My 9 yr. Golden Retriever has a lump near the shoulder blade. It started out months ago; about the size of a golfball a
on Jan 24th 2009
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This is quite possibly a tumor of some sort, please get it checked out by a vet right away. Hopefully it is benign, but it will likely have to be removed regardless if it keeps growing.
Oliver answered on 1/24/09. Helpful? / 0
I just went to the vet and had Suzie checked out for a lump that was suppose to be a fatty cyst. Dr. pulled fluid and it has cancer cells, they are doing a wellness check on her blood, if all comes back normal than she'll take steroids to see if it will shrink then they'll take it off.
Don't wait take to see vet.
Suzie Q answered on 1/24/09. Helpful? / 0
Big lumps the size of golf balls are usually tumors that have cancer cells in them. Take your pup to the vet ASAP!
Jet answered on 1/25/09. Helpful? / 0
You definitely need to take the dog in to see the vet.
It sounds like it's a tumor, definitely. Though, there are many types of tumors.
A common, NON-cancerous form of tumor often seen in older dogs is called a Lipoma. Basically, it's a fatty tumor made up of an overgrowth of fatty cells. It's not generally harmful, but they need to be removed when they get large or they can cause pain to the dog, or if they are in a place where there's a restriction of range of motion because of them (for example, an armpit.) Fatty tumors feel rubbery and not "fixed" most of the time. If you feel the lump, in other words, it usually moves around in your fingers under gentle palpation. They can grow quite quickly.
This is the most likely type of tumor the dog has, but you need to rule out cancer or other conditions so definitely get to the vet for a definitive diagnosis on this.
Jack answered on 1/25/09. Helpful? / 0
This could be serious, I would pass "go", so to speak, and take it straight to the vet - especially if it is hard like your knuckle bones and doesn't move with the skin. It could be very serious anyway, and I just wouldn't take any chances. You may not kick yourself for going to the vet for nothing, but you will for not going if it is serious and your dog pays the ultimate price.