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Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  16 years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
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My dog has a lump on the top of his head which is quite pronounced.

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my dog has a lump on the top of his head which is quite pronounced. how can i tell if it's something to worry about?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. Friend, on visual inspection is it nearly impossible to determine if a lump is malignant or benign especially if the lump is under the skin. To determine the exact nature of the lump I would recommend you speak to your family veterinarian about doing an FNA (fine needle aspirate); this is a very quick test where your vet will collect a sample of the cells with a needle. Requires no anesthesia, inexpensive when compared to a biopsy and can be done within minutes during an office examination. Your vet will most likely submit sample to a lab to be evaluated under the microscope for a definitive diagnosis. The decision of benign neglect or complete surgical removal should be made based on FNA results. Please do not forget to rate my answer - I hope you found it to be excellent. If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know. It’s my goal to provide you with excellent service." Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!