Found a lump on my dog

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There's a marble sized lump on her chest, and I think I found another small one on her side. The one on her chest was definitely not there a few week ago too. She's not acting any different but it's something that I'd like to get checked out. The only problem is that my dogs have practically met their vet quota, what with the other one having been bit by a rattlesnake a few years back. I was thinking maybe pet insurance? Does anyone have pet insurance? How does it work etc?
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i had it when i had one dog. dropped it when i got two, could afford it and would rather have the money in case one got sick. there are a lot of exclusions and ommissions and technically pre-existing conditions (like the one your are describing) wouldn't be covered. you'd have to lie and say your dogs were completely healthy and then maybe even have to wait 30 days or so before taking the dog in for the lump. i wouldn't necessarily want to wait. hopefully others will chime in but that's my experience with pet insurance.
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I've never had it because when I looked into it, I had two old dogs with a ton of pre-existing conditions (and the cost for the insurance with them being in their teens was a lot).

I didn't get it with my newest dog as I figured I'd rather just have the money than "just in case" - with my others, many of the things that cost so much wouldn't have been covered anyway (there were a lot of rules and it just didn't seem worth it esp. with the amount of exclusions)
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I hope everything works out with your pooch. I know what it's like to worry about them.

I don't have insurance for my dog. We first got him 3 years ago, and when I did, I asked my cousin, who is a vet, about pet health insurance. At the time, he didn't think it was worth it--he said the insurance pool was too small. But now, I'm wondering if pet insurance has improved?
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I looked into it last week, and did not find it helpful, since I have more than one dog. Not sure if there are breed restrictions, either.

Regardless, please take your dog to the vet. It may be nothing, but it may be something serious.
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I've never gotten insurance for my dogs, for the same reasons others stated -- it didn't seem worth it, as the conditions my dogs had would likely not be covered anyway.

They could just be fatty tumors, but they could be something else. Please have them checked soon, and let us know how it goes.

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Depending on how old your dog is, it might not be worth it. Check out Pets Best insurance--they have an online quote tool that will give you an idea of coverage and cost. You give them your email address but they won't spam you.

Please don't wait to get the lumps checked out. Give your dog a very thorough pat down to find any you might have missed and get them all biopsied at once. I thought our dog had a wart or cyst a year ago and it turned out to be a stage II mast cell tumor that needed to be surgically removed. On the other hand, five lumps I've found since then have turned out to be various things, all non-cancerous.
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I've had 6 female dogs over the last 30 years, and every one of them has had asymptomatic lumps and bumps on their chests. They were all nothing. After the first or second dog, I stopped taking them to the vet for it, because it's apparently very common in spayed female dogs. My current old dog has had chest lumps for no less than 12 years. She's 14 now, and still going strong. If there were symptoms accompanying the lump...pain, redness, inflammation, bleeding, discharge, etc., then I would take her, but without symptoms, I don't bother.

I am NOT saying you should do this with your dog...just what I do with mine. You should take your dog to the vet if you think it's something to be worried about.

Personally, I don't think vet insurance is worth it. When my dogs see the vet, I tell the vet upfront that I have limited funds and to please keep the bill low...it's amazing how much stuff they don't want to be bothered with when they think you don't have money.
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Hey thanks everyone, I appreciate the input . I'm always the one worrying about the dogs. I'm working on convincing my mother that she needs to go into the vet just to get checked out. I keep chasing her around trying to pat her down but I think she's catching on to what I'm doing xD. It's just.... there, hanging out, right under her skin, I can practically get my fingers under it.

I'll update if anything changes. Thanks guys
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So I took my dog to the vet a few days ago (poor thing has worms too! ugh). The vet took samples from the lump on her chest and another he found near her hip. That one turned out to just be a lipoma, no biggie. He said that once she starts losing weight it should go away. But the other one... he got 2 different type of cells, meaning it could be a tumor. He gave me an estimate for surgery which is $750, but I told him we'd wait and watch it for a few weeks. She's completely fine so.... I doubt my dad will be willing to pay. When our springer got bit by a rattlesnake it cost thousands for a small amount of antivenom and massive surgery. I offered to pay half of it. She's very healthy and has plenty of years left to live. Maybe my sisters can chip in too.

To top it off I found another right on the ridge of her back leg. Could be a lipoma, but I'm not sure because it's right near the bone.
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aww hugs. i know that's got to be tough. i wish vet stuff wasn't so expensive. not sure if pet insurance would have helped much.
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I'm sorry. If it's a mast cell tumor, you can sometimes treat them with benedryl. Obviously, surgery is better, but when surgery isn't possible (as with older dogs), benedryl is better than nothing. Find out what it is and see if there's something else that can be done.

Good luck.
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Thinking of you, SarahNoH, and following this thread. Hope everything turns out to be benign and treatable.
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Thanks peeps . I'll update if anything new happens. For now we'll just wait and watch. Who knows, maybe it wont do anything for a long time.
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My dog IS a lump. Both of them. Lumps of laziness lying on the study floor here behind me. Ha!

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