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Old 01-06-2013, 12:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question concerned and confused

Hi everyone, Im a bit confused. My dobie has a small lump in the back of his neck and although he doesn't seem uncomfortable or in pain Im concerned. Do any of your pups have had anything like this? And if they have how can i treat it?

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Old 01-06-2013, 12:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In my home an odd lump means a vet visit is in the near future.
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Odd lumps that aren't accompanied by any pain, and/or change in the shape/feel/texture of the lump are of little concern.

In that location, probably more superficial (cosmetic) than anything.

Just bring it up at your next routine vet visit.

However, if you check it regularly and it changes in any way...size, shape, anything...right away pronto stat to the vets.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Has he had any vaccinations in that area lately? Sometimes a vaccination will cause a lump to appear. It should go away in two weeks to a month or so if that's what it is.

Keep your eye on it, make sure you can't feel heat in it or it doesn't grow. Should be okay. You could always call your vet and ask him about it, too.
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Mysti used to get small lumps all the time, and the vet would aspirate them and determine they were harmless. She did have one that they checked for me, and it was suspect, but after a round of antibiotics it reduced in size and was determined to also be harmless. I would have your vet check it, aspirate it and determine if it is harmless or not, and then just have it logged in the chart and watch it. My vet had all of Mysti's little lumps marked on a diagram and kept watch on them all.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Could it be a microchip? My guy's chip was inserted the day he left his litter and the breeder warned me there may be a little blood and sensitivity in his neck. I didn't find anything, but took him to the vet to make sure sure the chip was picked up by the scanner and to get his shots anyway.
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My lab mix has had a bunch of lumps so far ( he is 7 years old now )...all over his body, including one in the neck area. We took him to the vet and had them biopsied and removed ( many vet trips over the years, as the lumps would appear one by one so to speak ), and they were just fatty lumps. The vet did biopsy them ( they weren't cancerous ) and removed them. My dog wasn't in any pain, and some lumps were the size of the pea, the others were almost the size of the quarter. They would grow fast and then stop growing ( the lumps that is ).

The vet drained and biopsied the very first lump he had, and over time, it just grew back. After that, we would just biopsy and remove any other lumps - they never grew back at that same spot.

The only way to know for sure if it's a fatty lump/cancerous lump or something else is to take him to the vet and have it looked at and biopsied.Good luck!!!
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