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I found a bump (aboutdime size) at base of skull on my lab's

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I found a bump (aboutdime size) at base of skull on my lab's head today. It is under the hair. It had a little bit if blood around it and the strangest black balls attached. It startled me as I have no idea what the balls are...bump seems too big to be a tick.
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Customer: Jasper is 13 and 1/2.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Jasper?
Customer: He gets the black skin tags and has a few other benign bumps/growths on his body.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.
Hello.
I'm not sure what the balls are either- maybe just how it's shaped. The only way to know what a skin mass is, is to get a needle aspirate of it and look under the microscope for cells. If they are inflammatory cells (neutrophils), then a course of antibiotics should do the trick. If any abnormal cells, then I'd get it removed and biopsied. The big thing we want to rule out is mast cell tumor. This is a potentially malignant tumor of the skin. If caught early enough, surgical removal is curative. If left alone, it can metastasize to other parts of the body and be fatal. This is why early detection and treatment is important. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 10 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Gary