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Hi Allan! My name is***** Thank you for your question about Skippy. I'm sorry to hear that the trips to the vet's office aren't the least stressful for him and you. How long ago was the fluid drawn off? Is it bigger than before? Any chance you can take a picture of it and post it here with the paper clip icon?
No problem on helping. That is good that it doesn't look visibly bad. So actual fluid was pulled off the swelling. Did your vet feel it was a cyst?
Sometimes the results from an aspiration of a swelling / mass are vague. The pathologists reading the sample (evaluating what they are seeing on stained microscopic slides) can only interpret things as best as the sample provided. Some aspirations don't give much cellularity / give up the cells so they can see them on the sample. It is definitely good that they didn't see anything obviously bad on the submitted sample. Could this hold true for it that it isn't a bad situation and it is a cyst / lipoma like growth? This would be the hope. At this time, it would seem reasonable to monitor it for it getting bigger or having a discharge. If this was happening, then there would be more of a push to get him sedated to then take it off / get a better sample. Could you be more proactive and do this sooner? Absolutely. Some owners just don't want to minimize risks and getting it off sooner than later would be in this line of pursuit.