Large hard lump under front leg...
Nicki has been through a lot over the last few years - so has our bank account, but she's worth every penny! She survived bloat, which was caused by a vet visit for knee xray and tooth cleaning which included removal of gum overgrowth. She's had knee surgery. She had one Stage 2 and one Stage 3 MCT removed, and now she has 3 more. She had been on prednisone for the MCTs for 6 months, but we took her off because she was having too many side effects. We can tell she feels so much better off of pred!
She also has a large lump under her front leg - it's on her chest, but right by the armpit. It is the size of a golfball, and it's actually more heartshaped. It is hard, not squishy. The vet said he'd have to aspirate it to see what it is. I'm afraid to aspirate because when she had a similar lump on her neck in the area of a lymph node the lump degranulized and the next thing we knew it was the size of a softball. Since then we haven't felt any lumps in the same area of her neck, so we're puzzled about what it was. The vet thinks it may be a MCT in the lymph node, or a MCT with lymph-nodal involvement.
Has anyone else experienced a similar lump like the one under her arm? Does anyone know what it means when it's hard? I don't think it's a MCT, but I guess it's possible.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Nicki is 11 now and we're really having a hard time deciding how to treat the MCTs and other lumps. We don't want her going through surgery every time we see a lump (I'm going to look into the lump injections Cami got for her MCTs). She's our first child and we want her to be happy for the time she has left with us, but she had a hard time with the pred and I don't know if injections will be easier or not.
Thanks for listening!