Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Veterinary Questions
Hello! My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.
If you feel on the left side of Lola's neck, do you notice any swelling there?
Approximately how big is that lump?
Does it seem to be on the surface of the skin, or buried under it?
Is it hard, or soft and squishy?
Awesome. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.
The lump is 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.
I hope this helps.
No, if it's a sebaceous cyst or lipoma, there really isn't any other signs, and you don't have to rush her to the vet or anything tonight, but if it gets bigger, then I'd have her seen.