What are the two fairly large lumps in the upper chest area of our dogs between the front legs? I am assuming they are either lymph nodes or something similar as I have felt them in Tasha when I am petting her and they feel like that to me.
There are lymph nodes in the area you described. I lost my best buddy ever on 11/6/08 to lymphoma, so I am intimately familiar with the lymph nodes. If they are swollen you should see the vet asap. Another area to check is behind the knee in the back legs. These nodes are easy to feel on healthy dogs. I would say that the normal size in an adult dog would be like one of those cap type pencil erasers. Or like the size of a lima or kidney bean. Or smaller. Hard to describe. Anything bigger and I would be waiting at the vets office. There are also lymph nodes in the groin area, but if you have any concern, I would just go see the vet and let them do an exam. Canine Lymphoma is not usually noticed by pet owners until all the nodes are swollen or "blown up". And some owners don't notice it until the Lymph nodes in the sternum are so swollen that their pet is having trouble eating. It is probably nothing, but just be sure....good luck.
While on the subject, Lymphoma is treatable with chemotherapy. I won't bore you with our experience, but I will tell you that it was worth every penny I spent.
Sometimes it is just much easier to refer to charts and links then to try to explain things. I'm more of a hands on person so it is sometimes hard for me to get it all into words without confusing people more. LOL
These are at about the sternum point on either side and both bumps feel about the exact same size which I would say is about the size of a small walnut. I can only feel them when she is laying down as they are hard to find when she is sitting up. She is still a couple of pounds overweight so it may just be fat pockets. Being that both feel exactly the same and are the same size I would assume it was just normal anatomy but I will get her checked anyhow as she is due for heart worm medicine soon anyhow.