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Q. My dog has a baseball sized lump that popped up out of nowhere it doesn't seem to be bothering her there is no redness no swelling anywhere else

A. It is possible that is is a Lipoma, or fatty tumor. These are not dangerous but can be uncomfortable depending on the location and size. With masses or tumor so recommend one of two paths. 1) a fine needle aspirate with possible removal depending on results. This is non invasive and can be done in the exam room. Sometimes you don't get a clear diagnosis due to the small sample size, and if it is something you want removed then your dog will need to come back for removal. 2) schedule a removal and then based on your veterinarians recommendations, send it to a pathologist for review. I usually prefer the second option, unless I am 100% certain it is a lipoma.

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DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM

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