Pixie is 6 years old and came in to Animal Care Clinic because her owners were worried about an ear infection. Dr. Evans not only managed the ear infection, but found a mass that was of concern – it was raised and inflamed. Dr. Evans performed a needle aspirate and assessed the mass while Pixie and her owner waited. It was a mast cell tumor – a type of skin cancer that can range from almost benign to very dangerous. Dr. Evans removed the mass and a complete biopsy report showed that it was a low grade (less dangerous) mass and it had been completely removed! No further treatment will be needed aside from monitoring her regularly for new masses. Great news for Pixie! This is why our doctors like to do a needle aspirate on every mass we find – it can save lives!