Q. My dog has a baseball sized lump that popped up out of nowhere it doesn't seem to be bothering her there is no redness no swelling anywhere else

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A. It is possible that is is a Lipoma, or fatty tumor. These are not dangerous but can be uncomfortable depending on the location and size. With masses or tumor so recommend one of two paths. 1) a fine needle aspirate with possible removal depending on results. This is non invasive and can be done in the exam room. Sometimes you don't get a clear diagnosis due to the small sample size, and if it is something you want removed then your dog will need to come back for removal. 2) schedule a removal and then based on your veterinarians recommendations, send it to a pathologist for review. I usually prefer the second option, unless I am 100% certain it is a lipoma.

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