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My dog has a lump just below her tummy skin

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my dog has a lump just below her tummy skin
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now we do always need to tread with care when our older dogs have lumps. There are benign ones that are not worrisome like lipomas (fatty lumps), cysts, or benign growths provided they aren't damaging the skin as they grow. But there are also a range of nasty cancers that can arise at Jessie's age and are safest removed before they can spread or cause her bother. That said, before rushing to surgery an aspirate is very important. This can let you know what is present and whether that operation is necessary. So, if your vet did not perform a fine needle aspiration (FNA), then you are best to request one be done or consider a second opinion. That way you can know what is present and thus be able to make an educated decision to whether this needs to be removed urgently or is something that can just be monitoring at her age.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now we do always need to tread with care when our older dogs have lumps. There are benign ones that are not worrisome like lipomas (fatty lumps), cysts, or benign growths provided they aren't damaging the skin as they grow. But there are also a range of nasty cancers that can arise at Jessie's age and are safest removed before they can spread or cause her bother. That said, before rushing to surgery an aspirate is very important. This can let you know what is present and whether that operation is necessary. So, if your vet did not perform a fine needle aspiration (FNA), then you are best to request one be done or consider a second opinion. That way you can know what is present and thus be able to make an educated decision to whether this needs to be removed urgently or is something that can just be monitoring at her age.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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