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My dog has a pea sized hard lump under the skin on her back.

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My dog has a pea sized hard lump under the skin on her back. It is hard and lifts with the skin as I raise it. It seems to cause her discomfort if I squeeze it. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 7 years ago.



The lump is something that could have many causes: inflamed lymph node, sebaceous cyst, or lipoma are just a few.


Here's more reading on lipomas and other cancers:


On cysts:


On lymph nodes:


The only way to positively identify what sort of lump or bump your dog has is, unfortunately, also through a trip to the vet. A fine needle biopsy (where the vet inserts a needle into one of the bumps and tries to aspirate/pull out material to look at under the microscope) will tell the vet, without question, what sort of problem your dog is having.


I hope this helps.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I will take her to the vet. Does this type of lump often turn out to be cancerous?
Expert:  Lisa replied 7 years ago.
I woudln't expect it to be cancer on a 3 year old dog.