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Another bump question. 13 year old goldenn retriever. right

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Another bump question. 13 year old goldenn retriever. right side, near the rib cage area, a few inches behind her right shoulder. Very hard. I belive the liver is located in this area? the bump is pushing against her skin. Touching it appears to cause pain. I'm just trying to figure out what it is? I'm assuming cancer due to her age. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The liver is in the abdomen under and caudal (toward the tail) to the edge of the rib cage. It's very unlikely that what you're feeling is related to Sandy's liver. It's not necessarily a serious cancer; in fact, most of these lumps turn out to be benign lipomas - lumps of fat. If touching it is painful, however, there's likely to be inflammation associated with it and that's more worrisome. The manner in which we attempt to determine what the lump represents is by needle aspirating the lump and examining the aspirate microscopically. Sandy's vet might do this while you wait or, instead, send the aspirate to our pathologist for review. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.