has is, unfortunately, also through a trip to the vet. A fine needle biopsy (where the vet inserts a needle into one of the bumps and tries to aspirate/pull out material to look at under the microscope) will tell the vet, without question, what sort of problem your dog is having.

That being said, this isn't something that requires a trip to an emergency vet or anything tonight. You can wait until your normal vet opens tomorrow and give them a call and have them take a peek at them, just to be on the safe side.

I hope this helps.

Expert:  Lisa replied 9 months ago.
Hi Roger / Pat,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Lacy. How is everything going?

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