Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
Hello! When I was a young vet, back in the day, we used to treat lipomas (balls of fat-cells, frequently flat on the body-side, that clump together under the skin), as benign tumours and thus remove them. It was only later realized that they come about through the metabolism and can often be treated using diet and exercise -and treatment for hypothyroidism as so on, in cases where such secondary diseases are lurking (often unnoticed). However, there are many different causes of lumps in that area, including herniae, cysts, cancerous lymph nodes, skin tumours, unexpected testes (unlikely but I've known that happen) - and some of these, it is important to diagnose right away. Furthermore, if hypothyroidism were to be implicated - which is often is - tablets may be needed going forward. The important point is that, even though you may turn out to have guessed correctly what the lump is, lumps can and do play tricks on us. Most vets would not diagnose a lump with their fingers, let along online with their eyes from a photograph. Tests may well be a consideration so we would recommend taking this beautiful beastie to the vets, in order that they can assess the lump - and the dog attached to it - in the flesh.