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Are all these lumps soft and movable?
Do they seem painful to her at all?
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.