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my 9 year old mixed labrador (female) has a lump on her pelvis/groin

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my 9 year old mixed labrador (female) has a lump on her pelvis/groin area that feels like a soft small egg....just discovered another similar (but smaller) lump on her throat (where a person's adam's apple would be)....she does not seem to be in pain. She has a history of fatty tumors. We are holding off taking her to our vet because our financial situation is strained right now. (last time we had fatty tumors removed it was over $800)
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.

Hi Sir or Madam,

 

Dogs can get hernias in the groin area and I have to wonder if perhaps it is a hernia rather than a growth. Depending on the size, some hernias can pushed back into place but pop back out almost immediately. You can read about hernias here:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2090&aid=442

 

A lump or growth is hard to diagnose even with an office visit, over the internet it is even harder as we can not even see the growth. A lump may indicate cancer, but many such growths are harmless. Many lumps are not painful or bothersome. It may be a fatty tissue deposit called Lipomas or a wart or a hematoma, but to be positive your vet will need to test the lump to be sure.

 

Any lump found on your animal should be tested to determine if it is a cancerous or benign lump. Your vet will want to perform a fine-needle aspiration or other appropriate test. It is performed quickly and allows some of the cells of the lump to be evaluated by the veterinary pathologist. This test will allow the vet to determine the nature of the lump and take the necessary steps to remove it. Some vets will leave it alone if it is not serious. If it is an abscess, he may just drain it and prescribe antibiotics. Lumps that are solid feeling, feel attached and fast growing should be checked as soon as possible as these are the ones that are more likely to be serious.

 

Here are a few sites for additional information and pictures to allow you to get an idea based on the physical characteristics..

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2111&aid=424

Picture of Lipoma

http://www.daily-tangents.com/Lipoma/

Picture of Hemangiosarcoma

http://www.answers.com/topic/hemangiosarcoma

Picture of a mast cell tumor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mast_cell_tumor_on_lip.JPG

http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/mct.htm (mast tumor site)

 

Many vets just leave lipomas alone unless they are causing problems. I do understand having financial difficulties. There are some vets that will give a free office visit the first time, but will charge for testing. Perhaps one of these can take a look at your dog and give you an educated opinion without the need for expensive testing. Here is the list of vets that may offer a free initial visit though you may have to pay for extra procedures and medications. See the next one for the coupons.

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/directory.html?utm_content=link.corp.ffe.locator.

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer

 

I hope this information is helpful to you.

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