Q. My dog has a soft rounded mass on her throat. It feels like jelly. It doesn't seem to bother her. What is it?
A. It may be a benign fatty mass. Monitor it for rapid change or growth. See your veterinarian if it causes discomfort or impedes movement. A simple needle aspirate biopsy submitted for pathology can frequently determine the makeup of most lumps.
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. It could be a fatty lump, which is usually not dangerous, but it could also be a malignant tumor. It's not possible to diagnose lumps by the way they look and feel, it is recommended to have the lump checked by a vet.
The vet will take a fine needle aspiration of the lump, then have a look at it under the microscope. In most cases he will be able to tell you if it's a benign tumor or a tumor that needs to be removed.
A. It could be edema, excess fluid in the area around the throat, it could be localized swelling from some kind of condition. Since it came up suddenly, I recommned getting it checked by your vet as soon as possible.