|Barked: Thu Mar 28, '13 12:28pm PST |
|I would recommend that you ask your vet to do a fine-needle aspirate of the lump. It could be a mast cell tumor, the most common skin tumor in dogs, or it could be a melanoma, which is common in dark-skinned dogs. Most skin melanomas are benign, but if malignant they spread quickly. Brody is currently suffering from metastatic melanoma that started in a nail bed, and I've read enough on dog cancer the last 3 months to know that no one can tell if a lump is cancerous just by looking at it. A fine-needle aspirate is a quick, mostly painless, and inexpensive procedure.
I don't mean to scare you, but I would give anything to be able to go back in time and have someone tell me that the problem on Brody's toe could be a tumor in time for it to be removed before it had metastasized to the lymph nodes.
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