Hey everyone. I am new to this forum, and thought this would be the best place to go for answers on my dachshund with potential health issues. I am an emotional wreck right now with a potentially serious health issue with my dachshund. She is 4-years old, and never had any health conditions except for dry skin. A few months ago, I noticed a small lump, about the size of a peanut below her ribcage on the upper section of her belly. During a checkup at the vets a few months ago, the vet had initially said not to worry because the small hard lump was probably just tissue left over from when she was spayed. However, I boarded her last Wednesday, and upon picking her up from boarding on Sunday, I noticed the lump had increased to the size of a grape. I was immediately worried. I visited the vet on Monday, and the vet wasn't sure what exactly it was and suggested a fine needle aspirate to look more closely. The vet examined the biopsy under a microscope and said that she saw some cells that she did not recognize. We are currently awaiting pathology results from the sample, but it is emotionally draining. My dog was spayed early on prior to the age of two. She is just 4-years old, applying some pressure around the grape-size mass does not cause any pain. In looking at common symptoms of cancer, she does not have anything else. The vet said her temperature was slightly elevated, although, being a short-haired black and tan and riding in the car on a 100-degree day could've contributed to that. Her stool is not black and tarry, and she doesn't have any trouble going to the bathroom. She still has quite an appetite, she is not fatigued and still wants to play constantly. There are no signs of swollen lymph nodes, she is not vomiting, no internal bleeding, and no other bumps are present. I am hoping the tumor comes back benign, but I'm extremely worried. If it is cancer, hopefully its localized and in its early stages so that a simple surgical procedure could remove the mass and we will be ok. Any thoughts on this? In the meantime, I am strongly considering making an appointment to have the mass removed regardless of cancer or not. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for allowing me to share my story.