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Small, hard bump on lower back.. :/Sorry for the novel
A bit of an introduction since I am a new member-
I rescued a 6m old Havanese from a resident in PA who took in dogs rescued from a shut down puppy mill. This was in 2008, and after a long time of training and gaining his trust- I have the most wonderful and miraculously rehabilitated dog that anyone could ever ask for. Spencer has no health problems to date (aside from compulsive grooming brought on by separation anxiety that has been looked into by numerous vets and always leading to the same conclusion) but about a month ago I noticed a small, hard bump on his lower back. I applied light pressure to the bump and surrounding area to see if he reacted as if it hurt him or if he noticed whatsoever, and was able to part his fur to actually get a look at it. It is the same color as his skin, does not have any other color to it(not red or yellowish at all) and within the month I have been monitoring it-it has not changed at all.
This was obviously cause for concern regardless because finding anything out of the ordinary is always worrisome. He was due for a teeth cleaning/annual blood work anyway, so I was going to have everything done at once so he doesnt have to go through all of it at different times.
Long story short, a co worker found out yesterday that her 4yr old pomeranian has cancer and this ignited even more worry because I still hadnt set up a vet appt. for him-SO I called last night and set it up for today.
I dropped him off at the vet around 730 this morning and have been a nervous wreck ever since. Getting myself worked up by doing online research of every possible lump,bump,symptom and warning sign; which has obviously just made my worry worse since the only clear answer I can rely on is the one I get from the vet today..
SO as I wait anxiously by the phone and try not to work my anxiety into an un mend-able frenzy; Have any of you experienced this with your pets? Ive seen a lot about cysts, fatty deposits, etc. BUt of course the big, terrifying C word is in the back of my mind forcing me to hold back tears.
AGain, it is a small, flesh colored bump that feels hard, does not seem to bother him whatsoever, has not grown or changed in a month and is located on his back, approx 1-2" above his tail.
Any and all help, information and positive vibes for Spencer and a hopefully clean bill of health are appreciated.
Sorry for the novel!