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Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you and Teddy today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years experience and would be happy work with you but need a bit more information in order to better assist you if you don't mind.
Is the swelling attached to the body wall or does it move?
Does it seem painful?
Is it firm or soft?
COuld he possibly have experienced any sort of trauma?
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Thank you for the prompt reply.
If it is attached to the rib and it is on the end of it, it is possible that it is just a calcification of the cartilage portion of the rib that occurs with age. Unfortunately, there is also a possibility that it could be a tumor involving the bone or cartilage. It is impossible to diagnose most lumps just by the way they look or feel, but there are other ways to determine the seriousness of the lump.
There is a test called a fine needle aspirate (FNA) which can be performed by collecting a sample of cells from the mass with a needle and then examining under the microscope. This can usually be done right in the clinic. It is not always definitive enough to let you know the exact cause of the lump, but it may help to make the decision of if anything else needs to be done, like surgical removal. Some growths are easily identified as benign and that is all that needs to be done unless the growth is of a size to be bothering the dog. I would definitely recommend that you have your veterinarian evaluate it.
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My posted replies are for general education only and not meant as a diagnosis. Only after a thorough veterinary examination can a diagnosis for your pet be made and specific treatments be advised or medications be prescribed.