Hi, I am asking about a lump on my dog's chest....well, it's closer to one of her front paws...so not exactly in the center. Also, she has two nipples and one is small and the lump/lipoma is near that. I think they're nipples as they are smaller than the rest but I believe they're nipples and there's two and spaced apart - pretty close to the the spacing between the rest.
Anyway, I think the lump would be called a lipoma until we/I know more?
I am hoping it's benign but I am wondering what should be done - well, at this point, have it checked out at the vet? I did have a vet look at it but she wanted to remove it (right away). I thought that was odd since she was just assuming to remove it no matter what it really was. I think her reasoning is to be on the safe side and remove it. But, I thought it is better to know what it is for sure, isn't it?
I read online that the usual step-by-step with this is to stick a needle in and get the contents/fluid and examine it under a microscope. Is this not a reasonable procedure to do now? I hope so. It's less invasive and the dog won't need extra treatment if it's not serious.
I think it's called a needle aspiration. But, the vet wanted to remove it and I didn't know about this procedure until I read it recently. Will other vets suggest doing a needle aspiration. No one is open at the moment save for emerg/24 hr vets and they will just say to wait til a vet who's open tomorrow or Monday. Alternatively, bringing her in will be expensive.... to the Emerg service.
I feel bad and guilty that I waited until now but I just looked at it today. I think it might have grew a bit but I also read that it can be normal (to get a bit bigger).
I read these pages: Ask a Vet: Do I Need to Worry About a Fat Lump on My Dog's Chest? Help! Found A Lump On The Dog... Now What?
Can someone please advise? I hope it's benign...already going through enough problems, lost my previous dog to congestive heart failure, then my mom to cancer and now I don't know what is wrong (if anything) with this dog.