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-Sam from California
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So about an hour ago, I was petting bruce & as he layed & turned his chest for me to rub I felt a lump, about the size of a quarter. Tomorrow I'm calling the vet & taking him in. I am just very distraught, although the lump isn't too hard & he is only 5 years old, I'm still very very worried. I'm thinking if I should have a blood test drawn or just go straight to setting up an appointment to get the lump removed. I wonder how much the vet bill is going to be, any ideas? or am I just being too concerned? I just don't wanna lose my boy, he still has many years ahead. =(

please pray for Bruce.
 

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Awww what a sweetie pie! Tell the vet's office about the lump. Chances are they will do a quick needle aspiration and a lot of times they can tell from that whether it's a cyst or something more.

Lumps are part of the aging process unfortunately but I totally understand your fear.

When my bridge girl Maggie first started getting them, I spent lots of $$$ having them removed needlessly.

A trip to the vet should calm your anxiety. Keep us posted.
 
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My Daisy is only 3 years old and she has one on the side of her shoulder its about the size of a walnut.
The vet checked it out and said it was ok but to keep an eye on it he does not like removing the lumps unless he has to.


I have one on my ribs and back and they have been there for years and the doctor said the same to me so there they will stay :)
 

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Just to ease your mind - goldens are very lumpy dogs in general :) I think that it's good you're going to get it checked out and it is most likely *knock wood* nothing at all.
 

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Hopefully it is just a lipoma. Poor old Copper has tons of them. They range from the size of a quarter to bigger than my fist and they don't bother them.

He is a rescue so I don't know his age, but I believe he wsa about 5 when the first one showed up.

My regular vet does not do needle aspirations, but his specialist does and they can tell very quickly (in the office) if it is a lipoma or something else.

I hope Bruce's lump is just a lipoma. It is scary at first, but I'm used to the lumps and bumps now. Copper recently had a really ugly , red, inflammed lump on his chest and it seems to be an infection caused by an insect sting. Antibiotics and baths with a chlorhexadine shampoo are finally clearing it up!

So the chances are that Bruce is just getting his "age bumps".
Good luck at the vet's.

Bruce is gorgeous! I'll keep him and you in my thoughts and prayers.
 

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Prayers that it is a harmless cyst or fatty tumor. Goldens can be lumpy as they get older and hopefully that is all this is with Bruce. Dont squeeze it or mess with it because if it is a fatty cyst it can cause it to split.
 

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Were you able to get Bruce in to the vet today?? Any answers??
 

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hey ya'll, I took Bruce to the vet today & as the Dr. was trying to get a sample of what it was, blood filled the syringe. Of course I freaked out, but after she took the sample, the lump was gone. To my surprise, it turns out, just like dogs get hematomas on their ears, he happens to have one on his chest. So she suggested to put a warm compress twice a day so that his body can reabsorb it & it'll eventually go away. No infection, no cancer, nothing of that sort to my relief. Now fast forward to the end of the day... I put the warm compress & felt to see if the lump went away, but it's back again, so I'm debating on whether I should do the warm compress for a few days & call back or just schedule another appointment since she said she may have to do the antibiotics if it comes back.

He has also gained about 7 lbs since the last visit so she said we need to work on his weight since that may be a factor & chubbier dogs get fat pockets. I always thought he looked bigger because his fur is so fluffy & his winter coat is coming in.. nope.

funny thing... I told my mom about it & it turns out she was giving him a little extra scoop because,"oh he just looked so hungry, I didn't want him to beg".. ironically, I've been guilty of giving him "generous" scoops as well. lol, well now i know..

on a brighter note, thank you all for your support. I feel more at ease with people who understand what it's like to own a Golden, or dog in general. again, thanks for all the support!
 

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Congratulations that is was a relatively minor issue and it could be resolved. Isn't it nice to go to the vet and it not be a big deal. These are times that I wish they could actually speak to discuss symptoms.

I am reminded of our first Golden. Our first golden was still intact and I was flying out of town on business. I was playing with him prior to leaving for the airport and he was lying on his back with his legs open. I noticed a huge lump on each side of his shaft. I had no clue what this was and of course panicked. My wife took off work and took him directly to the vet at 7:30 am.

The male vet took her back in and got him on the back and no lumps. My wife is telling the vet that they were lumps right here and I saw them. She said the vet started to get red in the face and stammering trying to explain that the dog was just aroused. Of course, my wife was laughing saying to the dog that daddy is going to be thrilled about this. The vet was nice and did not charge for the diagnosis. Of course, my wife gave me hell about not knowing this and all men should, etc. etc. I told her....we don't make it a point to look and dogs and men are definitely not the same.

Congratulations again !
 

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I am so glad it is just a hematoma.

I hope lovely Bruce gets better quickly.
 

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YEAY!!!! Glad you got good news.
 

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Im so glad you got such good news!!!
 

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what a relief!:) I am so happy for Bruce and you, that it turned out not to be something serious. I hope he will be rid of it soon, for good! :smooch:
 

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Sam, I know this is an old post, but please could you tell me if the hematoma went away on its own. My boy has one on his back and they drew blood out of it but now it is back again and I am freaking out.
 

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SO relieved for you.

Katarina,

I'd check with the vet. Gunner had a hematoma from running into something with his shoulder. It went away in a few weeks. Your boy may have reinjured his.
 

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Bruce

So relieved it was just a hematoma!!
Give Bruce a big hug and kiss!!
 
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