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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?
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.
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.
No problem- take care and good luck with Bailey!