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Found a lump

Postby Stacey100 » 13 Feb 2012, 17:45

Hi All

I don't post much on here anymore but I need a little advice, mostly reassurance actually if I am honest.

I found a lump on Murf yesterday, he is about 12 1/2 now, it's on his off-side flank quite high up, feels like a marble sized lump, squishy but slightly firm and it seems to move about slightly when handled. It's not hurting him and he is full of beans, but I had a fright when I found it and I am scared now. He is booked in with the vet Wedneday but has anybody got any experience of this sort of thing, not ready for this at all. :-s
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Re: Found a lump

Postby Sianny » 13 Feb 2012, 17:55

Hello my lovely!

I'm not much use here I'm afraid but I know how scary the unknown can be for anyone so I will wait with you for Wednesday. I know someone will be along soon with some past experience. :ymhug:
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Re: Found a lump

Postby BeeBee » 13 Feb 2012, 18:14

Jasmine had quite a few lumps over her lifetime, she had one that sounds similar on her chest and it turned out to be a harmless lipoma as were the others.

I'm sure this will turn out similar but glad you're getting the vet to check. Good luck Wednesday.
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Re: Found a lump

Postby nickycaplan » 13 Feb 2012, 18:15

Thought I would answer this...my dog jetson at about 13developed these lumps under his armpits and on his side..firmish fatty lumps completely harmless and due to his age... By the time he died at 16 he had about 5 on his sides never bigger than a 50pence piece..hope your vet finds the same with your dog and good luck.
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Re: Found a lump

Postby Bluebell » 13 Feb 2012, 18:17

My old girl had quite a few lumps and bumps. I would say you make your own decisions. We had a couple removed (at the vets suggestion) but then decided if she wasn't in pain to live with them because frankly if it was a worse case scenario what's the point of having them constantly removed as each op was a risk at her age. Sorry its not helpful. I guess each lump is different but Poppy did have quite a few fatty lumps that were nothing to worry about as well. I think the fatty lumps are usually found in certain places.

I used to have to ask her groomers to be careful and they said its usual for an old dog to be like this.

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Re: Found a lump

Postby hula-hoop » 13 Feb 2012, 18:30

All the best for wednesday, hope they are harmless...good to hear Murfs on top form otherwise! :-h
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Re: Found a lump

Postby Claire Farrington » 13 Feb 2012, 18:43

My old boy started developing fatty lumps at about that age, you could get your fingers around them, he also developed a large lump right on top of his hip joint which was hard and very different to the others. We always got the vets to check it and they used to measure it each time but there was no way I would have had it operated on at that age. They said that they could take a needle aspiration but I chose to leave well alone. It did get bigger and spread across to the other hip but he managed to live very successfully with it for another two years. It sounds to me like Murf has got the fatty lumps but good luck for Wednesday and let us know how you get on.
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Re: Found a lump

Postby summer46 » 13 Feb 2012, 18:55

Our vet always says as long as they do not feel attached to anything and you can move them around and are fairly squishy then they are usually nothing too sinister but always best to get them checked out.

Summer had a lump on her shoulder the size of a pea a couple of months ago i kept my eye on it to make sure it did not get any bigger the last.time i checked it had vanished
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Re: Found a lump

Postby montykins » 13 Feb 2012, 22:12

About two years ago Molly had lumps, the vet said that most of them were just fatty
lumps, one he was concerned about so had her operated on, turned out fine.
However I found another one the other day, so am keeping a watch on it but am relucant
to do anything as I don't want her to have aother aneasethic.
I'm sure every thing will turn out fine.
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Re: Found a lump

Postby Cam2 » 13 Feb 2012, 22:43

Always best to get lumps checked out with the vet - hope all goes ok with Murf.
We took Zack to the vets about a month ago as I found 2 lumps on his chest area.
(Zack will be 11yrs old in June) - the vet also said that generally if the "lump" moves around it is usually a fatty lump. - she did use a needle to extract some fluid from one of the lumps - and after examining it under the microscope said that the lump was just fatty tissue - and that unless the lumps became bigger and interferred with his walking, all should be ok.
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Re: Found a lump

Postby Mari Obi and Fingal » 14 Feb 2012, 00:14

Sounds like fatty lump from your description, hope it is.
Anyway, you'll find out more when you visit the vets.
Best of luck, try not to worry. Old dogs often have fatty lumps, and even if it wasn't one, it can easily be removed if is is "loose". Fatty lumps generally do not need to be removed.
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Re: Found a lump

Postby Stacey100 » 14 Feb 2012, 16:28

Thanks everyone, nice to hear that this sort of this can be just harmless but it's the first I have found so gave me a fright. Fingers crossed it is nothing more than a fatty lump then due to his age, I will update once he has been to the vet.
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Re: Found a lump

Postby henrys mum » 14 Feb 2012, 18:01

Lumps do frighten you! Henry had a couple that I thought were fatty lumps so didn't get each one checked but then a different sqidgy one appeared so off we went to the vets. It turns out that they're all fatty lumps so nothing to worry about. The vet did needle aspirations of all of them and one looked different so was sent off for analysis. That came back ok (fatty lump). If it's not bothering him it's probably ok but best checked :)
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Re: Found a lump

Postby hula-hoop » 17 Feb 2012, 16:16

How did Murf get on Stacey?
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Re: Found a lump

Postby Stacey100 » 17 Feb 2012, 16:24

Hiya

Not sure yet, waiting for a call with the results. Murf had to have a biopsy? is that the word? The vet seemed pretty un-concerned though so I am feeling less anxious about it now.

Plus I make sure Murf has a blood test every 6 months to check him over and they didn't find any abnormalities when I had it done 3 months ago so I am hoping it is just a 'fatty lump' I'll let you know.x
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