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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...

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

Veterinarian's Assistant: 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?

Lola

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lola?

No other health concerns or issues

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 7 months 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
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Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hi.

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?

Paul

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
am I able to what without problems?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I'm not with her right now so I don't have a picture to send you
Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

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

Dumb fat fingers

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Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Okay.

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.

Okay?

Paul

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Customer reply replied 7 months 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 reply replied 7 months 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?
Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 7 months 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.

Paul

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Okay thank you, ***** ***** send a photo later tonight to confirm.
Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

You are very welcome.

Standing by

Paul

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Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi,

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

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