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I am sorry to hear your dog is having this problem.
Has she been seen by your vet for this lump in the past?
Does the lump seem to be under the skin or on top of the skin?
Is the lump red and does your dog seem to be scratching at it?
Are you able to post a clear detailed picture of the mass for me to look at?
Does it change in size every day?
How long has the lump been present?
It is very hard to determine what a mass actually is without a good physical exam and taking a sample from it. Typically something that you are describing like this fits more with a follicular cyst. These can fill up and get larger or smaller at any time. These are also benign.
I recommend a visit to your vet to have them do a fine needle aspirate (FNA). This is where they stick a needle in the mass and take a sample to look at under the microscope. This will given them a good idea of what is present and if anything actually needs to be done. Any vet can do this and it is a very quick procedure and test.
This is probably not an emergency situation, so I don't think you need to head to an ER vet tonight, but I would probably have the lump checked out tomorrow or Monday just to make sure it is just a cyst. It could be a tumor of some sort, however that just doesn't seem to fit what you describe. Again, the only way to know what you have present is to have the lump tested.
Please let me know if I can help you any further. I wish you both the best.
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