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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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I’ve just found a lump next to one of my dogs nipples, just

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I’ve just found a lump next to one of my dogs nipples
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice the dog had this lump?
Customer: just now a few minutes ago
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: maisy and she is 10
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Maisy?
Customer: no
Submitted: 13 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.
Dr. Michael Salkin is typing. Please be patient. I have 50 years of experience in canine, feline, avian, rodent, and rabbit medicine and surgery.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear about this with Maisy.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Can you upload photos of the lump to our conversation?  You can upload photos by texting them, or by using the paperclip or add file icons above your message box...if you can see those icons on your device.  You can also use an external app such as dropbox or navigate to justanswer.com/help/using-justanswer and scroll down to "other".

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Okay sure, I won’t be a moment!
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
It’s hard to keep her still but I will try
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

I understand.  Do your best.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
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Customer: replied 13 days ago.
It’s not huge but it was big enough for me notice and it feels like a small ball but it’s quite hard
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Thank you.  Give me a moment to take a look, please.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Thank you!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

The photo and your description suggests a mixed mammary gland tumor or adenocarcinoma of the mammary gland.  This won't respond to conservative (medical) care) but surgical excision could be curative.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Do your best to have this removed as soon as possible.  Her vet will want to X-ray Maisy's chest to see if cancer had metastasized.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Should I take her to an emergency vet tonight? I don’t really know what any of this means!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Please continue in this conversation if you wish.   Maisy isn't an emergent patient but does need the attention of her vet as soon as possible.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Okay I can call them in the morning! If it was a tumor, can she survive?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Certainly, but these can spread and so removal promptly is needed.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Okay, I will ring her vet first thing in the morning and ask to me straight away!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

I'm pleased to hear this.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

I hope I was able to answer your question satisfactorily.  If you would like to ask me another question in the future, you can add me as a favorite expert.  You'll have the option to do that on your "My Questions" page if you choose to rate our interaction or you can request me by name if you wish: Dr. Michael Salkin.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Would there be any other symptoms?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
I really don’t have any money at all
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Not necessarily.  I understand your financial constraints.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Okay thank you, ***** ***** appreciate you taking the time to speak to me
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

It's my pleasure.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Take care
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

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