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Well my dog has a huge lump on his neck we found it

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Hello! well my dog has a huge lump on his neck we found it yesterday, and it's gotten bigger this morning.

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 and age?

Spike, 12 years old

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

He's a skinny dog, always has been picky with his food so we have to mix things with it to get him to eat

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help with this concern about Spike.

Please give me a few minutes to type back a response for you. Deb

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

When a dog develops an acute swelling or lump which continues to enlarge in a really short period of time, then the following are likely to be the cause:

1. An abscess or infection even though you may not see any evidence of a wound.

2. Hematoma which is a blood filled space or a seroma which is filled with serum. These are typically secondary to trauma of some sort.

3. Depending on the location (if it's on either side of her throat between her chin and chest), this might be a lymph node but they don't typically enlarge a great deal in a 24 hour period.

It is often not possible to determine what a lump or bump might be based on feel or visualization alone. Usually a needle needs to be injected into it and based on the results then cells can be examined under a microscope or if fluid, then conclusions can be made as to what it might be.

Unfortunately, there aren't any over the counter treatment options which I could suggest. Given the short time frame in which this lump has increased in size, a vet visit might be a wise thing to do.

I hope this helps, Deb

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