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Is it in the front under the chin OR under the ear area of the chin?
it isnt at the front nor near the ear its in the middle right on her left jaw bone when we tilt her head back we see it and also when shes looking sidewas we see it underneath its just about a golfball size
Is it truly hard, such as bone, or just firm?
its hard like bone
doesnt seem to bother her when we squeeze
At this age, a tumor itself would be unlikely.
yes shes 10 months
If it is bone, it can be a benign bone spur off the bone itself.
so you mean could be the bone growing off
Yes - that would be possible.
Or this can be a benign growth, firm in nature, but not truly bone
its weird beacuse she didnt have this when she was younger
is it is bone do you think it will grow bigger
That unfortunately can not be predicted.
Often - there is a growth, but it stays static - unchanged.
will xrays accuse it
An x-ray is a good start.
because they have her scheduled for xrays and biopsy..
An aspirate or biopsy may be needed to truly make the diagnosis.
do you think the biopsy is needed if xrays find the problem..because we have spent thousand on her so far shes always getting infections yeast and bacterial and now this lump
No - if an X-ray makes the diagnosis - your vet may not want the biopsy.
if it is bone do you think surgery would be needed
Not unless growing.
my husband and i hought is its bone and they predict it will not bother her that we would just leave it what do you suggest
Yes - unless growing - they may recommend benign neglect...AKA watching and waiting.
I hope it is just that.. i feel like instaed of them getting to the bottom of something they would rather give antibiotics and many visits wich costs$$$ instaead of running tests straight from the beginning to find out what it is
I can understand your concern as well as the plan,notably a tumor itself would be quite uncommon at this age.
have you heard of this sorda thing before the hard jaw lump my vet has never seen anything like it
Yes - and often it is benign and left alone.
ok well thank you ..
you have answered my question to your best knowledge i atleast have a better understanding until her next appointment
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