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About three months ago I found a tiny, perfectly round, hard

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About three months ago I found a tiny, perfectly round, hard bump on the back of my dachshund's neck. It almost looks like it is filled with clear/gray fluid. It is less than half a size of a pea. should I be concerned?
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Dr. Drew
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Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

While many lumps and bumps are just benign cysts or other harmless growths,

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some can be malignant (cancerous), and therefore it is wise to have some simple testing done by your veterinarian.

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The usual test is a Fine-Needle Aspirate, which does not require anesthesia or sedation in most cases,

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and can yield results within a few minutes, or a few days if it must be sent off to a laboratory for interpretation.

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Now, the presence of clear fluid would tend to point to a benign cyst,

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but I'd still rather play it safe and have an aspirate performed on it.

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Especially in an elderly dog like Sam, the likelihood of it being cancer, would be increased.

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

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