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Hello Sylvia, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.I'm sorry for this concern for Suzie. I do have a few questions to ask about her first, if you don't mind:1. How long has the mass/bulge been present?2. Did your vet aspirate it (stick a needle in it) and evaluate the cells under a microscope)?
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1. I noticed bulge about ayear ago, and it has got bigger since then,but not really fast
2. No the one vet just said ho its a fatty mass keep an eye on it, doesnt seem to be bothering her, sometimes they get very big and can be removed. When i asked a new young lady vet she would an xray show what was there, she said no, only surgery will find out, and you don't really want to do unnessasary surgery, which i certainly don't want to do. But nobody suggested needle aspiration, would that be best and is it expensive.
Sylvia: Thanks so much for the answers to my questions and the additional information. As your vets probably told you, most of the lumps/bulges which dogs develop are benign and bother us more that the dogs. And, lipomas (or fatty masses/tissues) are probably the most common masses which develop in middle aged and older dogs.They can enlarge over time, depending on their location; some can become almost as big as your head, in some cases!! This isn't common, of course, but just to make a point that even benign masses can become concerning large.I always aspirate any questionable mass which develops on a dog's body. It's very easy to do and quite inexpensive. If this is only fat, the material will look greasy on a slide. If there appears to be more solid cells, then the slide can be stained and evaluated or, if necessary, sent to a pathologist for review.We charge $24 for a simple aspirate at my hospital; if we stain the slide, the cost is about $45....so very affordable, in my opinion.When it comes to lumps and bumps, we do have limited options: either monitor them, freeze them off (if small enough) or surgically remove them.In this case, Suzie probably does have a lipoma which will be nothing to worry about but I'd ask one of your vets to aspirate it to confirm.I hope this helps. Deb
Sylvia: Thanks so much for the rating; it's greatly appreciated. Regards, DebKindly ignore the information request.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX has done aspirate and seems it is just fat.
Have a good, you were very helpful.
Sylvia: That's great news that your vet has confirmed with an aspirate that Suzie's lump is just a lipoma. I know how relieved you must be:) Deb