I have an eight year old boston with a soft nickel sized bluish lump on…

I have an eight year old boston with a soft nickel sized bluish lump on the back of her front leg. It just seemed to pop up a week ago and hasn’t seemed to change since. I took her to one vet when it showed up and he said to remove it then biopsy it. He said he didn’t see a point in doing a needle aspiration first. The surgery and biopsy came to around 700$. He also said he would clean her teeth for 100$ while she was under. My husband took her to my mothers vet and he just looked at it and said its a cyst and to just keep an eye on it. He said if we really wanted to do the surgery he would do it for 200 then if it seemed dangerous would biopsy it for another 160$. He recommended against an aspirate due to risk of infection but said we can do it at home if we wanted and proved him the slide. He did at least feel the Lump not just look at it. Both vets are at varying ends of the spectrum and neither wanted to do an aspirate test. Who do I trust? Should I trust either of them?

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Joe Mccollum
5 years ago

Not much to go on Christine… Many different lumps and bumps. Fatty tumors happen most often in middle-aged or older dogs, especially around the ribs, although they can show up anywhere. They’re considered a natural part of aging. Any breed can have them, but larger dogs and those who are overweight are more prone to them. Usually, no treatment is needed, unless they give the dog pain or cause trouble with moving around. A sebaceous cyst is a blocked oil gland that looks like a pimple. When it bursts, a white, pasty substance comes out. Warts are caused by a… Read more »