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Mason was roaching and I was petting him and I found a lump on his chest. It's big (the size of a quarter) and I can move it. It's soft. Any ideas? Of course, I'll be calling the vet ASAP. Also, do you think the appointment can wait until Monday or should I go in earlier? I ask because I'm already taking Monday off school for something so that would work out. But, if we think it's urgent of course I'll go earlier.

 

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If it is soft, moveable, and seems to just be in the skin, it could be a lipoma (fatty tumor). Luna has one near her rib cage. I had it aspirated just to be sure, and was grateful to hear it was both benign and basically harmless.

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Lipoma - if you can basically put your fingers around it and isolate it from the chest wall, seems just under the skin, it's squishy, not painful. It can wait, if so. Your vet may want to aspirate and you can or not depending on your comfort level. Just keep an eye on it.

 

But if it's attached at all, has a hard nodule, or seems painful, go in right away.

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Lipoma - if you can basically put your fingers around it and isolate it from the chest wall, seems just under the skin, it's squishy, not painful. It can wait, if so. Your vet may want to aspirate and you can or not depending on your comfort level. Just keep an eye on it.

 

But if it's attached at all, has a hard nodule, or seems painful, go in right away.

Can I hijack for a second? Zuri has had one of these on his stomach for a while. Its gotten bigger though not drastically so. When I found it I thought fatty tumor, as did my vet so we've done nothing, but lately I've been thinking I've been naive and we should aspirate to be safe. It's *possible* it could be something nefarious, right? Are there ever complications from a simple aspiration?

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Haven't ever seen complications from aspirating a surface thing. Not to say there never are any, but generally fast, simple, safe.

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That's a typical area to find a lipoma--the clinical signs also fit the bill. Aspiration procedures are generally safe--the only time I have seen complications is really only when a vascular mass is aspirated--excessive bleeding may be challenging to control. If a vet has concerns about sticking a particular mass often they will ultrasound the mass first.

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Can I hijack for a second? Zuri has had one of these on his stomach for a while. Its gotten bigger though not drastically so. When I found it I thought fatty tumor, as did my vet so we've done nothing, but lately I've been thinking I've been naive and we should aspirate to be safe. It's *possible* it could be something nefarious, right? Are there ever complications from a simple aspiration?

I'd do it, just so I could stop worrying, but that's me. It's a safe procedure, it's over very quickly, and you'll feel better knowing, or, since you're vet's obviously comfortable not doing it, just wait until your next visit. Usually you only remove Lipomas if they're bothering the dog somehow (like sitting right under a collar or something). Do expect, ime, that once they get one, they often get more, but again, not a health issue.

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Kasey's aspiration bled....other than that, that's the only complication I know of (A core biopsy on the other hand, hang on to your hats!) For an aspiration, you are pulling the fluid into a needle, so likely whatever the fluid is in the lump, can be expressed and trickle out. A fine needle shouldn't do too much damage. I'd rather know what I'm dealing with than not though, so I'd go to get one just for peace of mind.

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Thanks all. I had been planning to ask her to do it, will definitely follow through on that. Now to find out if she will argue against doing it during his acupuncture session. It is just another needle after all. :P

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