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I noticed a large lump on my female dogs chest, she is about

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I noticed a large lump on my female dog's chest, she is about 7 years old. It is right under here left front leg in the breast area. it is rather large but seems to be moveable and not too hard. I am worried what this might be, i just noticed it last night, its pretty big im sure i would have noticed it sooner so it must be new.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 4 years ago.

Hi Jacustomer-vrbdo81a~

 

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.

 

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