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My dog has a lump about the size of a grape under her ear

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my dog has a lump about the size of a grape under her ear near the jawline. It is not hard like bone but not soft either. she is eating, drinking and acting normal.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** she is about a year and a half.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bailey?
Customer: she likes to chew on bones and since finding this I have not let her have any more in case it splintered. If that makes sense
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 4 months ago.

HI there- I am Dr. Kane and will do my best to assist you with Bailey today. Sorry to hear she has developed this lump- but am glad it doesn't seem to be causing her any pain at this time. You are right to not give her bones- they can cause a lot of damage- sometimes do splinter off and cause abscesses- but can also break the teeth or cause gastrointestinal upset. For chewing purposes, I recommend something softer like strong rubber chew toys that they can't remove pieces from- I have found that "Kongs" work well. As far as the lump- there are several possibilities here. It may be an early abscess developing, or could be a growth starting to form. If it is not resolving on its own within a couple days, I would suggest getting it examined by her veterinarian. They may decide to perform a test called a fine-needle aspirate- which will help determine what is causing the lump to be there. Has this helped?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
how long should I wait? It kind of moves around too.
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 4 months ago.

To be on the safe side- I wouldn't wait more than 2-3 days to get it checked out if it is not going away. Sooner if she shows signs of pain or unwillingness to eat.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
The problem is that I am out of town and not near a vet I won't be back until the 20th of June. Do you think she will be okay till then if she continues to act normal with eating drinking and playing?
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 4 months ago.

Well, it is hard to answer that question definitively- since we don't know what it is for sure. I can say that if it is not causing her any pain, etc.- it's probably OK to wait until the 20th- that's only a little over a week away. Watch it for increase in size, redness, or pain. This information will help your veterinarian in trying to diagnose the problem. I hope all turns out OK- Bailey is lucky to have you looking out for her! Is there anything else I can help with? If you are satisfied- please provide me with a rating when you have a moment.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you very much
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 4 months ago.

No problem- take care and good luck with Bailey!

Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 4 months ago.

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

Rebekah Kane