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What could this be?

Published on: September 28, 2022 • By: katdod11 · In Forum: Dogs
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katdod11
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September 28, 2022 at 02:14am
The dog is 10 years old, has allergies and arthritis. This started out small so we thought nothing of it, but it’s bigger now and hasn’t gone away. What could it be?50367A8A-03D1-4487-975A-7241136E2A37
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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September 29, 2022 at 11:09am
Hello!   Like all lumps, this will be impossible to definitively diagnose by eye.  Biopsy may reveal something benign e.g. a lipoma or cyst, or something more sinister, such as skin cancer.  Most vets think about the rough probabilities in either direction, about the state of the patient as a whole, about the ease of surgery at that site.  They will then decide with you whether to go from here;  whether to 'wait and see,' to fine-needle-aspirate, to biopsy, or to attempt to remove the lesion. All of these options have pros and cons and some techniques are better employed in some situations than others. Wishing you all the best in finding the best 'next option' for you and the owner of this bum!
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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September 29, 2022 at 11:11am
Here is a bigger and better article about lumps that I wrote some years ago:  https://vethelpdirect.com/vetblog/2019/11/04/my-pet-has-a-lump-what-should-i-do/
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