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She has what you call old lady cyst but I just discovered that she has a lump in her throat

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. 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?

Her name is ***** ***** a Dachshund and she is 13 actually 12 and a half

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

She's eating and drinking normal going to the bathroom normal however a bit on the Sleepy side

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Is the lump hard, firm, or fluidy?

Is it sore to the touch?

Does it feel like its in the skin or deeper?

Can you take a photo so I can see what you are seeing? To post it, you can use the paper clip button on the tool bar above the text box (last icon). Or if you cannot see that, then post it on any site (ie Flickr, Photobucket, Imgr Instagram, etc) & paste the link here for me.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
You can't see it with eyes you can feel it it's a bull right under her chin in her throat
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Doesn't seem to hurt her she's barking
Dog Specialist: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Hello again,

Now as I am sure you can appreciate when we see any lump on our pets, we do have to consider a range of issues. If Duchess's lump has suddenly appeared, then we’d need to consider trauma induced hematomas (blood blister like lesions), soft tissue swelling, abscesses, and insect sting induced allergic reactions. Though at her age and this location, we'd also have to consider thyroid masses or even lymph node involvement.

Now with these in mind, we can start some supportive care to try and rule out some of these. To start, if there is any chance of a bee/spider/wasp sting or bite, then we can reduce allergic type swelling using antihistamines. Commonly we will use Benadryl (Diphenhydramine; More Info/Dose). A low dose (ie. 0.5mg per pound of body weight twice daily) is often enough to reduce these signs over a few days. We do usually like to keep the dose low, as they can have drowsiness with this medication (just like people). As well, of course, this medication shouldn't be used if your wee one has any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medication without speaking to your vet first.

Furthermore, to reduce swelling with any of these sudden appearing concerns, you can also start warm compressing this lump. This can reduce inflammation as well as encourage hematomas and allergic reactions to settle. Just to note, you can make a safe warmer for use as a warm compress by filling a clean sock 2/3rds full with uncooked white rice. Tie it closed and microwave (approx 1-1.5 min). Before use, do make sure to shake to allow the heat to distribute before using as a compress. (If it cools, you can re-warm as required).

Now if you use the above, but the lump doesn't settle with our supportive care, then we'd need to think about those other issues. In that case, the best way to approach an abnormal lump like this is to have your vet evaluate the lump via fine needle aspiration (FNA). This is where the vet uses a needle to harvest cells from the lump. If they remove pus, then this tells us that there is infection present and antibiotics can be dispensed. If blood or blood stained fluid is removed, then trauma was most likely and pain relief/ anti-inflammatories can be used to settle the swelling. Otherwise, if the above are not found, then the cells they harvest can be stained to tell us what is present and whether it is something that needs more serious treatment.

Overall, if this lump is sudden in appearance, we would consider those initial sudden onset concerns. Therefore, as long as it’s not painful or obviously draining pus, then you can try the above to rule out those aforementioned concerns over the holiday weekend. Otherwise, if this doesn’t settle; then we’d want to have your vet sample this lump to identify its cause so that appropriate treatment can be initiated to address it for your wee one.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. B.
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Dog Specialist: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Hello again,

How is everything with your wee one?

Warm regards,

Dr. B.

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