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My elderly dog has hard lumps in the top of her loin. About…

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My elderly dog has hard lumps in the top of her loin. About the size of a large orange. I thought it was ffat, but she's on a diet and they are not going down. One on each side of her spine. Is it serious?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?

Kate, 10 yo, border collie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Kate?

She is in glucosamine, was an active cow herder

Submitted: 22 days ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Welcome to JustAnswer.com! My name is***** and I have been a licensed veterinarian for 10 years. I would be happy to answer your question. Older dogs can develop lumps as they age. Usually they are not cancerous but the way to have them checked out would be to have the vet collect some cell samples from the lumps and take a look under the microscope to see what they are.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Rachel, Dog Veterinarian replied 22 days ago

The procedure is called a Fine Needle Aspirate. Some types of lumps don't shed their cells very easily, so if the vet doesn't get a good sample, the way to be sure what the lumps are would be to have them removed and submitted for biopsy.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Rachel, Dog Veterinarian replied 22 days ago

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