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My dog has a soft lump on her tummy. I noticed it about 1

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Hi, my dog has a soft lump on her tummy. I noticed it about 1 month ago. It's about 1.5 inches...The size of a toonie
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Lola
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lola?
Customer: No other health concerns or issues
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is approximately 10-11 years old. Chihuahua mix (I think with ***** *****) She is still eating fine and is a happy, healthy and active dog. The lump is not painful to her at all and she allows us to rub and touch it
Expert:  DocPaul replied 1 year ago.


Dr. Paul Brazzell here.

My first impression is that this is a sub-cutaneous lipoma (benign fat lump)

Are you able to about without problems?

Can you send me a photo- That really helps me to be accurate and efficient?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
am I able to what without problems?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not with her right now so I don't have a picture to send you
Expert:  DocPaul replied 1 year ago.

Ha ha- sorry about that. To move it about without problems.

Dumb fat fingers

Expert:  DocPaul replied 1 year ago.


Well I think it is a sub-cutaneous lipoma.

These are nothing to worry about.

However you will get about one in ten of these soft sub-cutaneous lumps that is not a lipoma but something else (mast cell tumor for example)

If you are able to send me a photo later on then I can confirm my suspicions.



Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it moves around and doesn't hurt her at all. It's very soft and squishy. It feels like water or even air
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can send it later tonight. I'm at work right now. So if in fact that is what it is.....just leave it? Will it grow bigger?
Expert:  DocPaul replied 1 year ago.

Almost for certain a lipoma.

I am not worried just so you know.

But at some point it would be prudent to have it checked (they put a little needle into it) with cytology to make sure it is just fat.

When I do these I can diagnose them without sending sample to lab because it is just "fat"

I hope this makes sense. And I would still like to confirm with photo.

These tend to be very slow growing and in fact this may stay that size for good.

My own labs and English setter all had these lumps.

My wife is a veterinary pathologist so we just put needles into all of them to make sure that they were not something else.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay thank you, ***** ***** send a photo later tonight to confirm.
Expert:  DocPaul replied 1 year ago.

You are very welcome.

Standing by


Expert:  DocPaul replied 1 year ago.

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