While I wait to hear results from a needle aspiration... what can you tell me about scary doggy lumps, in your experience? After getting our dog her
we discovered a lump, between marble and walnut-sized, on her upper front left leg, about midway above the joint, on the front of the leg. It's movable (moves around under finger pressure/movement), and doesn't seem to cause her any pain or warrant her attention at all.
But we have no idea how long it's been there, as it was completely hidden in her fall/winter shaggy state
... so it could be many months (like 6 or 7), or weeks, or just days.
Normally I can spot any problem because she licks any owie like crazy, but she seems oblivious to this... even now, after the needle aspiration. She's probably a poodle/terrier/? mix, around 6 or 7 years old, we think, not overweight, and very healthy. – Superbly
healthy according to the doc. we've had her for nearly four years, and know nothing about her previous history.
Of course we'll have a biopsy if the results of the needle aspiration indicate trouble, but since I can't do anything but wait right now, I'd kind of like to read up on the various likely possibilities and have some mental framework and background for the possible diagnosis. Naturally, I'm hoping for it to be a benign lipoma or something, but I want to be prepared and learn as much as possible.
(For what it's worth, from what I could see of the aspirate, it was clear – not bloody, or any particular color. I'd provide an image of the lump, but there's almost nothing to see, you can really only notice it by touch, even though it's not terribly small.)