My 15 year old dog has developed a turkey-like giblet under his jaw. Looks like it might be blood filled. Not sure he would survive anesthesia to remove. Are there any other options?
Type of Animal: Mixed breed dog
Nothing. Doesn't seem to bother him.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!1) When did you first notice this?2) Is it growing in size?3) Has it been tested in any way?-
1) About 6 months ago2) Yes, about golf ball size now. Dark in color (blood-filled perhaps) and hanging from skin under his mouth about midway between end of snout and neck (looks like a turkey)3) No testing.
Before considering a (possibly) major surgery - typically in these cases to determine what the growth is (benign growth vs. cancerous mass vs infection) would be to have your veterinarian perform a procedure called a FNA (Fine Needle Aspirate).A FNA procedure is quite simple with minimal risks. Usually without any sedation at all (and no anesthesia), a small needle is inserted into the lump and then cells and fluid are aspirated into the syringe, then pushed onto a slide.The slide is examined under the microscope either by your veterinarian, or if you elect, by a board certified clinical pathologist. The goal would be for them to tell you what the cells are, and therefore, what the mass is. Is it benign or malignant? Is it an infection that just needs antibiotics?Please let me know if this makes sense or if you have additional questions! Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPT. If we have exited the chat session, you may click a “Happy Face” followed by “Submit”.Find me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevetYou can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Please click the "GREEN ACCEPT" button if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for helping you. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated.This is necessary so that I can get credit for assisting you and compensated for my time.Once you click accept, your question will not close, and you will still have the opportunity to follow-up if needed.Also remember, sometimes the medical information and recommendation may not be what you want to hear, but it is being made in the best interest of your pet - please be courteous in your response, even if this is not exactly what you wanted to hear - we are only making the best and safest possible recommendations for you and your loved ones.Please keep in mind that if you do not list all the important information above (medical history, current medications, previous illness, etc) it is harder for me to give you the most complete information.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.
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