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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. The most a vet can do in the hospital to check out a mass is to stick a needle into it to aspirate cells and look under the microscope. Even then, that isn't the same as having a veterinary pathologist look at it. There is limited training for doing this, unless you pursue a pathology residency. A biopsy is so much better because it allows you to look at the tissue architecture with the cells. It is far more accurate, but it requires special equipment to prepare and more extensive training to interpret accurately. It may help for your vet to aspirate it for cytology or take a smaller piece for a biopsy (better option) to see what it is and if it may be treatable with chemotherapy or radiation therapy; even if it is just to shrink it to make it easier to remove. I am not sure if this is the information you are looking for, so if you do have any questions in regards ***** ***** post, please let me know.
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Well, if the mass has sore and is starting to bleed, that is not a good sign. That usually means it has outgrown its blood supply and will continue to either bleed or get infected. You can try to put a cone collar on her to stop the licking and see if the bleeding will stop that way. In my experience, though, when these masses start to get like that, most owners opt for humane euthanasia because of the mess it makes or because of the chronic infection that poses other health concerns. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.
Hello. I was following up to see how Roxie is doing and to see if you have any further questions.