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Old 06-22-2013, 11:05 AM
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Maggie has a small bump(size of a pea) on her side. Its under her skin but not attached to her muscle. It honestly looks like is might be a cyst right under her skin. It doesnt bother her at all. It has stayed about the same size. She had one of these on her face about six months ago and it went away on its own. Should I wait it out for another week or two or do you think this should get seen sooner?


Also another quick question: what is the general opinion about the lyme disease shot? Is it worth it or not? Maggie is on flea and tick preventatives but we do spend quite a bit of time out doors. I rarely find ticks on her, but I still get paranoid because deer ticks are so small and she is mostly black.
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How long has the bump been there? If you just noticed the bump recently, check it daily for the next week. If the bump does not grow at all in size over the next week or two and does not appear painful when touched, then there is no need for concern. If this is the case, it is most likely a Lipoma, or a harmless fatty cyst which usually disappear on their own.

If the bump does grow or you notice pain or swelling, then a trip to the vet is in order. Such a bump will usually require immediate veterinary attention, as it may be cancerous. In such a situation, the bump should be removed as soon as possible to prevent the cancer from spreading to other body tissues. It is better to catch such lumps early to ensure a faster recovery rate.

Is there any possibility that you could post a picture of the bump? I know exactly how you feel: one of my black Miniature Schnauzers has a similar bump which my mom (a veterinary surgeon) is surgically removing on Thursday, due to its growth over the past few weeks.

Don't worry, most bumps are harmless and don't require surgical removal. Just observe the bump carefully over the next few days to ensure that it does not require medical attention.
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I noticed it about a week or two ago, it has stayed about the same size maybe gotten smaller. It is firm and only attached to her skin. You can't see it at all since it is so small and under her hair.
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I don't think you should be concerned then. If it has gotten smaller, then it will most likely go away on its own. Just keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn't get any larger. If it does appear to be getting worse, I would contact your vet.
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Thank you for your help!
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I don't think it is an emergency, but I would have it checked out by the vet if it is more than a month.

My dog has a tiny bump on her chest that we had looked at by the vet. It is so small - maybe the size of a pimple. It looks harmless, but mast cell tumors often look harmless (and they can look like anything). My vet said that regardless of what it looks like, if it is still there in a month she wants to biopsy it. There is no way to know that a lump is benign based solely on appearance and behavior.
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my westie has just developed a lump on his lip, vet saw it this evening and immediately diagnosed that my dog of 4 years old has cancer, he is going to do a biopsy on thursday i am so upset, is this possible. We had him at the groomers on the 3rd of June, took him back today and she discovered the lump. Dinky has not lost his appetite, no temperature and is definately not in pain. Any suggestions. Will I go to another vet tomorrow
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my westie has just developed a lump on his lip, vet saw it this evening and immediately diagnosed that my dog of 4 years old has cancer, he is going to do a biopsy on thursday i am so upset, is this possible. We had him at the groomers on the 3rd of June, took him back today and she discovered the lump. Dinky has not lost his appetite, no temperature and is definately not in pain. Any suggestions. Will I go to another vet tomorrow
I would certainly proceed with a biopsy. If the mass is found to be malignant I would ask to be referred to an oral surgeon for further treatment.
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I give my dogs the lymes shot every year. I would rather be safe than sorry.

My SO had lymes, and it is not a fun disease, stupid deer ticks.

Deer ticks are no larger than a grain of pepper, so they are next to impossible to see them. Ask your Vet what they think.

We had another thread on the lymes, look it up, it was a good discussion.
To me that shot is just as important as heart worm preventative.
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I happen to know a Schnauzer who has small, fatty tumors all over her skin about the size of a pea. The tumors are benign and don't need extreme treatment, neither will they put her in danger. They feel exactly the way you described. Is it possible it could be one of these?
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