He has a subcutaneous lipoma low on his side. For those who don't know what they are, they are a fatty growth that is common to older dogs. These are not cancer. Normally they stay small and don't need to be removed...I think just about all my older dogs have had them. The one Max has is low on his side and it grew quickly and large, about the size of a softball. The vet said she can close her fingers almost completely on the inside of the growth which means it's not attached to anything...it's right under the skin which is a real good thing. He has a couple of other small ones that she is not concerned about except for one that is almost into his armpit. It may not grow any bigger but if it does it will impede his leg movement so in order to prevent a 2nd surgery she is removing it.
If you all would keep good thoughts for my boy I would greatly appreciate it. I am calmer about it now that he has had his evaluation and the vet is very encouraging that it will be a simple operation. They will do blood work of course before they do the surgery. Max is 12 and in good overall health but I still worry....of all the dogs I have had in my lifetime some how this short, fluffy, crazy, annoying, loving creature had just gotten such a hold on my heart.