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Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
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Experience:  16 years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
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Our dog is around 13 years old now and time has had

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our dog is around 13 years old now and for some time has had a lump hanging down from his stomach;lately the lump is getting bigger and bigger and he is getting very emotional;
is it too late to have his lump removed? i get the feeling he is giving up!!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you. 1- Besides the lump any other pre existing medical conditions? 2- How big is the lump?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

the lump hangs down about 5 to 6 centimeters and is about 4 centimeters


no other conditions

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Friend, one of the main concern in removing this lump would be the anesthesia part. Your vet will need to evaluate Reg by doing some testing and a thorough physical examination. If all testing (blood work, EKG, Urinalysis, etc) are within normal limits then surgical removal of the lump can be done. Upon removal your vet will submit the lump for biopsy to determine the exact nature of the lump. 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!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

have you any idea wether tis lump is dangerous

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Friend, the only way to know if the lump is cancerous or not is by collecting a sample of the tissue to evaluate under the microscope. This can be done either a histopathology examination after your vet has removed the lump. Or, they can do a FNA (fine needle aspirate prior to surgery); 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. Please reply if you have additional questions. Dr. Peter