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15 year old dog, mix la radar and border collie, has a big

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15 year old dog, mix labrador with border collie, has a big cyst on his chest, keeps growing, measures now 4inches. should I worry, he doesn't seem to worry about it.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.

Dr. Altman :

So sorry to hear Wizzer has this cyst on his chest!

Dr. Altman :

First, any new lump/ bump I recommend aspirating or poking with a needle to ensure it is nothing to be worried about

Dr. Altman :

Once aspirated your veterinarian can evaluate the cells under the microscope to ensure it is benign (noncancerous) versus malignant (cancerous)

Dr. Altman :

If it is found to truly be a cyst or fluid-filled sac and Wizzer is leaving it alone then monitoring it should be fine

Dr. Altman :

I always worry about cyst growth and rupturing which can be painful and lead to a secondary infection

Dr. Altman :

So some cysts we will actually aspirate the fluid as needed to remove the excess and reduce the risk of rupture, discomfort, infection

Dr. Altman :

Please let me know if this information makes sense and any additional questions I can assist with regarding this cyst

JACUSTOMER-zbsvu7tr- : I am satisfied, I though draining would be a good thing to do. thanks for giving me reassurance, I will ask the vet to try and drain the fluid.
Dr. Altman :

Perfect, please let me know if I can answer any additional questions for you today! Good luck to you and Wizzer :)

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