I recently discovered a very hard (like bone) lump on the inside of Lyric's rear hock--about 2 inches above her foot. It does not move around and it is not painful. I am not sure if any of you have experience with this --I know I don't.
My daughter and hubby, both vets, will take a look at it over Thanksgiving and I will then schedule an Xray with my vet next week. It has not bothered her in any way, but it is alarming to see this develop (to about the size of a large marble) in just the last two months since I groomed her last. I know I would have noticed it when working on her. She will be 11 next summer and I have been crossing my fingers that she and my other two aging Labradoodles do not develop cancer...ugh...
So, the xray showed a very weird perfectly round bone growth where a rear dew claw would be if a doodle had one. (Some breeds do) The vet was concerned that there might be some poor quality to the leg bones that might indicate a growing cancer but it was pretty unlikely. They did a chest xray too and saw no problems in the rest of the body that would indicate metastasis. The vet then sent the xray to a radiology specialist and I also asked him to email it to my vet daughter---the daughter got back to me first and said, yes, it looks weird but not at all like osteosarcoma and is probably just a benign growth of bone. I got a call yesterday from my vet and he said the radiologist concurred with that conclusion! PHEW! We will not do anything further at this time but will xray again at the end of January to see if it is still growing (it grew quite fast) and is becoming uncomfortable...otherwise, it will just be watched.
Thanks all for you concern and replies. Hoping this continues to be nothing to worry about!