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Old 09-10-2007, 16:22
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Im just wondering if anyone here has ever found a lump on their pet .... and what it was.

Basicalyy, I have a Springer Spaniel, and about 6 months ago he got a small lump on the side of his neck.

He didnt seem bothered by it, and it moved around like a fat ball.

Anyway, he went for his boosters about a month later, and i asked the vet to have a look. He said it didnt look like anything much, and if he ever needed to go in for a minor op, he would remove it then.

So, we left it.

But its growing. Its now standing proud of his fur. Its gone from being a small lump, to being the size of a mint imperial.

You can play with it, and move it about - and it doesnt cause him any discomfort. What do you think ? Do these fatty balls grow ?

Has anyone else had any experience of these lumps ?
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:31
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My mum had a cat with a lump on his head, he looked like an alien. Periodically it would rupture, heal, and grow again. The trauma of surgery would have been far worse for him to endure. As it was the lump never bothered him.
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:31
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Im just wondering if anyone here has ever found a lump on their pet .... and what it was.

Basicalyy, I have a Springer Spaniel, and about 6 months ago he got a small lump on the side of his neck.

He didnt seem bothered by it, and it moved around like a fat ball.

Anyway, he went for his boosters about a month later, and i asked the vet to have a look. He said it didnt look like anything much, and if he ever needed to go in for a minor op, he would remove it then.

So, we left it.

But its growing. Its now standing proud of his fur. Its gone from being a small lump, to being the size of a mint imperial.

You can play with it, and move it about - and it doesnt cause him any discomfort. What do you think ? Do these fatty balls grow ?

Has anyone else had any experience of these lumps ?

Yes, my dog Betty died of cancer in April. She had an op about 2 years before to take out 3 lumps, and the vet said it wasnt going to spread but then she got another lump. She had another op, but after the 2nd op, it got aggressive and spread all over within about two months and there was too much to take out. Her last week she lost a load of weight and she couldnt eat and kept bein sick, it was horrible. So we said goodbye to her.

It was in her mammaries which is apparently common, but Id get it taken out asap especially if its grown. Even to put your mind at rest.
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:33
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My mum had a cat with a lump on his head, he looked like an alien. Periodically it would rupture, heal, and grow again. The trauma of surgery would have been far worse for him to endure. As it was the lump never bothered him.
Our cat had one of those, and the vet said it was a cyst, and nothing to worry about. It never seeemed to bother her.
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:42
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Our dog got cancer. Two lumps removed. Third one was right in her stomach, which we didn't know about. It burst She was put down that night as it was so bad and inoperable.
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:46
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My dog (lab) had a few towards her later years (13-16) it was just fatty cysts- nothing to worry about. But if I were you I would take him to the vet, especially if it is growing at an alarming rate.

Fatty cysts in older dogs are very common (you did not mention his age) and cause the dogs no stress or pain what so ever. Try pressing it and if he yelps then its more than just a fatty cyst. If he is not bothered by it then it is prob nothing.

However I would take him to the vet - better safe than sorry.
Bettys didnt bother her either til they took over her.
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:47
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My dad a lump like this on his body. It was harmless. But then you also get dodgy lumps on humans too. Its the same with animals. Best get it checked out.
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:47
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Fatty cysts in older dogs are very common (you did not mention his age) and cause the dogs no stress or pain what so ever. Try pressing it and if he yelps then its more than just a fatty cyst. If he is not bothered by it then it is prob nothing.

However I would take him to the vet - better safe than sorry.
My dog is only 3 years old.

Edited to say, the lump isnt hard either. Its squishy and soft.
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:51
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Im just wondering if anyone here has ever found a lump on their pet .... and what it was.

Basicalyy, I have a Springer Spaniel, and about 6 months ago he got a small lump on the side of his neck.

He didnt seem bothered by it, and it moved around like a fat ball.

Anyway, he went for his boosters about a month later, and i asked the vet to have a look. He said it didnt look like anything much, and if he ever needed to go in for a minor op, he would remove it then.

So, we left it.

But its growing. Its now standing proud of his fur. Its gone from being a small lump, to being the size of a mint imperial.

You can play with it, and move it about - and it doesnt cause him any discomfort. What do you think ? Do these fatty balls grow ?

Has anyone else had any experience of these lumps ?

If it doesn't hurt and it moves then it will probably be nothing to worry about. Cancerous lumps usually 'behave' quite differently - they will be painful, perhaps bleed, andf will generally be 'fixed' - the dog might often have other symptoms also.

I have a pedigree blue Doberman who has periodic outbreaks of lumps and spots- often on her neck. Some are fatty lumps and some are skin irritations. They do not bother her at all and behave just as you describe your dog's lumps. If I took her to the vet to get checked out every time I found a lump I would bethere two or three times a week! Some dog's skins are just more sensitive or prone to lumps than others, pedigrees in particular.
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Old 09-10-2007, 16:55
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Do get the lump checked out
i really hope it turns out to be ok
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:30
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Just thought i would let you know that I have booked Bailey (the dog in question) into the vets for tomorrow morning.

Hubby and I had a good feel of the lump yesterday, and in the last few days it has changed. It is still a large, soft lump - but its sat on a hard base now, which was there before. Like a saucer under the lump.

Anyway - we are both suitably concerned (normally my husband says im a little OTT when it comes to the dogs). So we will take him tomorrow and see what the vet says .... although whether he will be able to get a good look remains to be seen.

My dog would gladly lick you to death. He would be hopeless if we got an intruder. But take him to the vets and he turns into a snarling, nasty B'stard. He has to wear a muzzle .... and he still scares me !!
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:36
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Im just wondering if anyone here has ever found a lump on their pet .... and what it was.

Basicalyy, I have a Springer Spaniel, and about 6 months ago he got a small lump on the side of his neck.

He didnt seem bothered by it, and it moved around like a fat ball.

Anyway, he went for his boosters about a month later, and i asked the vet to have a look. He said it didnt look like anything much, and if he ever needed to go in for a minor op, he would remove it then.

So, we left it.

But its growing. Its now standing proud of his fur. Its gone from being a small lump, to being the size of a mint imperial.

You can play with it, and move it about - and it doesnt cause him any discomfort. What do you think ? Do these fatty balls grow ?

Has anyone else had any experience of these lumps ?
Has your dog been Microchipped?, The reason i ask is i have a Weimaraner, We had her chipped, and quite a while later we noticed a lump in her neck, Took her to the vets, and he scanned it, It was her Microchip, It has moved quite away up her neck and was a solid lump, Noticeable through her fur, Anyway its gone down and cannot see it now so it may well be something like that.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:58
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My yorkie has a few small lumps, the Vet says they're just cysts and nothing to worry about, we just keep an eye on them!x
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:11
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My dog has a few fatty lumps which the vet checks each time we visit. They're quite common in older dogs but should always be checked out and kept an eye on, as they can change.

I think if you're quite worried it's probably best to go back and ask the vet for further investigation. Good luck and let us know how you get on.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:11
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Sounds like a lipoma which in essentially harmless but can grow and sprout tendrils that may infiltrate muscle. Very occasionally they can become lipo-sarcomas so I'd get it removed when the dog is next in...can be done very quickly.
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Old 12-10-2007, 14:30
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Springer (and Cocker) spaniels are prone to benign tumours. Our Cocker Spaniel, Chelsea, had a few and she had them removed and is fine.

If you're worried you might want to take it to a different vet for a second opinion.
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Old 18-10-2007, 11:11
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Well, Bailey has just gone to the vets to have the lump removed. I dont think any tests are going to be done, as the vet didnt seem overly concerned about it. He just admitted that, if left, it will continue to grow - and it will get very ugly.

So, he has gone - and i feel a little tearful (stupid isnt it). It isnt the op that bothers me, because he wont be aware of that happening. Its when you initially take him, and he will be stuck in the back room with other animals feeling scared. Poor thing.

He will be back home around 3pm today (I hope) and that time cant come soon enough.
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Old 18-10-2007, 11:20
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Porcupine, our golden retriever has had a few of these. They've always been benign but we have them removed from her to be on the safe side. I believe they're a common occurrance so don't worry unnecessarily.
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Old 18-10-2007, 12:10
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We had a Doberman as a child, she got a lump in her teet, it turned out to be cancer she had it removed, however a few months down the line it grew back... We had no choice but to put her down. It broke my heart, I had her from being 2 years old, I was 14 when she was put down.
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Old 18-10-2007, 12:23
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Well, Bailey has just gone to the vets to have the lump removed. I dont think any tests are going to be done, as the vet didnt seem overly concerned about it. He just admitted that, if left, it will continue to grow - and it will get very ugly.

So, he has gone - and i feel a little tearful (stupid isnt it). It isnt the op that bothers me, because he wont be aware of that happening. Its when you initially take him, and he will be stuck in the back room with other animals feeling scared. Poor thing.

He will be back home around 3pm today (I hope) and that time cant come soon enough.
((((porcupine & bailey))))

i understand how you feel - my little boo had an op recently and i was ill with worry (she was fine)

i especially hated the feeling of walking out the vet without her as the last time i had to do that i had just lost my last dog to cancer

anyway, little boo is back at the vets tomorrow to see if she needs knee surgery and once again she is calm and i am a wreck

please let us know how bailey gets on

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Old 18-10-2007, 12:40
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Aw! Thanks for the update. Not long till you'll have Bailey home now
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Old 18-10-2007, 12:52
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Reading this thread has made me think that perhaps the lumps on my old dog were not the reason she died. Sadly we didn't get them checked.. a case of "Oh, they'll shout at us because we never got them checked sooner". <- parents words, not mine.
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Old 18-10-2007, 12:53
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My dog is only 3 years old.

Edited to say, the lump isnt hard either. Its squishy and soft.
My little yorkie had a distended testicle (one ball hadn't dropped and was stuck in his abdomen). Vet said it wasn't anything to worry about at that moment, but if left could turn into t a tumour. He didn't seem to bothered about it, then we got another puppy (another yorkie) and she went up to him and touched his back end and he nearly took her face off. Then we knew he was cagey. We booked him in for his operation the next day. He has never been bothered since. We take them for their 6 month checks and they are very healthy fit dogs.

Glad I took him, I couldn't stand it if he was in pain.
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Old 18-10-2007, 13:03
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Thats why I advise strongly she visit the vet with her dog. They know best. Sorry for your loss poor betty it is like losing a member of the family when we lose a dog.
tell me, she was a stray we found and everyone loved her

i cant believe people are saying "dont worry, its probably nothing". It might be nothing, but dogs cant speak and its up to you to get them checked out.

Reading this thread has made me think that perhaps the lumps on my old dog were not the reason she died. Sadly we didn't get them checked.. a case of "Oh, they'll shout at us because we never got them checked sooner". <- parents words, not mine.
Oh no dont beat yourself up over it though... you know if it happens again you should go, even if the vet kicks your arse (which i dont think they will)
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Old 19-10-2007, 09:25
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Sorry I didnt post sooner - but i had a sleepy dog to look after

I was shocked when i saw him. I thought the op would leave a small cut, but its about 4 inches long with lots of stitches. Ive now nick named him Frankenstein.

He has to wear a lampshade as he kept trying to scratch the stitches. So he cant get out the dog flap for his business, which means the back door is left open day and night (and its blummin freezing). We did take the lampshade off for a few hours yesterday (mainly so we could shut the back door), but you have to watch him like a hawk.

Last night he was a little wobbly, and he is on a 'light' diet. So i cooking him a little scrambled egg and rice last night - and he gobbled that up around 9pm (he didnt fancy it earlier).

He will be on antibiotics for 10 days, and he has the stitches out a week on sat.

The vet was worried about the lump afterall. He called me and said it was deeper than he thought - and he would like to get it analysed, but it would cost 55. Bailey is insured, so i told him to go ahead. We should get the results next Tues / Weds.

Fingers crossed it nothing to worry about.

Thank you for all your kind messages.
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