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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-07-2012, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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My dog Cooper (not my V but he's a ridgeback mix) has a lump under his chin. I just noticed it about three days ago and it started out small, smooth and perfectly round. My first impression was that it was a fatty tumor, oh - Cooper is 9 years old. Anyway, today the lump is bigger, but still smooth and round. I called the vet today and they couldn't get me in until Monday, but I'm actually going to be out of town Mon - Wed, so the soonest I can get him to the vet would be Thurs. I'm nervous about it because it's gotten bigger, but he is 9 and has another small fatty tumor on his chest.

So, I need some opinions on if you think I should wait until next Thursday to take him into the vet or if I should take him in the morning and just wait until the vet can fit him in?
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-07-2012, 12:48 AM
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Have you tried squeezing it? My mom's chihuahua had a small, round lump on her thigh for a little bit. She was going to take her in to the vet but I told her to wait & let me look at it. A couple of gentle squeezes later I had emptied out the contents of a very large zit.

If it's not acne & is growing quickly I would get him in to see the vet ASAP.

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It's definitely not acne, it's in the more loose skin where his chin and neck meet and when I touch it, it kind of moves around. I think I'm a little paranoid because I just had to put down my older dog a week and a half ago and I don't even want to think about something being wrong with either of my guys! One minute I convince myself that it's nothing to worry about and the next minute it stresses me out. Maybe I should just take him in so I don't worry about it for a week.
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I would like to say to you leave it till you get back - but I just know you are going to worry about it.

Go get a needle biopsy, then if it is anything sinister you will have probably caught it in time. Hopefully it will be a fatty lump or a cyst.

My Dane had a small lump on his tail which the vet told me that it was probably a fatty lump. I looked at this lump for several weeks asking myself if it was getting bigger and worrying about it. So I thought might as well get it over with and get it checked out. I am pleased that I took him back and got it checked out.

Fingers xed that it is fatty.....do keep us posted
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It's definitely not acne, it's in the more loose skin where his chin and neck meet and when I touch it, it kind of moves around. I think I'm a little paranoid because I just had to put down my older dog a week and a half ago and I don't even want to think about something being wrong with either of my guys! One minute I convince myself that it's nothing to worry about and the next minute it stresses me out. Maybe I should just take him in so I don't worry about it for a week.
Could be fatty or a swollen lymph node. I would wait it out and go to the vet on Thurs.
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post #6 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-07-2012, 01:35 PM
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I would get him to the vet as soon as possible and have him aspirate the lump and send it for testing, regardless of his opinion on what it might be. When my male had a lump on his tail the vet thought it was a cyst and said to wait and see if it gets bigger. After a month or two I saw my regular vet who also agreed that it was a cyst. We decided to have it removed and it was NOT a cyst. By then it was stage 3 mast cell cancer. Not trying to scare you, but I wish we had known sooner.
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iwant2fish - that is exactly what happened with my Dane's tail..it's only a fatty lump or a cyst. After looking at it for a couple of weeks I insisted they aspirate it - sure enough, it was a mast cell tumour. That was two years ago now and he is doing fine.

Hope your dog is also doing well. So I agree with you..get it aspirate asap.
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Update on Cooper: I couldn't wait anymore and took Cooper to the vet and had them fit me in. So not the best news, but I'm holding out hope that it's not terrible news. Turns out his lymph nodes are swollen and on the good side, it's just the lymph nodes in his neck and not throughout his body. The vet did a needle biopsy and now we're waiting for the results to come back from the lab.

He also took his temperature and it was 103 - which was a little shocking, since Cooper is eating normally, and his energy level is normal. He did take his temp after it took 4 of us to hold Cooper down to give him a sedative, so it could have been that high from the struggle, but either way it's definitely elevated.

The vet did say that from looking at the slide, it looks to him like it could just be an infection, but we obviously won't know for sure until we get the results back. So basically Cooper could just have an infection or it could be something much worse.

Next steps - Cooper is on antibiotics and now we wait.... Keeping my fingers crossed that we get good results back from the lab and hoping that the antibiotics will take care of this.
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I have my fingers crossed that Cooper has just an infection - that is good news and will hopefully be history by this time next week.

Keep us posted Crazycash
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post #10 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Update #2 on Cooper: the lab results came back and they were inconclusive. The vet and the lab recommend that we do another needle biopsy on the other lymph node to see if we can get a definative result. So we are back to the vet in the morning for another biopsy and hopefully this one will tell us that it's just an infection.

Fingers still crossed!
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