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1- How long has this been going on?
2- To make sure I got this right, you feeling a lump, correct?
1- It is above the skin? If so, can you post a picture on this thread?
Thank you for the picture. Are you talking about the partially discolored nipple?
I see what you are seeing, thank you. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer.
Friend, my immediate concern is that this could be a tumor. The important question is: Is it malignant or benign? Unfortunately, on physical appearance alone we can not establish the difference, I am sorry. 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 the 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. If your vet finds that this is a malignant tumor in addition to surgical removal of the lump she will also need to be spayed for a better response to treatment. If cost is a concerned I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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