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My dog has cyst like growth on his dew claw

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My dog has cyst like growth on his dew claw
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
HI there. Thanks for requesting me! Just like an person consult, I have a few questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible..Approximately how big is that growth?Do you know how long it's been there?Does Chico seem bothered by it?Is it smooth or lumpy?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's about grape size, for about a month and no he seems ok with it.
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the additional information and the awesome picture!The lump is something that could have many causes: inflamed lymph node, sebaceous cyst, lipoma. Because of his age and the description you gave plus the photograph, I am really, really thinking this is something like a lipoma or cyst. 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 material that lump is made of, and then treatment will be based on that. I hope this helps.