Question: My dog has, within the past couple of years, grown a large lump on his back, about where his right shoulder would be if he was a human. What should I do? It doesn’t seem to bother him or cause him pain, so I haven’t consulted the vet. But, I was wondering just how it got there and if there’s a way I could get it reduced/removed.
If this lump has been growing slowly over a period of years, it is probably some sort of skin tumor. Is the growth hard or soft? Does it move around, or stay in one place? Your vet can do a needle aspirate (a type of biopsy) of the mass to try and determine whether he thinks it should be removed. Personally, I try to never remove external growths on my pets as they often serve a purpose.