(Closed) Puppydog has a lump on his neck and the vet is concerned…

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@OrchidsandCandles:  Oooo, poor puppy!  Don’t get worried until there’s something to worry about, fatty tumors are a regular thing for labs and retrievers…they can get HUGE, bleed, change shape and color, which is freaky.  Excising it is the best way to make sure there’s nothing to worry about, cause it might just be a bunch of fat gone crazy!

Post # 6
1069 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t have any advice but I wanted to comment and say I hope everything is ok with your baby!

Post # 7
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I could have written this post a month ago. We were experiencing something very similar. Our 2 1/2 year old lab/plott mix had a lump on his shoulder. It was pink and relatively small. But after a few weeks, it had grown quite a bit, to maybe a centimeter across, and it would bleed and had gotten kind of blackish. He is around 90 lbs., fairly active, and had no other symptoms except he didn’t like to have the lump touched.


The vet said she thought it was a mast cell tumor, which is malignant. We opted to have it surgically removed and the vet said that with this type of tumor, they usually get it all and it doesn’t come back. We opted not to have it biopsied after the surgery because we were already having it completely removed regardless, plus we’re pretty strapped for cash because we had emergency surgery for the same dog in January due to a bad blockage. The biopsy alone would have been several hundred more dollars.


Comparatively, the soft tissue surgery to remove the tumor was a much quicker, easier, and less expensive surgery than surgery on internal organs. The vet had us give him 4 benadryl and some antibiotics every 8-12 hours until the surgery because she said mast cell tumors produce histamines and other chemicals. She did the surgery in the morning, it took less than a half hour, and they kept him a few hours to monitor him while the anesthesia wore off. They removed quite a bit of skin to be sure to get it all and, since he was already going under, we also had them remove his three extra dewclaws. Recovery just involved putting a cone on him so he couldn’t lick, plus antibiotics and NSAIDs. We are hopeful that’s the end of it.

Post # 8
2162 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My baby has a Lipoma-a fatty tumor. I was so concerned also at first, but it’s not causing any troubles for him. Fingers crossed for you & your pooch-it’s amazing how much they become a child/family member.

Post # 9
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Most growths that dogs get within the skin that open and bleed are cysts, they are benign, just a blocked oil gland in the skin. But, mast cell tumor are common in young dogs and while slow to spread are malignant, your doing the right thing getting it removed. Sending good thoughts your way!


Fyi- lipomas ( fatty tumors) are not located in the skin they are located under the skin, they are  soft, nonpainful and free moving under the skin, they feel kind of like bread dough. 

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