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Hey guys.

I have a 12 year old English Bulldog who's been in relatively great health all of her life despite the uphill battle of health problems the breed generally faces.

Anyway, a few months ago we noticed a large lump on her arm (easily seen in the pictures) had formed. It doesn't appear to have effected her in her daily walks (which are maybe 1/4mile if that), but it's quite gruesome. We took her to the vet a little over a month ago and they couldn't give us an educated opinion on it without running tests upwards of $500-$1000 (which my family simply doesn't have the money for right now, and even then who knows what surgery would be if it came to it). The vet said it's not of great concern if as long as it stays soft and doesn't harden, which it hasn't, but I'm not entirely sure what reassurance that is (I know I should've inquired).

As of now it's probably grown about 20%-30% larger than in the pictures featured. She's drinking a lot of water lately, especially at night and I've noticed a little bit more of an infrequency in her breathing/panting (which occurs more often now as well).

I guess I'm really just looking for an opinion/educated guess as to what this might be? She has various bumps on her body around the ribcage (like mini cysts) and she flinches a lot when you touch her which makes me believe she's in pain but no way of relaying that.

Thanks for taking the time to read guys. Appreciate any responses here =)

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It wouldn't be quite as concerning if it weren't for the fact that you've noticed it grow larger. Unfortunately those expensive diagnostics are the only way you can know for sure what it is (and whether it's cancerous). Is there a low cost hospital near you? A lot of the time, even if they only advertise as a spay/neuter clinic, they'll be willing to do diagnostics for someone, provided they have the equipment.
 

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could be dozens, if not many dozens of things. Have learned over the years that lumps are just that... lumps and guessing what they are is rarely worth the time since we are wrong more often than right. But whatever it is, if its growing rapidly, I would strongly recommend removing it while you still can as it is rapidly becoming too large to do so. As it is, if it turns out to be something nasty, it is very unlikely even a good surgeon would be able to remove it completely.. .you will probably have to settle for 'shelling out' the mass and hope it doesn't grow back too fast. Leaving it alone, however, you are likely to end up with a mass that starts to bleed and may be very hard to stop without removing it then (and it will be a lot more complicated removing it then, too).
 
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