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Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
Hopefully I can help today.
Could you send a photo of the lump?
Is it bothering Zane?
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Thank you for this clear photo. I'm just typing my reply now.
As Zane is a young dog, this lump being something sinister is less likely.
From looking at a photo (or even examining the growth in person), it is impossible to say what it is.
To know for sure, we would need to take a sample of the growth and have it analysed by a lab.
Potential causes would include:
You should not allow any licking or chewing.
Keep it clean by bathing it with saline.
Monitor closely for any growth or change.
As I say, sampling it would be ideal so we can be 100% sure it is nothing to worry about, but I understand this may not be affordable at this time.
In the ideal world, we would sample it now to determine what it is, as there is a small chance it is something that needs to be removed. However, if this is not currently possible then this sounds sensible, yes.
Costs vary depending on the clinic and other factors such as the size of the dog.
As a very rough estimate, a fine needle aspirate (sample when a needle is inserted and a few cells are removed and sent for analysis) can cost from £80-150 in my clinic in West London.
If a surgery is needed to remove the lump, this is more expensive as we need to use anaesthetic, medication etc and we may be looking at e.g. £200-400.
You would go for a consultation and all estimates would be discussed first.
Not at all and wishing you both all the best.