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What could this be?

I have a 7yr. old golden retriever she is a very good dog. A few months ago I noticed this growth on her front leg it was the size of a golf ball. We took her to the vet and he said he would have to run test on it and it would cost us $500.00 dollars to have it removed. Well we thought that was too much so we decided to pop it ourselves and it bleed and it did not seem to bother her, it did drain alittle but it came back. I personally think it is some type of fat tissue there. It feels soft with just alittle firmness to it. Any vets out there that can give me an idea or advice with out spending alot of money. Thanks in advance.


Asked by Anonymous at 8:26 PM on Oct. 9, 2008 in Pets

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Answers (7)
  • it probably is a fatty tumor as long as you can move it and its kinda soft thats probably what it is. i have an eight year old newf who has a lot of them and even if you get it removed theres no guarente it won;t come back

    Answer by tanababy at 11:22 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • sounds like a cyst. to keep it from reoccurring, you would need the vet to remove it

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:11 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • are you nuts please either leave it alone or have some tests done!!! they should not cost you 500 hundred dollars, they just do a small needle biopsy to make sure it is not serious. as long at is benign you can leave it if it doesn't bother her

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:43 AM on Oct. 10, 2008

  • If you love your dog you should let the vet run the tests. Your Golden could have a cancerous tumor. If it spreads, and you still do nothing, your dog can die within months.
    Why not just have the vet remove the lump? That way if it's nothing, no loss. If it's something, you've nipped it in the bud.

    Answer by Looking2Adopt1 at 10:57 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

  • Is it on the elbow? Our English Mastiff had one on her leg, the vet said it was from her laying on our hardwood floor. He said you could remove it or drain it, but it would probably come back. So we left it alone, and it went away on its own-and hasn't been back. It was kind of soft, but hardened a bit before it went away. It was a few months but our dogs are pets, we don't show them or anything, so no big deal. It didn't hurt her.

    Answer by dodgemomma at 7:00 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

  • You should never treat anything like that yourself. My 15 year old has a similar growth on his leg. Sadly his couldn't be removed and amputating his leg at his age was out of the question.

    Answer by Deb_Jones at 10:07 AM on Oct. 12, 2008

  • It could possibly be a cyst or a fatty tumor. However, that being said, Goldens are prone to having cancer. The least expensive route would be to have the vet do an FNA (fine needle aspirate). They can look at the cells and determine what the growth is. If they are not experienced enough, they will send it to an outside lab for determination. Fatty growths are easy to diagnose. If it is fatty, removal is not always necessary unless it is causing pain, limiting range of motion of the leg, or is bleeding from repeated rubbing of the area.

    Answer by aggiechristie at 1:13 AM on Oct. 15, 2008