Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Is the swelling above or below the skin?
2- Is the swelling firmly attach to underlying tissue or does it move with the skin?
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Friend, the swelling your are feeling is not related to the tick bite if the bite was further in the front. If this happened within the last few days it is likely to be an inflammatory process like: A cyst, infection (abscess), etc. If it has been there for weeks to months it is likely to be a tumor (malignant vs benign). To determine the exact nature of the lump I would recommend you speak to your family veterinarian about doing an FNA (fine needle aspirate); this is a very quick test where your vet will collect a sample of the cells with a needle. Requires no anesthesia, inexpensive when compared to a biopsy and can be done within minutes during an office examination. Your vet will most likely submit sample to a lab to be evaluated under the microscope for a definitive diagnosis. The decision of benign neglect or complete surgical removal should be made based on FNA results.
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