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My dog is being sick and has a hard lump on her teet, We

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My dog is being sick and has a hard lump on her teet
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Where on the dog's body is the lump? When did you first notice it?
Customer: We have just noticed it, it's on her teet
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Patch, we think she's 11-12?
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: Do you want me to send you a photo of the lump?
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm sorry to hear Patch has these issues.Has she been neutered?
Yes, a photo would help.
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
We're not sure, we have inherited her from my partner's step dad.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.
Ok, sure.If you could send a photo of the lump that would be great.
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

I'm sorry but it's very difficult to know what you are referring to from these photos.

All I can see is her belly and fur.

I also see her belly button.

Is it that the lump does not show up in a photo?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I think it's hard to see the lump in the photo
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

So is it a hard lump under her nipple?

Is it the size of a grape, bigger or smaller?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
It's a hard lump and it's bigger than a grape
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Ok, sure.

With regards ***** *****; when did this start?

Any other signs such as weight loss, panting or an increased thirst?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
She was sick this morning and again about an hour ago
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
She has lost a bit of weight, but we thought this was because she is going for walks rather than just going out in the garden.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Thank you.

As she may not be neutered and she has a large lump associated with her mammary gland, there is a concern she may have a mammary cancer.

It is important the lump is assessed and, if concerned, the vet will biopsy it. If it does turn out to be cancerous, it is best to be removed.

Weight loss should always be taken seriously in an older dog has it can indicate an underlying medical issue. However, if she is exercise more than usual and not eating more calories, this could explain it. If she is under-weight, the vet will likely advise some basic testing such as a blood test.

With regards ***** ***** vomiting, a couple of vomits aren't always a concern and could be due to e.g. an infection or having eaten something she shouldn't have.

We would usually advise resting the stomach and then offering a bland dinner such as a half portion of chicken and rice.

Ensure she has plenty of water and that she is up to date with her wormer.

Do also check there aren't any toxins she has access to such as a house plant, human medicine or cleaning product.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Ok, what about the lump
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.
I did discuss the lump in the first part of my answer.The other consideration, if it was not there a few days ago, would be an infection (abscess) or insect bite.
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
That's great, thank you for your help
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Ok great.

If there is anything else, please do let me know.