I have noticed people mention skin issues and allergies but not bumps. The vet does a lot of the neutering for the local OES rescue and seemed familar with the breed, but I thought I should check if anyone has come across this.
|Hi gail, best thing to do is have a needle aspirant (Biopsy) done on the lumps. They are not sedated at all for that, a vet inserts a fine needle into the lump and takes a sample and evaluates it under the microscope to see if any abnormal cells etc.|
This way takes the worry off you if it just turns out to be just a fatty cyst or some other benign lump. Does not hurt the dog either and quick and simple on the spot as to what the lumps may be.
Also means no uneccessary surgery to remove them if just a benign lump.
So do that, no pain for the dog and quick and simple to see what the lumpys are .
|can that be done with a local??|
|No local nothing it does not hurt them at all. They just do the needle into the lump to get a sample.|
|I don't post much about lumps, bumps, and cysts because they're actually very common. I've been waiting for our two year old, Hudson, to get his first, and I actually found something that appears similar to a skin tag on his ear this week.|
Our previous sheepies had tons. They usually are nothing. The vet can do a needle aspiration (as others have mentioned) and check out what's inside. Long haired breeds get tons of bumps and lumps. Some you just watch and never do anything about them. Our Portage had one that was almost like a pancake along his side. It was seven or eight inches in diameter, when we found it, and was very thin and along his ribs. He lived with it for many years and it never changed.
It's helpful to keep a list so that you know how big something is at a given time and where. Changes are important to track.
Generally, if you can move the lump around it's not concerning and will need to be removed if it interferes with movement (armpit areas are bad for that). If it's hard the vet may want it off. We had some removed...occasionally putting the dog out, but a calm dog and certain areas can be done with a local as well. Also some completely benign lumps can burst. We've had a few do it, clean them up, have them checked out, and life goes on just fine.
I hope I didn't over answer, but sheepies can get really lumpy. Long haired breeds often do, so it's worth checking and monitoring, but may not even be worth removing at this point anyway.
On a final note, we've talked to our vet and have a very positive relationship with him. He's aware that if our dogs ever need anything and he can't reach us, to go ahead. If you're comfortable with that, you might want to talk about it with him/her. I don't mean carte blanche of course, but if our dogs were already under/being treated and he found something else, he knows to go ahead. I imagine if it were major he'd hold off, but grabbing a lump while he's there would be a given with us. Of course I only advise this if you have someone you really know you can trust.
Personally, I wish I had a doctor who is half as good as my vet.
|Lumps seem to be common, we've seen our share here. Have them tested.....think of it as a reverse injection--needle comes out, not in. Very good chance they are nothing but a bother, still have them checked and keep an eye on them--even to point of measuring them once or twice a year. Sounds anal, but how else do you know if they have grown.|
Lumps seem to be common, we've seen our share here. Have them tested.....think of it as a reverse injection--needle comes out, not in. Very good chance they are nothing but a bother, still have them checked and keep an eye on them--even to point of measuring them once or twice a year. Sounds anal, but how else do you know if they have grown.
Or take pictures of it to compare.
I noticed Simon's was growing bigger after I was gone 3 days showing Chewie. Previously we had been "watching" it per our vet's advise. For months, no real change. Then all the sudden it starts growing.
It was firm and not very movable, so we had pathogy done - thankfully came back as a malignancy with low risk - surgical excision is considered treatment with little risk of recurrance.
Sadly no pictures of before, but it looked like a large marble was under the skin. It also was right along his spine, so that worried me.
Here is the after picture:
This was last May - it healed perfectly.There is just a 1 inch long silver scar that has no hair - otherwise no sign.
|pics are a good idea. I'll break out the camera this weekend. I still need to post pics of Bella anyways.|
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