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What is Mammary Gland Tumor?

Female dogs have ten teats. A mammary gland tumor is a growth in the area of any or several of the teats. It could appear as a hard or soft lump in the mammary gland area. At first, it will be covered with skin and hair. If advanced it could burst and look like an abscess . It is important for every owner of a female dog check out mammary area for lumps regularly since this is a frequently occurring cancer in canines. Mammary gland tumors and cancer is a very common issue in female canine. Early prevention commonly results in successful treatment efforts. Global elimination is possible, should non-breeding dogs and cats receive spay before their first head. If you find a growth or lump in the mammary tissue, schedule an veterinarian visit immediately, do not take a "wait and see" what happens stance.

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Symptoms of Mammary Gland Tumor in Dogs

The symptoms of a mammary tumor is a solid mass or multiple swellings. The tumors are easy to detect by palpitating the mammary glands. An early tumor feels like small pieces of pea gravel. If you number a dog’s teats from 1-5, with 1 being the teat closest to the head and 5 being the teat closest to the tail. Mammary tumors occur most frequently occur near teats 4 and 5. The masses can be red, purple or fleshy in color and also can be rather soft, or hard. If you find bleeding or ulceration near the teats, it is an indication of advanced cancer and seeing the veterinarian becomes more urgent. Other signs of advanced cancer are loss of weight, appetite and lethargy.

Types

Mammary gland tumors can be benign or malignant. According to Rave Foster DVM, benign tumors are often small smooth and slow growing. He breaks down the types of benign tumors into these categories:

  • Complex adenomas
  • Fibroadenomas
  • Duct papillomas
  • Simple adenomas

Also, according to Rave Foster, DVM malignant tumors then to have irregular shape, firm attaching to the skin, and rapid growth. He broke down malignant masses into these types:

  • Tubular adenocarcinomas
  • Papillary adenocarcinomas
  • Papillary cystic adenocarcinomas
  • Solid carcinomas
  • Anaplastic carcinomas
  • Steosarcomas
  • Fibrosarcomas
  • Malignant mixed tumors

Causes of Mammary Gland Tumor in Dogs

The causes of mammary cancer are as mysterious as the cause of most cancers in humans. Suspect are environmental concerns such as pesticides and cleaning agents, food with a lot of preservatives and additives. What is certain is that is hormonal involvement in mammary cancer. The incidence of mammary cancer in dogs spayed before their first heat is negligible (0.50%). The fewer heats a dog goes through before spaying, the less the chances this dog will develop mammary gland tumors.

Diagnosis of Mammary Gland Tumor in Dogs

A biopsy is the only definitive way to diagnose mammary cancer in canines. The veterinarian will send a sample to a lab to determine whether the growth is benign or malignant. Other tests can be performed to see if the cancer has spread such as an x-ray or ultrasound. Most veterinarians also may recommend having blood work to check on the dogs general health. This is a typical procedure before any surgery.

Treatment of Mammary Gland Tumor in Dogs

  1. The best and most used treatment for cancer is surgery. Veterinarians remove the tumor along with a large area of surrounding tissue. This is the procedure used for 2-3 tumors
  2. If there are more than 2-3 tumors, a veterinarian may recommend surgery to remove an entire chain of mammary gland (teats 1-5)
  3. Chemotherapy may be recommended if the lab determined as tumor is high grade, aggressive, very invasive and not able to be completely removed by surgery. However according to the Ohio State University Veterinarian Medical Center, there is no proven efficacy of chemotherapy for canine mammary tumors.
  4. Radiation therapy may be recommended for certain types of cancers but it is uncommon

The medical world is developing targeted treatment drugs for women. “Targeted” means that certain cells are very specifically targeted for destruction rather than a whole area of tissue. There is a good deal of research in veterinarian medicine to see whether these human therapies can be applied to dogs.

Recovery of Mammary Gland Tumor in Dogs

After surgery, most dogs will come home with a cone to keep themselves from licking the surgical incision. It is always important for an owner to watch an incision. If swelling of the incision doesn’t go down or redness appears, it is important to return to the veterinarian. These could be an infection or other complication. Your veterinarian will set up a follow up appointment to change bandaging and check the incision. The veterinarian will have the dog fast before surgery and give instructions on when to introduce food and water after surgery. The dog will tell you when she is ready for more activity but it is important to keep her quiet the first 48 hours.

After surgery, it is important for the pet owner to keep checking the mammary glands for reoccurrence of tumors. If the tumors were caught early, it is less likely to re-occur. The worst prognosis is for dogs where the malignant cancer was advanced, involved lymph nodes or aggressive. The best advice for pet owners is to regularly check your pet over from top to bottom, from ears to paws, from teeth to tail, to check for reoccurrence.

Mammary Gland Tumor Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Candy
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
15 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Large lump
cough.

My CKC spaniel is 15 years old with the highest grade of heart condition. She is on heart meds. She has a Mammary Tumour its very large approx the size of a tennis ball. It must be quite aggressive as the speed it is growing is shocking. In 4 weeks it has gone from gold ball to tennis ball size. It has ulcerated a few times. I keep her clean and hair short for cleaning purposes. She has short legs and catches the lump when she goes to toilet in the garden. I have made a belly band to hold up the lump so it doesn't dangle, get cut or infected. I am concerned about surgery...well its the antithetic. With her age and heart condition I worry she will not be strong enough. She sits by the fire, enjoys fuss, eats and drinks so we don't feel she is in pain. What do you think? Is she in pain? Should we attempt surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are known for having mitral valve disease, couple that with an age of 15 years and a large mammary mass and we would be looking towards more palliative care options rather than surgery; if you haven’t already it is important to visit your Veterinarian to examine the mass and to get some pain relief for Candy if that is the case. Without examining Candy, I cannot say whether or not she is in pain but this is something that needs attention immediately if you are planning on any type of management. For the time being, keep any ulcerations clean with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment are appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for the advice. I didn't mention our vets opinion as we have had conflicting advice and I wanted to hear what you thought independently. One vet would like to attempt surgery. The second is more cautious and believes she would not survive surgery and we should treasure the time we have remaining. On first noticing the lump when it was smaller it was infected, she was clearly in pain groining, unable to eat or show any interest in anything. The smell was terrible. We were given strong pain killers and strong antibiotics, plus a morning and evening clean up process with saline. The vet issued just 14 days of heart medication as he was feeling she would not survive this infection. She healed and came off the pain relief started eating and walking around again to all of our surprise. Even chased a cat down the garden. Over the last 2 months it is growing and we are having regular check ups but the vet who does most of the surgery felt she would like to have a go removing the mass to make her more comfortable this gave hope to my Mum. I think we will continue to do what we are doing thank you for your honesty.

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Phoebe
miniature dachshund
11 Years
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Mammary Gland Enlargement

Medication Used

none

Phoebe has recently developed a soft lump on one of her teats (second from the tail rh side). It isn’t painful and she has no other problems associated with that area. I first noticed it a week ago, but I’m not sure how long it’s been there though I don’t think it’s been there long. It’s soft and easily palpable. She has another lump on the outside of her back right leg which I belive appeared first. She has a number of other lumps mainly around her front legs/armpit area, the vet has examined these and says he is confident they are lipomas. She also has a lump on the back left of her neck which hasn’t been seen by the vet.

She was recently in the hospital due to extreme vomiting which after extensive tests and antibiotics the vet said was probably due to an infection.

She was spayed at 2.5 years when she first came to me. She had puppies prior to me adopting her. She is now 11.

I have a follow up appointment with the vet (from when she was sick previously) and now I have found this mammary lump I am worried. Should I bring the appointment forward? It is 10 days away or should I wait? She seems fine otherwise, not lethargic, good appetite and otherwise she seems well.

Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should definitely have Phoebe checked over by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side, ten days is a long time away but if there is no change in size, shape or colour she may be able to wait until then. If you need peace of mind, you should visit your Veterinarian earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Black Lab
8 Years
Mild condition
3 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Looks like she lost 5lbs maybe 10lb

I have a 8yr old Black lab not spayed and she is presenting a lump on her teat( 1 away from her groin area). We had originally gone to the vet to get it looked at about 3months ago. the vet said not to worry about it considering it was so small and also because she was in heat. Just last night my dog rolled over and the lump has gotten bigger. In the beginning it was the size of a penny and now its almost bigger then a golf ball. I have felt it and it feels hard. Could it be breast Cancer?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dogs are prone to breast cancers if they are not spayed - that lump could be a mammary tumor. Your veterinarian can look at it, let you know more what to expect from it, and give you a plan to remove it if it does appear to be a tumor. Some mammary tumors respond to estrogen, so it might be a good idea to spay her if it is a tumor. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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kiki
Poodle mix
6-8
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

small hard round lump

Hello, my dog was diagnosed with a mammary tumor (less than 1 inch) Tuesday and the blood work/ x-ray showed that it has not spread anywhere as of Wednesday. I know the tumor could be fast growing/spreading but I don't understand what fast means. I have an appointment for her removal next Friday (earliest they could give me) and I am terrified that will be too late or something will change. Any thoughts or recommendations? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your concerns regarding Kiki’s mammary tumour and the rate of progression over the next seven days; whilst I cannot guarantee that there won’t be any spread over this period the likelihood of there being problems is low, generally if it was months I would be concerned. The removal of the tumour and biopsy (always get a biopsy done) will indicate the type of tumour and any chemotherapy if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a Peek A Pom, she is 11 and half years old. I found out she has mammary tumor the beginning of this year, the blood work and x-ray showed that it has not spread anywhere.However, I was to scare to lose her. I didn't chose surgery. Now the tumor got bigger, I want to ask it is too late to remove the tumor?
How fast does the cancer spread?Thank you

Thank you! Would you recommend getting her spayed too at the time of removing the tumor?

My dig coco has a big lump in her breast took her he told me not to worry when it was small to a vet and it was very small now it is really big what happens if it ruptures

Our dog was diagnosed with a mammoth gland carcinoma when it was about the size of a bouncy ball it has been four days and it’s is the size of a tennis ball. Is surgical intervention going to help or is the aggrieved behaviour of the Tumour mean she is in a later stage?

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Nilla Pudd'n
dotson mixed
8 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

golfball size growth on 4th teat

I noticed a small dime sized lump on my dogs 4th teat about 3 moths ago. She has NEVER been to a vet nor has had any shots due to lack of funds. In the 3 months, it has rapidly grown to be golf ball size. It doesnt seem to cause her pain. It hanhs down almost touching the floor. It looks like a bag of marbles. I dony know what to do and I am still unable to afford any medical attention for her. She is almost 8 years old and it deistates me that i cant help her. What are your thoughts please?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Nilla Pudd'n may have a benign growth that isn't going to affect her life, or she may have mammary cancer. Unfortunately, without seeing her, I can't comment on what the cause of this growth might be. She should be seen by a veterinarian to be examined, and they will be able to discuss any possible therapy that she may need with you. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have her seen, and most clinics offer CareCredit as a way to handle unexpected expenses. I hope that she is okay.

Sorry to hear that you find it expansive to own a animal that needs vet care. But you have to think about the over head the vets have to pay also.If they own the building then it has property taxes. If it has 1 or 2 vets, they need salaries to live on. How many nurses, secretaries. Heat, hydro. The equipment that needs to be used for surgeries. Then there are medicines. Etc. They don't get for free. It takes a vet 8 yrs. To go to school. Which is not cheap either. Maybe you could do a GoFundMe campaign for your furbaby. But plz don't say that vets don't care and only are in it for the $. Because it takes a lot to run a business.

You know care credit is a credit card which people must pass a credit check for. Vet bills can be so outrageous and that really sucks for those of us that absolutely love animals but aren’t financially stable enough to pay the outrageous bills. I honestly do not understand why it costs hundreds of dollars to take a picture of an animal’s bones or worse case, tumors. Then there is medication, radiation, and or chemo. Some people have the means and others don’t which typically results in vets telling us that are less fortunate that it would be best to put our fur babies down. The pain that causes an animal is undeniably excruciating. Oh and then there are “Animal Poison Control” websites that lure you in and ask all of the questions needed to diagnose people’s furry loved one only to stop right before giving sound advice and ask for $50! If I had $50 to spare why in GOD’s HOLY name would I be up all night searching for answers to simple problems on the internet. Makes me feel like Veterinarians are just in it for the money as is all other doctors. Such a sad, greedy world we live in...

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Lucy
Fox Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

I am fostering a fox terrier mix that has huge mammary gland tumor. Cancer has spread to her lungs and lymph node under the left arm. She's 7 years old. Recently, a red lump on the mammary tumor has bust and on several occasions bled out; lots of blood. Surgery is not an option at this point. I'm not getting any satisfactory answers from the oncologist she sees. She takes Meloxicam, Tramadol and an antiflammatory (for the open sore). My question is, other than the medications she's taking, how do I treat the sore? I'm putting triple antibiotics on it with the bandage as of now. She actually bled out the side of the bandage this morning. There was clotting and a ton of blood. There was also no warning. Will the sore ever heal with a bandage on it? She's not suffering but I just need to know if what I'm already doing is enough. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Im sorry that is happening with Lucy. If you have decided not to have the masses removed, there isn't any therapy that will help to keep them from growing. Without surgery, these masses often grow, ulcerate, and bleed, and usually do become a quality of life issue. It would be best to discuss what the best therapy is with your veterinarian, as they can see Lucy, assess the masses, and determine what best possible options there are.

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lexi
German Shepherd
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

large lump swollen right leg.

hi i have a German shepherd nearly 10 years old female who has a tumor on the mammary gland which is very large and her back right leg has swollen as well, was treated as infection at first two weeks ago went back to the vet and now they think its a tumor which is the size of my forearm in length and she is struggling to sit eating fine and she has high temp they say she needs surgery but they put her asleep to feel it two weeks ago no other test done i am worried about her going under again so soon after the last one they say 1-1500 pounds for the op and after care i am confused and do not know what to do for the best.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If your veterinarian is recommending surgery for Lexi, it seems that that is the best route to take. Anesthesia to have the surgery will not be a problem if she handled the anesthesia two weeks ago. Unfortunately, without seeing her or being able to examine her, I can't comment more on the best course of action, and it would be best to trust your veterinarian, and ask more questions if you need more details on her care.

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Ruby
Cocker Spaniel
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I have just noticed a swelling near one of my dogs mammary glands, its soft, is causing her no pain, there is no discharge, she is a rescue dog and had surgery on cists on her mammary glands and was spayed, blood works came back inconclusive, we have had her 3 months and this swelling was not there at the weekend I have her booked in a the vets tomorrow but wondering what to expect.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swellings may be caused by a variety of reasons, a swelling which is quick to appear over two or three days may be due to fluid or blood; also infections may cause the mammary tissue to enlarge. Your Veterinarian will examine the swelling and if they believe further investigation is needed, they may perform a fine needle aspirate to determine the contents. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I'm curious what the result was. My dog is going to be seen Monday in hopes we can get the surgery from a lower price vet because I don't have the money for the original quote. She has a tumor in a mammory glad and swelling in the ones below.

She's a 10 year old chocolate lab.

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Coco
Chocolate lab
8
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen legs on right side

My dog is having surgery tomorrow for mammary tumor it's on the right side is it normal that her legs on the right side are swollen. She has an appetite still and has been on 2 antibiotics

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling of the leg on the affected side may occur due to the lack of lymphatic drainage; surgery would normally be curative. Discuss this with your Veterinarian prior to surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoe
Beagle mix
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Mammary gland tumor

My dog has had what i believe to be two mammary tumors for a few months now, and the second one has just appeared, but its already quite large. She does have a deal of pain to the touch, but is still very playful and energetic.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing that Zoe has masses or swelling on her mammary glands, I would strongly recommend you visit your Veterinarian as there is no ‘at home’ treatment which I can suggest to help. Your Veterinarian may recommend a biopsy or a mastectomy depending on the results of their physical examination or the biopsy results as well as prescribing some pain relief for Zoe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Aussidoodle
3 Years
Fair condition
3 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

My 3.5 year aussidoodle had puppies 1 week ago. I noticed smal smooth pea sise lump close to her nipple just under the skin and another one even smaller on the other breast. Her breasts feel soft and normal to touch. This tumor did not increased in a week since I found it. What it could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be that these lumps are attributable to infection, inflammation of subcutaneous fat or may be cancerous; without examining Lucy I cannot say what these lumps are, you should keep a close eye on them and visit your Veterinarian if they increase in size or you notice any other disturbing changes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

dear Lucy's owner,

my jack Russel was spayed late in life but never had pups and has the same two tiny lumps. Was your dogs cancer or benign?

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Nixxie
Doberman Pinscher
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pacing
Small amount of blood in teat
Irritable

I have a 5 year old doberman who had a liter a year ago. A few weeks ago she had a false pregnancy and her teats filled with milk. Our vet told us to incorporate parsley flakes into her food to dry up her milk glands. Shortly after this she has developed a rather large mass in her 4th teat that is squishy and moves under her skin. We have called and set up and appointment with our vet, but he's so booked it's in another week. Wondering if we should go to an emergency pet hospital, or is it something that can wait. It was almost over night this appeared, and it has me very concerned for her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any mass should be checked thoroughly by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side, if Nixxie isn’t showing any signs of pain or discomfort you should keep a close eye on her but if you have concerns, there is any pain, discharge or anything else you should visit another Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grace
mixed welsh corgi
11
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

1big lump, 3other small ones

Does every type of mammary tumors have to be removed by surgery, whether it is benign or malignant after examination? and if there are more than 3 mammary tumors, Is it possible to have benign and malignant at the same time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally in dogs, mammary tumours are 50% likely to be benign and 50% likely to be malignant. Regardless of whether a tumour is benign or malignant, best practice is to remove the tumour so that it doesn’t cause pain, grow to a large size, ulcerated, get a secondary infection or any other complication. Theoretically it is possible to have different types of tumours at the same time; however if one tumour is to be removed it would be best to remove all of them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has got yellowish stuff coming out of two tits and she has a knott beside her left leg and tit

Thanks for your answer. it is helpful.

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Riley
Italian Greyhound
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Tired
Not eating much

Medication Used

none

hi like a day or so ago i noticed my dog had a lump under her lower nipple then the next day i noticed the gland next to that one has the same kind of lump but smaller , it’s kind of long and tissue like, and i pressed it and clearish liquid came out, i thought it was milk but she’s never been pregnant and isn’t and she isn’t spayed, she’s about 11 pounds so i’m worried about putting her under anesthetia if she needs surgery if it’s serious, could it be mastis or cancer? please any advice or help would be useful i’ve been so worried researching i love her to death she’s my baby i just want her to be okay, i’m going to take her to the vet but they won’t be open for another 2 days, thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examine Riley I cannot determine the severity of the lumps found, however I would recommend not squeezing or manipulating them as you don’t want to cause unnecessary problems; ensure that you bathe the lump you squeezed with a dilute antiseptic to keep the area clean in the meantime. Relax for now, but visit your Veterinarian on Monday for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kizzy
Jack Russell
10 years 6 months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mammary lumps
Mammary Gland Enlargement

My dog has diabetes and is on insulin,recently we noticed some pea size lumps on a couple of her teats,they've grown a little in size but our vet said they could be removed same time as he neutered her but she had a season 2 months ago and a phantom pregnancy and during this time a large mass of lumps has appeared on the lower part of her teats nearer her tail.i went back to my vets and was told it was definitely mammary cancer and he advised just to make the most of the time I had left with her as her diabetes plus her age it wasn't worth putting her through surgery and making her even more poorly.At the minute she is still her old self-plenty of energy and a good appetite.what do you think?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A decision to put a dog through surgery ultimately lays with your Veterinarian; whilst dogs with diabetes regularly undergo surgery, other factors including age and general health go into a decision to operate. If you are looking for a second opinion, you could visit another Veterinarian in your area but most likely you’ll get the same response. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rain McGlown
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen nipple

I have a 12 year old pure Staffordshire Bull Terrier name Rain who has been with our family since birth. I live in Ohio due to a car accident I was in the hospital for over a year in Michigan. I have only been home several days and noticed hard lumpy sections as part of and in surrounding areas of several of her left side breast. 2 whole nipples and 4 sections the size of 3 to 4 fingers. Plus she has been bleeding. My son thought she was in heat. She sleep a lot and dose not eat as much. Yet when she is out her crate she still runs around happy and playful and don't seem to be in any pain.It is also a knot on her back leg the size of a half of a medium egg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With your description, I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian as soon as possible; mastitis and tumours are both high on the list of causes and both need to be addressed as soon as possible. There is no at home treatment apart from cleaning any bleeding area and preventing dirt and debris from contaminating the area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cami
Dachshund
13 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Large tumor

My dachshund Cami is 13 and was never spayed. She did have a litter of pups via Csection back in 2008. Cami now has a 3 inch tumor in the gland between 2 nipples and Im wondering IF its cancer would a biopsy cause it to spread? Ive already done xrays and the radiologist said that it has NOT spread. She has had this tumor for about 3 months and the Dr recommended surgery but warned about it being high risk due to her age. She has no other symptoms.If the anesthesia is so risky then maybe a biopsy is a bad idea as well. If I choose to do the biopsy we might as well just have it removed. Can you please tell me your opinion of biopsy accuracy & risks?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From my point of view, you may as well have the mass removed and sent for histopathology instead of a small biopsy sample. The procedure for biopsy is safe, simple and accurate although inconclusive results or suggestive results may come back. Given Cami’s age, blood tests before surgery to assess blood counts, liver and kidney function would be wise so that risks may be mitigated. As far as risk, there is always risk with surgery but with appropriate management those risks may be minimised. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much!

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Khierra
American Pit Bull Terrier
9 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

Augumentin
Vetprofen
Tramadol
Enrofloxacin

had two removed, one on the left side one on the right side. They also remived what they though was a tumor but was just a swollen mammary gland (or something) She had surgery last weekend so it's been about a week but on a lower breast (where one of the incision is by) she has swelling, her one breast looks swollen and feels slightly hard.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling may just be from inflammation or from infection (would feel warm to the touch); either way it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination (should be done a week or so after surgery as a postoperative check up). Another cause is swelling from oedema from the lymphatic system but this is less common. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scrappy
Chihuahua
14 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mammary gland tumor

My dogs mammary tumor is very hard and quite lumpy in itself. She is a chihuahua poodle mix, 14yrs old and 4-5 lbs. It is definitely encased, approximately 5 cm wide, and feels like it can be removed easily. My concern is my dogs age and what the risks are for her with anesthesia. Will the Dr even attempt to remove it at her age? It may annoy her when it is touched but have not noticed any pain with it. It was the size of a pea for many years and progressed mostly over the last 2 yrs to this size.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The decision to operate is at the discretion of the surgeon and many factors will determine Scrappy’s suitability; some Veterinarians are more cautious with surgery in dogs over seven and other if the dog has lived past 75% of its expected lifespan, either way blood tests and a comprehensive physical examination will be performed prior to surgery. Anaesthesia is risky, but these risks are mitigated with modern inhalation anaesthetics, blood tests and better perioperative care. Each case is different and it would be down to Surgeon’s discretion; and Scrappy’s overall health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zillzey
Bulldog
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Off her food
Deminished eye sight
Lethargy

I have a 10 year old female Australian Bulldog undesexed. She has a hard flat mass the entire length of her teats, it not sore to touch. I just wanted to know what it could be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Intact female dogs are prone to breast cancer, and it would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian to see what the area might be. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Dolla
pit mix
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Large lump

I have a 9 year old Pit Bull Rottweiler mix. Dolla has a large solid lump on her right lower breast that seems to be growing quickly. Quickly defined as growing from small egg size on one nipple to an oblong large egg expanding to two nipples in 3-4 weeks. She has previously been treated by a vet for an infection that he called "false pregnancy". I took her to a different vet (because I moved) when I initially noticed the lump. He did a biopsy and said it came back inconclusive but recommended surgery to remove it. To perform the surgery, I took Dolla back to the original vet based on her familiarity with him. I took her today and old vet said that he was skeptical to do surgery based on her age so he gave me medication to relieve the infection and said he would watch her. He also said that he took an x ray and did not see cancer. My question is, can cancer be detected this way? As this lump grows, I am concerned about Dolla and possible cancer spreading.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both mastitis and cancer may spread to other glands and both may feel warm to the touch, but they generally look differently on x-ray with cancer looking more defined and dense than mastitis. If you have concerns, ask your original Veterinarian for a copy of the x-ray and send them to PetRays where board certified Radiologists will examine the x-ray and write a report for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://petrays.com/

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Sasha
German Shepherd Dog
8 Years
Fair condition
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One week ago I found a black circular Area around my German Shepherd’s mammary about the size of a quarter. The day I noticed that she had a reddish brownish discharge on her bed and this is when I found a place on her. It appeared there was a small scratch near her teet The area is very sensitive and she didn’t want me touching it, I cleaned it with peroxide on a cotton ball and I checked on it once a day for the last week. I checked it today and it has flaky skin in the area but her skin remains black. I don’t see an area where she was cut but that might be healed by now. What has me worried is that she is already a breast cancer survivor. She lost one memory and I have her spayed at the same time. Luckily I caught the P size lump the day it came up and she is a success story. This is why this has me so worried because it’s located on the memory next to the one that was removed closest to the back near her tummy area. I am trying to decide whether to take her to the vet or do you continue to watch it as it might be a bad bruise. But I don’t think it is.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without checking Sasha I cannot say what the specific cause is, however the colour and size has me concerned; using peroxide can damage capillaries and delay healing in some cases. Given Sasha’s past with mammary tumours it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination to check on a cause and to decide whether the gland needs to be removed or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
Shih Tzu
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mastitis
Fever
cancerous mammory tumors

I have an 11 year old female Shih-tzu/terrier named Ginger. About a year ago she developed what was very obviously a very aggressive fast growing mammary cancer. Just out of the blue she was covered in over 20 to 30 tumors in various sizes. They varied in size from tiny maybe .5cm to approximately 4cm at that time. The tumors were solid feeling, obviously irregular and fixated. They involved all teats and extended from her front legs to hind legs. The extensive surgery and treatment that would have been required even if it had been affordable for us, was not something I wanted to put her through! Especially since it seemed to be so aggressive and I don't believe it could have been curative or added any really additional time. So we opted to let it be. As long as she seemed happy and not suffering. Once it got to a point of causing her pain and suffering then we would decide when to end that suffering. She's in the last several months had mastitis twice. Both times we were able to quickly treat the infection and she went back to seeming happy, healthy, and not to be bothered by her tumors.

Then Friday evening my husband noticed she didn't seem to want to eat her dinner. Saturday morning I got woken up really early to Ginger whining and pacing my bedroom floor. I got up thinking she needed to go outside. But then discovered that her issue was that she wanted on the bed and couldn't jump. I put her up, when doing so yelped when I touched her tummy. To make a long story short one of her larger tumors has ulcerated and she was running a fever. I started applying warm compresses and gave her aspirin for the fever and pain. Being this was a Saturday our vet is not open until Monday. I kept the area clean and wrapped to Keep her from picking at it. Last night the ulceration ruptured. While this allowed it to drain the infection so she's more comfortable and happy. As well as allow her fever to break. It looks much worse. She now has a large hole in her skin where tumor is showing. The hole is at least the size of a quarter. And a large area around it looks black, red, and swollen.

My question is now that one of her tumors has done this. Can this hole actually heal without a big surgical intervention. I don't want to put her through a bunch of suffering to Keep her around for my benefit. Or will this tumor just continue to destroy surrounding tissue. I don't want to give me family false hope. I am thinking we're nearing time to end her suffering. While the husband and kids keep wanting to think there's a chance this is something antibiotics can help...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not uncommon for mammary tumours to rupture or ulcerate, healing can be long and will be at risk of reinfection; constant bathing and treatment will be required to assist with healing but depending on the viability of surrounding tissue there is always the chance that it may not heal properly (we’re not speaking about normal healthy surrounding tissue). Conservative treatment may be attempted, but depending on the overall severity and your Veterinarian’s opinion options may be limited. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shinobi
Rottweiler
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Small bumps

My Rottweiler has started to develop small bumps on and around a few of her teats. She has gas one small bump on her neck for a while but I thought it was nothing until more starterd showing up. Do you think this is cancerous?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any lump or bump should be seen by your Veterinarian especially if there are multiple bumps and Shinobi is intact; without examining her I cannot say whether or not they are cancerous but the number of them is concerning. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and have them checked; your Veterinarian may take a sample for cytology to help with the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frida
Shitzu pekignese
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Papules

I have recently notice a weird lump on my dogs breast that seemed very unusual and I have never noticed it before, I did some research and came to a conclusion that it is Mammary Tumor , my question is that if it's possible to be removed successfully? And the size of it is probably like 1in

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In many cases mammary tumours (if it is a mammary tumour) can be removed easily and would usually be a full mastectomy (to ensure a wide margin) of that gland leaving the other glands in place. If the tumour is benign, the prognosis is good; if it is malignant it is possible it may have spread and the prognosis may vary. Speak with your Veterinarian to arrange an examination to confirm the diagnosis and to schedule surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

This is definitely the best free website online for animal related questions and answers. Outstanding!

How much does it cost to test if its cancer?

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Eva
Labrador Rottweiler
8 1/2 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen soft hanging nipple

My 8 year old lab/Rottweiler has a swollen nipple that is soft and just hangs down. It has grown the size of large grape. The doctor had given antibiotics saying it must be infected. After a week nothing has changed. The nipple is scaby and has some red markings on it and it doesn't seem to bother her if I touch it.She is playful, eating good and totally normal.
Now the doctor says to leave it alone and it will shrink on its own. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling of the nipples is usually caused by either an infection or cancer; normally an infected mass is warm and may ooze a secretion from the duct whilst a tumour would be a swelling which may or may not ulcerate. If antibiotics have been unsuccessful, a wait and see approach may be taken; but a biopsy may be required if it doesn’t show any sign of reducing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/symptom/why-is-my-dog-swollen-nipples

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Princess
Chihuahua
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My 12 year old female chihuahua has had a lump on her lower stomach for a few years now. It recently started growing & now is the size of a dollar coin, with a smaller lump on it now. The main lump is purple & the little one on top of it has no color. No symptoms, just curious to what it could be? She’s too old to get poked at, what would you suggest be the best option?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Princess I cannot say what the lumps are; however if they have recently started to get larger or changed colour then you should visit your Veterinarian regardless to be on the safe side. If Princess is intact or was spayed later in life she would be at a higher risk of a mammary tumour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cleo
Cross terrier
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

snorting

Hi, my dog is nearly 14 & she's had two lumps removed, one was a fatty tissue & the other was a mammary tumour grade 1, they removed it successfully & the margin was clear & also spayed her at the same time... what is the chances it will come back? Or should I be giving her some sort of treatment/medication so it doesn't?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgical removal, spaying and histopathology are the treatment and follow up of choice for mammary tumours; there is a risk of recurrence which varies depending on the source which is referenced. For a simple mass removal of a grade I tumour, sufficient margins should be adequate as a safety precaution; regular monitoring for any new masses or enlarged lymph nodes should be done as a follow up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.acvs.org/small-animal/mammary-tumors
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18199060

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Bella
Bull Arab x
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No noticable symptoms

My 8 year entire bitch has a mass under #1 set of mammary glands! 1 week ago it was round and movable about the size of a marble! Today it an unmovable, irregular shape mass and around 4 cm in length! She has just stopped bleeding in the past 10 days from being in season! Could it be cancer??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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One of the reasons that we do spay dogs earlier in life is to prevent mammary cancer, and that mass could be cancerous. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to assess the mass, take a sample if needed, and determine the nest course of action for her - typically we do try and surgically remove these masses and send them for pathology so that we know what we are dealing with and how best to treat her. I hope that she does well.

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ellie
Mixed
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen red nipple

Hi my female 7 year old lab cross lurcher has just had surgery to remove a pea sized skin coloured mammory mass, we also got her spayed at the same time and the vet removed the lump and nipple. 8 days later another nipple has become swollen and red, she hasnt lost any weight her coat is in good condition and she is still as lively as ever. i am just very worried that something has bread to the rest of her glands. can you advise

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Ellie is having this problem. Mammary cancer is somewhat common in dogs that are spayed later in life, as their hormonal fluctuations can cause this to happen. I'm not sure that the tumor has spread, but this may be a new tumor. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian to be examined, as they can see the area and let you know if it might be an infection, or if it is another gland that needs to be removed. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thanks for getting back to me, i manged to get her booked in later this afternoon with Vet. Hopefully will know more tonight. Many thansk.

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Belle
Beagle
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

nothing

Hello, my dog, Belle, is about 11 years old and is most an outside dog. However she’s been coming inside more often and we just discovered an egged shaped lump in her breast. It is hard and towards the back closets to the tail. She hasn’t been acting different. She’s never been fixed or been pregnant. I can’t tell how long it’s been there or when it first started but the lump is about the size of a small chicken egg

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Intact females are at a greater risk of mammary tumours and you should have Belle checked by your Veterinarian; removal of the mass or the gland would most likely be indicated along with spaying as an add-on to the surgery. There is no therapy I can recommend at home for this mass which you have found. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Cane Corso
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

She licks it.

Hi I have a 5 yr old Cane Corso who was spayed at 2 years of age. Next to one of her nipples is a protruding volcano shape protrusion thats not any larger than her nipple. It was crusty on top and when I removed the crust it will bleed. The area that bleeds has an opening that looks like a tube. I have been using tumeric paste and also epsom salt pads on it. It has shrunk but is still there with the same tube looking opening. Do you have any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nala and palpating the lump and underlying tissue I cannot say what the specific cause is, you should have your Veterinarian take a look as it may be a fistula from an abscess or other cavity within the gland. You should keep the area clean and free of debris by bathing with a dilute antiseptic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi,
We have 16+years dalmation cross Indian breed dog. I have spayed her when she turned six years old, after having her puppies.. A year ago we moved to a new town with our pets and we noticed a small tumor in her mammary gland. We called a vet immediately who works for SPCA. He said, the dog is too old to undergo any surgery so put her to sleep once the tumor enlarges. We didn't understand. We took her to a new vet where they did Cray and blood test. Her haemoglobin level was low. That vet asked me to give her neurobion tonic everyday and visit him for surgery after a week. I couldn't trust this procedure, especially not after him messing up with my tabby cat on spaying! So I showed my dog's report to another lady vet and she asked me not to treat or do any surgery because she is old whereas another vet near my home said, he will inject supplementaryto improve her blood circulation in alternate days and bring a surgeon to our house to perform the surgery. We didn't understand the idea of operation in our house... In the meanwhile, her tumor grew big and began to bleed. I wipe it with antiseptic and antibacterial liquid... She has grown too fragile. Also has catarct. I give her painkillers too... And tonic which has vitamins, iron and protein as her food intake is too less. She drinks a lot of water for the past few months and walks around the home like a drunk person. Since couple of days, she has become too bony. I called the SPCA vet again asking if I must go by his advice of euthanasia but he said she won't survive long. The other doctor asks me to take her to the govt vet hospital so they ll perform a surgery. She is too weak physicalphysically... She makes no noise, but walks a bit, sometimes falls down too and seeks my help to get up. At this stage, is it right to take her to that hospital for surgery? I feel too guilty and sleepless to have for not taking a decision earlier... Please tell me, if its possible to save her at this stage too?

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Missy
Silky Terrier and Shitzu Mix
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

A little vomiting

Medication Used

none

My dog had an enormous mass on her breast two years. We took her to the vet, where they tested it for cancer. The test came back negative, however, later that day it seemed to drain itself out. We believe that the needle used for the test made a little hole in it, where it leaked from. Two years later and the mass it back, except this time it is much harder. Therefore, we don't know if this time it could be cancer? We took her to the vet once again, and he said that all the treatment options are risky. He brought up surgery to remove the mammary gland tumor, but is worried she is too old for the surgery. She also has a heart murmur that he is worried about. We asked if he could drain some of it, but he seemed to be worried that she would be extremely scared and possibly have a heart attack. He also said the tumor is going to rupture very soon and we will need to take her to vet immediately for an antibiotic. But what happens after it ruptures and will she be able to survive through the rupture? Do you think we should take a chance on surgery? She is extremely healthy other than that. Everybody thinks she is a puppy because she is full of energy. However lately, she has been more tired than usual and we did start noticing another lump forming next to the tumor. We don't know what to do, any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that the only real choices for her at this point are to have the tumor removed, or wait until it becomes a quality of life issue for her, and make a decision for her at that point. He age and heart condition are factors, but that mass is not going to go away, unfortunately. Without seeing Missy, I have a hard time commenting on whether you should have the surgery done, but a frank conversation with your veterinarian will help. If you are not sure about that opinion, it never hurts to get a second opinion, just to feel better about the options. I hope that she is okay.

Dr.King: Thank you. Great answer, one that is very helpful to me at this point. I am just about to go through the diagnosis of some mammary lumps in an unspayed female Staffordshire terrior aged 9 1/2 years old.

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Gracie
Pug
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all the time
Large painless lumps

Medication Used

Rymadyl, Gabapentin

I have a 11 year old female pug that was spayed several years ago In. Two weeks about I found a large solid lump in her stomach area and we are waiting for an biopsy in two days , now one showed up in her breast area by her left front leg. Does she have a chance to survive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot give an opinion on the prognosis until the results of the biopsy come back; swelling on the mammary glands may be attributable to tumours or to mastitis, your Veterinarian would be best to speak to about this when you go in two days to get the results of the biopsy. Your Veterinarian may take another biopsy from the new mass for comparison. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moo moo
Pittbull mix bulldog
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breasts n larged and no longer wants to play
Breasts n larged anf not wanting to play

My dog suddenly her breasts became n larged she doesnt want o play anymore. But er appetite still good and she will get lil sperts of energy . it seems like this has happened out of nowhere

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An enlargement of all the mammary glands may be indicative of a false pregnancy, especially if Moo Moo isn’t spayed. Tumours will usually affect one gland. I would recommend taking her into your Veterinarian for an examination to make sure that it isn’t something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
Shih Tzu
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

burst tumor
Kidney failure
Not Eating

I have a 10 year old shih-Tzu/pom. She has had 2 small tumors removed about 5 years ago. Recently she got suddenly sick. She wouldn't even move. The vet said there was something wrong with her kidneys and gave her IV fluid therapy for 2 days, as well as antibiotics and semintra. At the same time one or her mammary tumors started growing quite quickly. I picked her up at the end of today and brought her home. When I picked her up out of the car the tumor burst and bloody fluid came out.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If a mass on Gizmo’s abdomen or mammary gland has ruptured you should immediate return to your Veterinarian for reevaluation and to clean and dress the wound. Did your Veterinarian examine the mass or indicate what it may be? It is important to go back to your Veterinarian but until then keep the area clean and free of debris using a dilute chlorhexidine solution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Chihuahua
19 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 19 year old furbaby has 2 large tumors and 2 small ones in her breast, this morning as we was going to the vet one ruptured. The vet said he was going to remove the 2 large ones. I got a call that there is to much infection and a hernia blocking the way. They are sending her home in the morning. Can you give me a idea of what to expect or do?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The specific nature of the problem will be explained to you by your Veterinarian on discharge from the hospital, once you get Molly home you should follow the instructions given to you and keep the affected area clean and free of debris. Most likely you will get antibiotics to give to Molly and your Veterinarian may plan on seeing her again after a week or two see how she is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diamond
Maltese Shih Tzu
10 Years
Critical condition
4 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My dog is 10yrs old which is almost 18 in dog years. She has a pretty large tumor on her stomach. It recently ruptured and she was taken to the pets hospital which I was told it’s gonna cost me a large amount of money to have everything done. $7,126 to be exact. Me and my family can’t afford it and I hate to see her this way. I just don’t know what to do . I don’t want her to suffer neither but just putting her in someone else’s hand is tearing me to pieces.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The cost of veterinary care is expensive and there are many hidden costs involved with running a practice including building, equipment, staff (Vet Techs, Receptionists, Administration), marketing, insurance and not to mention the cost of seven to eight years of college and Vet School. Anyway, there are charity clinics and nonprofit organisations which may be able to offer financial assistance for some or all of the cost of veterinary care, it is just a case of taking time to look. Check out the links below for more information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cbsnews.com/media/9-ways-to-get-cheap-or-free-vet-care-for-your-pet/ www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/ https://iheartdogs.com/cant-pay-for-your-pets-needed-care-these-12-programs-can-help/ https://lowincomerelief.com/looking-for-free-or-low-cost-veterinary-care/

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Asha
Dog
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog is a 9 yr old beautiful mutt. She is a rescue and was spayed around 3 months. I found a small hard mass on her last teat close to her thigh. I took her straight to my vet and they told me her tumor is some type of sarcoma. The vet recommended immediate surgery possibly removing the whole side of mammary glands and the lymph node. My girl is not in pain, she is her usual self. I cannot fathom the fear and pain she would have to endure if i put her through all that surgery would require.
Ive done plenty of reading, and every statistic I've seen says the best prognosis could be only months or up to 2 years, considering her age, the specific type of tumor, and the extent to which the lymph nodes are involved.
Im hoping you will give me your input as to the accuracy of my information and your recommendation for next steps.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery is the treatment of choice for mammary tumours, if there is a single tumour I would recommend (in general) to remove the affected gland; but depending on lymph node involvement and size of the tumour the whole mammary chain may be removed. Life expectancy after surgery is always a difficult question to answer as this may generally vary from three to twelve months, but when caught early in tumours less than an inch in diameter the life expectancy may be longer. The decision for surgery is yours, but I would follow the advice of your Veterinarian as they can examine her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.acvs.org/small-animal/mammary-tumors http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/prognosis-treatment-canine-mammary-tumors

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cuddles
Lhasa Apso
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

I Have a female Lhasa Apso ,she has a large mammory gland tumor, we were told in June 2017 that it has metasized and near her heart,and she had 6 mos or so. it has been 9 months and she seems to be doing fairly well, but the tumor has grown larger and there are little ones on top of it .and now occasionally it bleeds, not continously. We moved out of state and are looking for a new vet. but I want to know is there some way to make it stop bleeding? does that cause her pain? and sadly should I be thinking about the next step.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like Cuddles is doing well considering her diagnosis, but we know that this cannot last; if tumours are starting to ulcerate or bleed, it is important to keep the area clean with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) to try and control secondary infection. Products like yunnan baiyao can control bleeding, but is case dependent; however worth looking into. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lovely
German Shepherd Dog
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

I have 9 yr old German shepherd. recently she developed lyphedmea near her legs .she has high WBC count , and mammary gland is swollen which is hard.she just got periods too. my vet said its kind of tumor & he did not recommend surgery as she is old. pl suggest any treatment.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An eight or nine year old German Shepherd should still be a good candidate for surgery unless there is another concurrent condition like liver or kidney disease; generally surgery is the treatment of choice in these cases but depending on the result of a biopsy, chemotherapy may be beneficial but you would need to discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Good information. Thanks

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Gracie
Dachshund
6 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Small lump.

Tonight I found a very small lump near my dogs teat. It’s maybe 1/2 inch. She is only 6 and has not been spayed. She is acting completely normal so I don’t think she is in any pain. I’m so scared and I don’t want to lose her. She’s so young! What should I do? We haven’t been to the vet yet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dogs that are not spayed are prone to mammary tumors. Some of these are benign, but some can be malignant. It would be best to have Gracie seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess the lump, determine if it is a tumor, and discuss surgical removal if needed.

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Gigi
Peek a Pom
12 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Mammary tumor

I have a Peek A Pom, she is 11 and half years old. I found out she has mammary tumor the beginning of this year, the blood work and x-ray showed that it has not spread anywhere.However, I was to scare to lose her. I didn't chose surgery. Now the tumor got bigger, I want to ask it is too late to remove the tumor? How fast does the cancer spread?Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the type of tumour (benign or malignant) and other factors; just because an x-ray is clear doesn’t mean that there isn’t any spread to local lymph nodes or started to seed other organs like the lungs. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to determine whether she is a suitable candidate for surgery and another x-ray to see if there are any signs of spread. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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