I have a cocker/dachshund that is 12 years old. She has a lump on her left side that is about the size of a softball.

I am taking her to the vet tomorrow but I am so fearful of that.  I do not know what I would do without her.  The lump doesn't seem to make her sick just kind of uncomfortable.  thank you

Re-design8 years ago
I've been a pet owner for the last 30 years.  I've had animals with all kinds of lumps, growths tumors bumps.  Most by a big margin are not a problem.  They take them off, the dog/cat heals and it's no problem.

Since you say it's that big, I tend to think that it's benign.  Otherwise it would have taken the dog long ago.  How long has it been there?

Good luck with your dog.
That sounds quite right - can you imagine how much pain your dog would be in if that lump was a malignant tumor?
Burf8 years ago
I have no medical training whatsoever, so this is only  recollection of a similar issue I had with one of my dogs several years ago.
My dog had a lump on her ribcage under the skin about the size of a marble. I took her to the vet who diagnosed it as a lipoma.  Lipomas are the most common benign tumors of the body, they are a growth of fatty tissue cells. He removed it and sent her home a few hours later. That was five years ago and she is still doing well.
The vet also informed me that most sub-cutaneous growths are benign and the resultant pain is from the pressure the tumor puts on surrounding nerve tissue.
I think you should relax,  chances are very good your pet will be fine after the vet takes care of her.
Good luck!
lemonie8 years ago
Was it being fearful that held you back from taking her to the vet sooner?

L