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I found a Lump on my Dog :-(

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#1 **~Jenn~**

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    Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:34 PM

    So two Sundays ago, I was just waking up...and of course Buddy (dog) was layed out in between FI & I and waiting for his rub down..LOL
    I started petting him and because I am neurotic about my animals..I always feel for strange things on them...Because you never know.
    Well...I found a lump.
    It wasn't huge, but it was hard and it clearly didn't belong there (I felt the other side, just to be sure & there's not anything there)
    It was one of those moments where I wished I wouldn't have found it and I wanted it to magically go away...So I didn't say anything to FI at first.
    But later on in the day I did and he felt it and said maybe he got hurt at Daycare that prev Friday or something.
    I didn't want to take chances so the next day I called my Vet to try to get him in there.
    The specific Vet I wanted was just getting back from Vacation and completely swamped, so the earliest appointment I could get was for tonight
    (6pm) & now that the day is here, I am so Nervous :-(

    Alot of people keep saying it's probably a Fatty Cyst and it will most likely just have to be drained. But I don't know..Are Fatty Cyst's hard?? This is like a round knot near his hip, on his left side. & it feels like it has gotten bigger.

    It doesn't hurt him. We touch it and poke it and he doesn't even care. He's completely normal...Eating, Drinking, going to the Bathroom & Playing.

    I am nervous for two reasons...First and foremost...I want him to be ok and for it to be nothing serious. I can't imagine anything happening to my baby and I can't even think about when he's old and it's his time to come, but he's only 2 1/2 so I didn't need to think about that.

    Secondly, I am nervous at the cost. My Wedding is exactly 2 months away. I have the money to pay my room off (I am holding off on paying it "just in case" this thing turns into major money) However...I have other things that still need to be bought & paid off.
    This dog means the world to me and I will get him the care he needs..But I am hoping and praying that it's not costly and certainly not serious.

    I figured I would Vent about it here because I am sure everyone else around me is sick of hearing about it..LOL

    Keep your fingers crossed for Buddy tonight

    Anyone else have any similar experience with their dogs

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    #2 Christi

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      Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:43 PM

      Hey Jenn,

      My Rhodesian Ridgeback had a lump too and it turned out to be a bug bite of some sort...it was the same as you described...big and hard, but it didn't hurt her at all...good luck and hopefully it's nothing serious!

      #3 Erika J

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        Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:45 PM

        My old dog god a few lumps, they were softer but they turned out just to be some cysts. No big deal.

        I hope it turns out to be nothing.. positive doggie thoughts coming your way today!!

        #4 **~Jenn~**

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          Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:46 PM

          Really? Oh Thanks Christi :-) That makes me feel a little better. I am still nervous, but I figured that more people have gone through something like this.

          Thanks :-)
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          #5 Christi

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            Posted 24 April 2009 - 03:03 PM

            I was nervous too and having your vet check is the best you can do for your baby...we live in an area that has a lot of mosquitos and when the vet saw the lump, he felt it and said most likely a mosqito bite, but definitely a bug bite...keep us posted and I'll be thinking of you guys tonight...BTW - the picture of buddy is SOOOO CUTE!

            #6 Hartyt509

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              Posted 24 April 2009 - 03:03 PM

              I found one on meg years ago and i ignored it! I know bad mum but I just couldn't bear it. Anyway it never got any bigger didn't bother her or anything.

              She had a massive operation for something totally unrelated and they checked it and said its just a fatty lump and it's big now - i wouldn't worry dogs get them all the time just sometimes you don't realise

              #7 tylersgirl

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                Posted 24 April 2009 - 03:17 PM

                My parents yellow lab (she is 10 yrs. old) got a large bump on her side and we were really scared too. We took her to the vet and he did a biopsy and said it was just a fatty cyst and everything was completely normal and it could be removed with surgery. I hope everything goes well. He is precious!

                #8 Inked1

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                  Posted 24 April 2009 - 03:45 PM

                  Most lipomas (fatty cyst) are soft and usually happen in older dogs but it isn't unheard of for them to either feel firm or occur in younger dogs. Usually when we see bumps on young dogs in our hospital they turn out to be either reactions to an insect sting/bite or sebaceous cysts (the follicle gets plugged and fills with skin oils) those usually go away on their own, sometimes with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. There are few other young dog bumps that come to mind but I won't bore people blathering on about the various type of doggie bumps

                  Long story short I doubt you have much to worry about. Ask if they can do a Fine Needle Aspirate and look at the cells under the microscope if they don't mention it. We usually tell clients if they are worried let's take it off and send it in for histopath. If it is small enough they might be able to take it off with local anesthesia and that will keep costs down for you.

                  Keep us posted, I will send happy technician vibes to you and your dog.

                  #9 trance_angelx0x

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                    Posted 24 April 2009 - 04:14 PM

                    I discovered a lump on my puppy (6 months at the time) and it was hard. When we touched it, didn't bother him. We brought him to the vet and they suggested to remove it (he was getting fixed that week anyway so we killed 2 birds with one stone). The results showed that it was just a lipoma. Still glad we got it removed !

                    #10 **~Jenn~**

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                      Posted 24 April 2009 - 04:16 PM

                      I will keep you all posted, but I really appreciate all of the positive stories and thoughts :-) In my heart I know it's nothing and everything will be ok..But there is that little voice in my head.

                      If he says it's nothing, but I can get it removed, I will do it after the wedding
                      My friends Bassett hound had a lump this week (Of course she ran to check him after I told her about Bud, and she found one & I felt really horrible about it)
                      His was on his stomache and she said it was hard, but alot smaller than how I made Buddy's sound.
                      She said they Drained it and will test it, but it was most likely nothing :-)

                      Anyway..I'll post as soon as we get back tonight :0)
                      Thansk again!!
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