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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. Answered

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

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Re-design
Re-design

11 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.

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V-Man737
V-Man737

Answer 11 years ago

That sounds quite right - can you imagine how much pain your dog would be in if that lump was a malignant tumor?

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Burf
Burf

11 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!

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Was it being fearful that held you back from taking her to the vet sooner?

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