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How long has it been there? Has it grown quickly, or slowly?
Okay. Any time there is ANY growth on a dog, it is important to have a veterinarian stick a needle in it and look under the microscope to see what kind of cells are in it. This sounds a bit concerning, so I would definitely have it looked at, and because of the location, I would have it looked at as soon as possible because if leg masses get too large, it can be hard to stretch the skin enough to close the wound when it needs to be removed. So I would see your vet to have a needle stuck in it and check out the cells in it, and then based on what that shows, decide whether or not to have it surgically removed and biopsied. No vet will be able to tell you what it is just by looking at it, unfortunately, because several types of cancer can look like just about anything.
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