My 6 year old bichon frise, Teddy formed a lump on his ear several months ago. At first, we thought it was something easy to treat, like an infection, but it swelled to about the diameter of the cardboard part of a paper towel roll. We took him to the vet to get it treated, and they said that the lump was hard, and a biopsy is recommended for the lump. I can't stop thinking about what he could be diagnosed with and it's very stressful, especially during finals. Is there anyway to tell what it is? I would love to know.
For a lump, on a Bichon which is a very small dog -that's big. You can't guess what it is. Only the biopsy will tell you that. Get the biopsy done as soon as you can. If it is cancer, it needs to come off as soon as possible. He might need the whole outer part of his ear removed. That will make him look a little odd, but will be worth it, to get rid of this lump, whatever it is.
It may not be cancer. My dog had a (much smaller) lump removed from her lip a few years ago. The vet thought it looked suspicious. I didn't like the look of it. Although tiny, it was hard, and dark, and felt knobbly. It turned out to be an infected hair follicle! And she was fine afterwards.
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