The vet thinks it's probably a tumor.
I noticed it a week or two ago. It is small, about half a cm or so in size, just under the skin.
I have read that skin tumors are not that uncommon, and often benign. I am really hoping that's all it is. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?
Our vet said there are a couple of options. She can aspirate it with a needle to get a cell sample and send it in for analysis. Depending on the sample, this could give a diagnosis, or it may not.
Or, I could just have it surgically removed and they could send it in to have it analyzed (a histopath).
Sadie could also use a dental, and it all could be done at once. This is the way I'm leaning at the moment. I don't really see the point of doing the needle aspiration if it may not even give any answers and if the lump should still be removed anyway.
I'm not even sure it's worth finding out what kind of tumor it is. The histopath alone would cost over $100. If it is malignant, what would it change and where do I even go from there? If it has not spread, its gone, but if it has...well, I'm not going to put her through any harsh cancer treatment just to buy her some time. Gosh, I don't even want to think about that possibility right now...