Q. My dog has a soft rounded mass on her throat. It feels like jelly. It doesn't seem to bother her. What is it?

A. It may be a benign fatty mass. Monitor it for rapid change or growth. See your veterinarian if it causes discomfort or impedes movement. A simple needle aspirate biopsy submitted for pathology can frequently determine the makeup of most lumps.

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A. It could be a fatty lump, which is usually not dangerous, but it could also be a malignant tumor. It's not possible to diagnose lumps by the way they look and feel, it is recommended to have the lump checked by a vet.

The vet will take a fine needle aspiration of the lump, then have a look at it under the microscope. In most cases he will be able to tell you if it's a benign tumor or a tumor that needs to be removed.

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A. It could be edema, excess fluid in the area around the throat, it could be localized swelling from some kind of condition. Since it came up suddenly, I recommned getting it checked by your vet as soon as possible.

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