My bichon has a hard red quite large bump 2 inches round on his side. The vet tried to get fluid out of it but there was none. She got a sample from the inside to put on a slide, She saw some suspicious cells and sent the slide to pathology. They have determined a possible presence of ESN cells, which might be from a bug bite of some type. I have been advised there could still be cancer in the lump. He is 13 and never been sick or under anethesia. He is behaving normally and eating fine. If I have it removed and they find cancer, it will be quite a large cut because they take a larger area (2 -3 x bigger) than the bump. I hate to put him through that recovery for cancer, but would like to remove the bump so it doesn't continue to get bigger and irritated from his chewing/itching it. I have been giving him a 1/2 of Benedry each day for the possibility to shrink the bump and not be itchy.
Any input on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
if the lump is bothering the dog then have it removed. it will be much easier to remove it now while it is small, then to wait and have it possibly grow. your vet will most likely want to do bloodwork and stuff beforehand to make sure she is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.
needle aspirates, like what your vet did, are not 100 percent accurate.
I would definitely have it removed if she is messing with it. As long as pre-anesthesia panels are done to rule out any underlying condition, she should be fine. Just make sure that they are using a gas anesthesia instead of IV for quick reversal in case something goes wrong.