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i have a staff i think she is about7 she limps on and off on

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i have a staff i think she is about7 she limps on and off on her back leg,also she has small lumps on her body some are soft and under the skin others on top she has cut down on her eating quite a bit and thats not like her.the last staff i had had tumers inside his body and what the vets gave me didnt help .
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!

I am sorry to hear that Carla is not feeling well.

- How were the tumors inside the body diagnosed?

- Have the tumors on the outside of the body tested?

- Is there a growth near the limping back leg, or is that a separate issue?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

i have had her at the vets but they say its nothing to worry bout but she is getting more lumps on her body ,as for her leg no lumps on it just a pensioner and realy cant afford the vet fees they charge the earth.i had to pay for my last dog to be put down.

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Hi there,

I will address the 2 issues for you to best give you an idea of possible causes.


This lameness has several possible causes:

- A temporary discomfort from a strain, sprain, soft tissue, or muscle injury.

- We can also see hip pain cause these signs.

With that said, although those are possible - lameness such as this is very consistent with a Cranial Cruciate Ligament rupture / tear (analagous to the ACL in the human)

( link that may help)

When this is evaluated - your vet will feel the knee, manipulate the joint, and consider an x-ray looking for joint effusion.

Based on their examination - the other discussion you will have is pain management.


Regarding the lumps - if soft - they may just be benign fatty lumps.

The typical recommendation to determine what the lumps are (benign growth vs. cancerous mass) would be to have your veterinarian perform a procedure called a FNA (Fine Needle Aspirate) (LINK HERE).

A FNA procedure is quite simple with minimal risks. Usually without any sedation at all (and no anesthesia), a small needle is inserted into the lump and then cells and fluid are aspirated into the syringe, then pushed onto a slide.

The slide is examined under the microscope either by your veterinarian, or if you elect, by a board certified clinical pathologist. The goal would be for them to tell you what the cells are, and therefore, what the mass is. Is it benign or malignant? And would surgery then be indicated.

Often this is attempted first, as compared to a biopsy (LINK HERE) which is more invasive and often requires sedation or anesthesia.

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Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Carla. How is everything going?