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Did the lump just suddenly appear? Does it seem to bother Ruddy? Are you able to attach a picture of it?
Well, we noticed it only yesterday. No it doesn't bother him, even when I feel it. Sorry, can't do pictures, but it is pink, seems to have tiny globes on it like a jewel.
It could be something benign, like a sebaceous adenoma. Does it kind of look like a wart a human might get?
I've only seen tiny warts and they haven't been pink. This one is pea sized.
mast cell tumors are my other thought, especially since it is pink. They tend to be more smooth, but can look like anything. Since this doesn't look like a wart, it would be best to have your regular vet do a fine needle aspirate and look at the cells.
Well, I was afraid you'd say that. We can't see him until tomorrow, and I've already lost one night's sleep.
To give you another idea, I can move it around like a female dog's nipple.
More than likely it is benign. If it is a mast cell tumor, they can stay a small size for years, before causing any real problems. So I don't think you need to lose sleep until you are able to take Ruddy in.
That helps a lot (or are you just trying to get me to sleep?) If it can stay for years, given his age, I don't think it's worrisome.
If it is a mast cell, I would remove it, but even at his age, it shouldn't be a big deal. Unless he is 14+, then just monitoring it may be the way to go.
Thanks. I'll end it here.