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My elderly lab keeps get lumps on face and front upper leg.

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My elderly lab keeps get lumps on face and front upper leg .
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice the Lab had this lump?
Customer: Over the last month
JA: And what's the Lab's name and age?
Customer: Oscar 8 but is over weight
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: The face ones keep bleeding and we have been washing them with anti wash
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 16 days ago.
Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda.
How many lumps does he have?
Have any been checked by a vet?
Would you be able to send a photo?
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
File attached (44QGQMM)
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 16 days ago.
Thank you for this photo, though unfortunately it is a bit unclear.
Is the lump large like a grapefruit?
Is it under the neck?
Is it oozing liquid?
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Not as big as grapefruit more like tennis ball under neck at top of leg some liquid
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
File attached (ZL4QLTG)
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
This one is under chin
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 16 days ago.
Ok, thank you.
That is quite large.
Oozing tends to indicate infection.
Lumps can have many causes but in older dogs when a lump grows rapidly and the skin ulcerates, bleeds and becomes infected we do worry about cancer.
The lumps need to be analysed so we know what we are dealing with. This may mean popping a needle in and sending cells away to the lab. This is called an FNA and can often be done quickly in a conscious dog.
Oscar likely also needs some pain relief and antibiotics right now.
What happens after will depend on results but he may need a surgery to remove growths.
In the mean time, clean them with saline and protect them with a buster collar and loose cotton t-shirt.
I do hope his helps and hopefully we can get him seen soon.
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Ok thank you
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 16 days ago.
Not at all and please feel free to keep me updated and to ask any further questions you may have.