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What is Surgical Tumor Removal?

The word tumor refers to an abnormal growth of cells that results in a lump forming. However, tumors range widely in significance from harmless growths (described as 'benign') to aggressive life-threatening lumps that seed cancer cells to other parts of the body (described as 'malignant').

For many lumps, it is best to err on the side of caution and treat them early, so as to reduce the risks should they be malignant. Depending on the type of tumor, the options include surgical removal, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment. Of these, surgical removal is by far the most widely performed and common in first opinion practice.  

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Surgical Tumor Removal Procedure in Dogs

For some tumors it's helpful to know what the cancer is, in order to aid planning the operation. To do this the vet may remove a few cells via a needle and send them for analysis. 

For aggressive cancers the vet will 'stage' how far advanced the cancer is. This includes checking the draining lymph nodes for evidence of spread, radiographing the lungs for secondary tumors, and scanning the liver. 

This information allows the vet to decide if it is appropriate to put the patient through surgery and helps when planning how much tissue to remove. 

Typically the patient has blood tests to determine their underlying health and whether supportive intravenous fluids are required during the anesthetic. The dog then receives a premed injection, including pain relief, to prepare them for the anesthetic. 

Anesthesia is induced via a catheter in the dog's leg, and maintained via anesthetic gas supplied through a tube placed in their windpipe. 

The area around the tumor is clipped and made sterile with surgical scrub. For internal tumors, the prep is made on the skin where the incision to gain access is made. 

The scrubbed and gowned surgeon then removes the lump, with wide margins of tissue around the lump. The incision is closed with sutures, and a dressing applied where appropriate. 

Efficacy of Surgical Tumor Removal in Dogs

The success of surgery depends on:

  • The type of tumor
  • How early the tumor was caught
  • Accessibility
  • How much tissue was removed from around the tumor
  • Surgical technique

For small benign masses, surgery will be curative. When possible, the lump should be sent away for analysis. This not only confirms what type of tumor was present, but checks that 'clean margins' were obtained, meaning that enough tissue was removed to reasonably assume the cancer has been eliminated from that area. For large malignant masses, the surgery may not be curative but may 'debulk' the tumor and buy the patient some extra time. For many patients, the outlook is good, especially with prior screening to check for complications ahead of surgery. Incomplete removal of an invasive tumor can mean it recurs.

Surgical Tumor Removal Recovery in Dogs

An average, recovery time from surgery is 10 - 14 days for straightforward cases. During this time the dog must be prevented from licking the operation site by wearing a cone or having the area covered with a dressing. The dog must avoid exertion, which could burst the stitches, and only go on gentle lead walks (as instructed by the vet). 

Internal stitches dissolve of their own accord but those in the skin will be removed at 10 - 14 days. Once the results of the lab report are known, the vet will decide if further action is needed. This may include regularly screening to look for recurrence, or further treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy. 

Cost of Surgical Tumor Removal in Dogs

In many cases, the actual surgery is just part of the cost involved in treatment. Add on costs include screening tests such as ultrasound scans ($75-$280) and x-rays ($60-$280), with the possibility of adjunctive chemotherapy or radiation treatment. The latter takes places at specialist clinics and may cost thousands of dollars. 

For a simple skin tumor removal, the cost can vary from $180 to 375, whilst more complex internal tumors run $1,000- $2,000 and upward. 

Costs vary depending on the surgical time and the complexity of the surgery. Surgeons in first opinion practice are highly competent at removing tumors, but for lumps in difficult to access locations a referral to a specialist may be needed, which can be costly. 

It is never wise to ignore a lump in the hope that it goes away. Not only does this put the pet's long-term health in peril, but the eventual treatment is liable to be more expensive as a result of increased complexity. 

Dog Surgical Tumor Removal Considerations

Surgical tumor removal ranges from the straightforward to the complex. The need for surgery should always carefully assessed so that the benefits outweigh the risks. Major surgery is painful and requires the dog to be in relatively good health in order to heal. If the cancer has already spread or the dog is generally in poor health, then whether to proceed requires careful thought and discussion. Whilst surgery is a vital life-saving tool, sometimes even the best surgeon cannot cure the patient, because of the nature of the cancer. This means the dog may either grow new tumors in a different place, the cancer may spread internally, or the tumor regrow.

Surgical Tumor Removal Prevention in Dogs

Prevention is often not possible because cancers occur due to factors outside the owner's control, such as the genetic makeup of the dog. It is, however, sensible to make sure the dog has a healthy diet and adequate exercise so they are in optimal health. Then, should a tumor develop the dog is best placed to cope with the anesthetic and surgery. 

In addition, the owner can help by being vigilant for lumps and tumors. It is a good idea to check the dog's skin on a weekly basis and get any new lumps checked by the vet. In addition, carefully monitor existing lumps. This includes:

  • Photographing them
  • Measuring the lump and writing the size down
  • Being vigilant for changes in size, shape, or texture
  • Spotting changes such as the lump starting to irritate the dog. 

Lumps that grow rapidly, become attached to the underlying tissue, become red or inflamed, or bother the dog should be checked by the vet. 

Surgical Tumor Removal Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Edgar
Cocker x American Cocker
5
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate
back right leg weakened
flattened poop
difficulty climbing,

Hi Callum, we have a dog who has developed bladder cancer, the most recent tests showed squamous cells and tcc cells, but was inconclusive, he has been going 9 months since diagnosis with very good relative health, until the last four weeks, his rear right leg function has weakened and we can feel a mass on his abdomen. This seems to have developed since our vet took a tissue sample from the bladder wall and performed an ultrasound. We are unsure of how to proceed now, whether to let the condition run its course or do further tests to see if the mass in the abdomen could be worth removing, we are aware that the bladder cancer is terminal and isn't commonly operated on, it is just a question of the mass in the abdomen and if that could be considered for removal to buy some time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Transitional cell carcinoma is the most common form of bladder cancer in dogs; it is malignant and aggressive not only locally but may also metastasise to other organs. Surgical removal of transitional cell carcinoma can be difficult due to the location usually of the mass near to the neck of the bladder and the level of invasiveness of the mass through the full thickness of the bladder. It is always worth having new masses checked by your Veterinarian to determine if they are part of the same condition or different (i.e. lipoma for example) and to keep monitoring the condition. Both radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments are available for dogs with transitional cell carcinoma, but it would be worth speaking with an Oncologist about this as there are varying levels of success and some complications with radiotherapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/transitional-cell-carcinoma-of-the-urinary-tract
www.vet.purdue.edu/pcop/files/docs/CanineUrinaryBladderCancer.pdf
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7983623

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I can’t believe this. A great testimony that i must share to all fibroid patient in the world. i never believed that their could be any complete cure for fibroid with out going for surgery ,i saw people’s testimony on internet on how Dr ODIA prepare herbal root and herbs that shrink there fibroid naturally. i had to try it too i contacted him on: [email protected] yahoo. com. and him told me how to get his herbal medicine, and you can,t believe that in just few weeks i started using it all my pains stop gradually . Right now i want to tell you all that i just give birth to a baby boy last month,and on till now' i have not had any pain, and i just went for text last week and the doctor confirmed that there is no trace of any fibroid in my system. after 8 year of suffering from fibroid am now free, Glory be to God for leading me to this great Dr ODIA I am so happy as i am sharing this testimony. My advice to you all who thinks that their is no herbal cure for fibroid that is Not true ,just contact him and get cure his email [email protected] yahoo. com and you will be free and free forever, Try it and you will not regret it because it truly works. i hope to see your testimony soon.

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Chloe
French Bulldog
4
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None

My frenchie has what appears to be a growth water filled on her ear flap .does not appear to be in pain. Is there a home remedy I can do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Liquid filled masses may consist of blood, sebum or other fluid; if the mass is caused by blood (aural haematoma), it may require surgical treatment. There are many types of treatment depending on the type of mass and the cause; in this case you would need the mass to be examined by your Veterinarian for a correct diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

ALL THANKS TO DR ODIA WITH HIS HERBAL ROOT AND HERBS AM COMPLETELY CURED FROM FIBROID
I can’t believe this. A great testimony that i must share to all fibroid patient in the world. i never believed that their could be any complete cure for fibroid with out going for surgery ,i saw people’s testimony on internet on how Dr ODIA prepare herbal root and herbs that shrink there fibroid naturally. i had to try it too i contacted him on: [email protected] yahoo. com. and him told me how to get his herbal medicine, and you can,t believe that in just few weeks i started using it all my pains stop gradually . Right now i want to tell you all that i just give birth to a baby boy last month,and on till now' i have not had any pain, and i just went for text last week and the doctor confirmed that there is no trace of any fibroid in my system. after 8 year of suffering from fibroid am now free, Glory be to God for leading me to this great Dr ODIA I am so happy as i am sharing this testimony. My advice to you all who thinks that their is no herbal cure for fibroid that is Not true ,just contact him and get cure his email [email protected] yahoo. com and you will be free and free forever, Try it and you will not regret it because it truly works. i hope to see your testimony soon.

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Mitzi
Shih tzu
8
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mass
?
.

My 8 year old Shih Tzu has a large lump on her chest. The vets have taken a needle to it twice in four years. No cancer cells but it is getting bigger and I'm thinking it will be harder to remove it as she gets older. Would laser be a better way to go?It is so much more expensive but I want to do the best thing for my dog and because she is a Shih Tzu I worry about her breathing during surgery. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A lump on the chest can be easy or difficult to remove depending on the level of infiltration. Surgery can be tricky and Mitzi may require assistance breathing if the chest wall is opened to remove the lump. If the cells from the aspirate were sent to a Pathologist, they would be able to identify the type and origin of cells. Surgical excision would be the best course of treatment, eight years old isn’t too old for surgery, but pre-anesthetic blood tests should be taken. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 16 year old shit zu, has a really big lump on his leg almost the size of a tennis ball, what do you think it is? He’s crying and I wanted to know whether to put him down or have it surgically removed.

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Harvey
English Cocker Spaniel
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red raised hard lump bleeding slightly..

My dog a cocker spanial has a histiocytoms on his head above his eye for the last 4 weeks he is 3 years of age.
It is very Red & inflamed at the moment & bleeding slightly due to another dog while out walking having a go at him a few days ago.
I have taken him to the vets & had a second opinion because I was so worried.
I have been told it could go away nevertheless also informed it could be something more sinister! although the vet said it's 80% sure it's a histiocytom, I have chosen to have it removed am I being a responsible owner. I don't want to put him through unnecessary surgery. The cost is going to be around £500 although that's not a problem.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The two possible options are: have it removed and a sample checked by histopathology to see exactly what it was or have a biopsy performed (again histopathology) to confirm the type of lesion and then possibly have surgery to have it removed afterward. Removal is your choice, but it is possible if you don’t operate, it may get damaged again and may cause other problems. Surgery in an otherwise healthy three year old shouldn’t cause any reason for concern. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Traviesa
Toy Poodle
12 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Leg Lameness
limping front leg

My toy poodle mix has a bump in her armpit and is limpin fans causing her discomfort but she had just recovers from surgery a month ago when she had her mammory gland tumor removed. I wanted to know if these could be connected in any way? The limp is right at the end of her last incision from the previous surgery. The lump is about the size of a golf ball and I has only recently been visible to me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A golf ball sized lump is quite a significant size in a poodle. The axillary lymph node may be enlarged which can occur in cases where cancer has spread or an infection. I would take Traviesa back to your Veterinarian immediately. It may also be a haematoma caused by a bleed after surgery leading to a large blood clot; still better to get it checked as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my dog has a big round ball like thing on his right ear it was small but has grown and about as big as a quarter now .what can i do .i dont have money for an operation. it does,nt seem to hurt. alta meeker.

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Baby
Miniature Pinscher
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

My dog has had a large mass under his tounge for a few months and recently it has gotten quite large, a vet appointment hasn't been made. He does not seem be in any pain but recently the size of the mass has cause his eating habits to change a small bit, he seems to like softer food. Would this be able to be removed and what are the possibilities of the mass being malignant or Benign?

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The chance of having at least some of the mass removed is high; the chance of having it removed completely with adequate margins is very low; but removal of the bulk of the mass will at least make eating more comfortable. The two most common oral tumours are malignant, but benign tumours are common too; some may spread and others are just locally invasive; without a biopsy being sent for histopathology we cannot know for sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baxter
Shih Tzu
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 11 year old Shih Tzu is in very good health. He began to cough so I took him to the Vet and he took an x-ray and said my dog has a growth on his lung. He sent me to a specialist who did a needle biopsy of the growth. The specialist doesn't give me a straight answer as to what the growth is, cancer or not. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not so simple about what should be done as we are unaware of the type of mass in the lungs; tumours, abscesses and other masses may cause shadows in the lungs on an x-ray. Without know what it is, treatment options are limited; surgical removal is one option if Baxter is otherwise healthy but is highly traumatic and has a long recovery; it may be worth asking for a second opinion on the biopsy to get a different Pathologist’s opinion. I really cannot give you much advice I’m afraid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Shih Tzu/ Maltese mis
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Egg size tumor

My 12 year old Shih Tzu has been diagnosed with a spindle cell tumor on his hind leg. It is about the size of an egg. I feel terrible in asking this, but I wonder about spending that kind of money on a dog of this age. He does not appear to be bothered by it, but my vet is recommending removal. Any advice?

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Whilst Cooper is past seven years old and passed 75% of his expected lifespan (two parameters used for determining suitability for surgery depending on the literature you read); it would be best to remove the tumour as it may impede walking and can ulcerate etc… Your Veterinarian would perform blood tests before administering anaesthesia to determine the level of liver and kidney function (as well as platelet counts etc…); today with modern inhalant anaesthetics a lot of the problems previously associated with anaesthesia in older pets no longer applies. Ultimately, you need to have this conversation with your Veterinarian to discuss Cooper’s individual case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Jack Russell Terrier
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Does not appear to be in pain

Medication Used

Rimadyl, Docusate Sodium & Clavamox

Molly 17 years old female JacK Russell 8 lbs
Very poor sight, hearing loss, trouble with back legs
Doggy dementia
External tumor size of a ping pong ball off upper lip
Ulcerated, sometimes excessive bleeding if she hits it
We hold it when she eats and it is cleaned daily
Vet said too old for anesthesia due to a heart murmur
Has lost a lot of weight over the past couple of years but still a Hearty eater!!
Castor oil 2-3 times a day was shrinking it but it bled too much with a thinning outer layer. Does not appear to be in pain. We just can't let go of our family member!
Going to try another vet but any suggestions??
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Location of the tumour is bad as it would get caught and damaged easily leading to bleeding and possible secondary infection etc… I cannot really think of any other course to take due to age; I haven’t examined Molly but understand that you’re want to make her more comfortable. I would get another Veterinarian to have a look, but options are limited with age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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frankie
Havanese
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

too much activity after surgery?

Medication Used

Meloxicam
Antibiotics

I had written you previously about a peri-anal mass. When we went to the surgeon a pea sized mass was in the anal gland. The anal glands were removed. He is about 52 hours post op.. We can keep him from licking with a cone and a diaper but it's really hard to keep him from being active. I have taken him for a walk in a stroller, only let him walk a little but he is running in circles in the house-even in a small area. On the bed he is digging etc. How much to we have to restrict his activity? the area looks good. Thanks for any advice! He does not seem to be in any pain. He was yesterday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Activity after surgery does need to be restricted, I understand that this can be very difficult to achieve in an active dog and many owners struggle. Cage rest is usually best if you have a cage; but otherwise showing Frankie lots of attention can help to keep him in one place. Dogs can move after the surgery, but we don’t want to see jumping from and onto furniture, running around the yard etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bodie
German Shepherd
7
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen
Bleeding

I first noticed a mass on Bodie a week ago. I took him to my vet they did an aspiration and said it was most likely just a bug bite. He went on antibiotics and the mass got progressively worse and started bleeding and pussing. I went back to the doctor and they said they still though it was a bug bite becayse typically a cancerous mass doesn't pop up so quickly. I took him to medvet and they tested blood, chest xray and ultra sound all came back normal. They were pretty positive it was a tumor and thought it was cancerous. He's having surgery on Tuesday to remove it. They will then test it to see exactly what it was. Because of the area of the mass front top right leg near chest they said they will not be able to fully get out the tumor and will have to proceed with radiation possibly. Help me, will he be okay? Is there something else I should know?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When tumours are removed, it is best practice to remove a safety margin of at least one centimeter of healthy tissue to make sure that all the tumour has been removed; however, in some cases where the tumour is against some structures like bone or there is little skin to cover the surgical site, the tumour may not be able to be removed safely. If the tumour is in the armpit, there are numerous blood vessels and nerves which if damaged may cause long term damage; if the tumour is against the chest wall, it may be infiltrated into the muscle of the chest which can cause other complications. If there is a doubt about the ability to remove the tumour as a whole along with an adequate safety margin, chemotherapy or radiotherapy would probably be required; also depending on the histopathology report on the type of tumour, chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be a requirement regardless of the success of surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
Yorkie
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

We have a 10 year old Yorkie. Very healthy but gets little masses which is common for the breed at her age. Just had 6 small ones (all the size of a #2 pencil eraser) removed for $900.00. 2 weeks later we find another one on top of her foot over the two small toes that is the size of a macadamia nut. We took her in for biopsy and good news is it is benign. Bad news -- it might be mild-moderately uncomfortable due to location is they want $1000.00 to remove! This seems very expensive! Should we look for another estimate?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst $1,000 may sound expensive for a mass removal, there are a few different factors that contribute to pricing including: your location, a Los Angeles Veterinarian will cost more than a rural Kansas Veterinarian; approach, the decision to remove the mass or amputate some toes too; and other factors. If you have concerns, it would be best to have the mass checked by another Veterinarian to see if the quotes are comparable; but make sure that the quotations are like for like and include all aftercare and medications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
Cocker Spaniel
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

huge lumps on her stomach

My cocker spaniel had these small balls on her stomach. My mother thought it was the milk she has clogged up when she had puppies. When I saw her stomach again (a few months later) it’s become the size of my hand almost. I don’t know if it’s a tumor or signs of cancer or something. Another thing I seen are these small rashes or mole looking things around her body. She has one on her ear and tail. I haven’t taken her to the vet yet only because money would be tight on me and I don’t want to put her down if they give me that option. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should have taken Princess to your Veterinarian before when there were just the three balls, the longer you leave these things the more expensive and invasive treatment will be. Mammary tumours are more common in female dogs which haven’t been spayed, so you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination so that at least a diagnosis can be made and you will know your options and can plan accordingly. There are charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to assist you with the cost of care, see links below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM 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/ www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

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Koa
Alaskan Malamute
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Ear infections
Ear Swelling

Medication Used

Gentizol
Epi-Otic

My 10yr old, 120lb Alaskan Malamule (male) - after nearly 2yrs of non-stop ear infections & treatment - now has several large polyps in his rt ear canal. I truly love this dog, have always been 100% committed to his care & well-being... but, I really need some good advice regarding what to do considering his age & my very limited budget.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no real way of knowing the severity of the polyps without removing them and looking at the histologically. In some cases, the whole car canal may need to be removed; this would be something that your Veterinarian would discuss with you. I understand your budget restrictions, but sometimes there is no other option apart from surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diesel
Dalmatian
11.3 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Golf ball size lump FL near wrist

Medication Used

Cartrophen & carprofen ongoing for HL

I have an 11 yr old Dalmatian who has moderate to severe arthritis in his hips and crepitus in his hind joints. Recently he had a lump appear on his foreleg which has been diagnosed as cancerous. Due to the location, l have Beene devised that a specialist surgeon is required to achieve the requires margins with a skin graft likely necessary. I haven't been quoted any pricing, but l expect it to be significant. I can't afford thousands of dollars, so l'm unsure how to treat. I realise it should be surgically removed, but considering the age of my dog and his current health issues, is it worth it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst Diesel is old (in comparison to other Dalmatians) each case is treated individually; prior to surgery blood tests will be taken to determine liver and kidney function as well as blood counts, a recommendation will be made based on those results regarding Diesel’s suitability for surgery with the arthritis not swaying the decision to operate. Margins are a worry for Veterinarians during surgeries where there is little room for error to ensure closure of a wound; a Specialist would be a good choice to ensure these margins are adequate. Diesel’s overall health needs to be considered and a risk-reward balance needs to be found. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snoopy
Pitbull mix
About 6 years old
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all the time
Weakness
Tired and unable to walk on leg
Can't run

My dog has a pinkish/deep red bumpy lump on his stomach that continues to bleed. It smells horrible and is so big that it pushes his stomach to one side. One half sinks in to his stomach while the other is all lumpy and red. There are also some parts that are white on the big lump. My dog can't run anymore but he can walk with a limp on his back leg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Snoopy hasn’t been checked by your Veterinarian, take him in as soon as possible; antibiotics may be required or surgical removal depending on the underlying cause and the severity. If the mass is too large, there may be a problem having enough skin to close the wound. Visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Can a fatty lump make my shutizu unable to run , he sleeps a lot and now he's been throwing up hardly eating too

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Scooby
Mini fox terrier
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lumps Under Skin
little pain, small bump.

My dog has developed a lump on the left side of his face on his cheek, it doesn't seem to be causing discomfort but it has shown up suddenly and we are unsure as to what it is.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any new lumps or bumps should be checked by your Veterinarian to determine if it should be removed or a wait and see approach should be taken. The size, colour and attachment to underlying tissue will help guide your Veterinarian in determining whether or not it would need removing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frankie
Havanese
12.75
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

licking

My havanese who is very lean- walks a few miles a day, does not over eat etc is going to be 13 on july 3rd. He had a check up a couple of months ago. This week we noticed him licking his behind a lot. I took him right in and there is a mass under his tail-to the right of the anus. He was neutered at 6 months of age. The pathology report on the biopsy was not conclusive but there was a lot of increased mitotic activity , hyperchromatic nuclei etc all signs of something rapidly growing. on reading it sounds like if it is a peri-anal mass that these are more common in dogs who are not neutered. If my dog is in good health but almost 13 can he handle a surgery to remove this? He had a tooth pulled 6 months ago and I had to hold him all night because he was whimpering even with tramadol. I do not want to see him suffer but we love him (obviously). I work for myself in an office that is more like a living room and so I take him to work if there is a risk he will be home alone too long. Any advice is helpful. We have a consult with a surgeon this week but the waiting is very hard. I am a physician so please feel free to speak openly and clinically

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Since my responses are open to be read by the public, I will speak generally to benefit the general audience. Surgery in a geriatric dog carries an increased risk due to liver function, clotting disorders and healing time; havanese dogs are considered to be geriatric for surgery at the age of 11 years old (or seven depending on the literature). Before surgery is discussed, Frankie’s suitability for surgery needs to be determined; a simple blood test will indicate liver enzymes, kidney health as well as blood counts, any alarm bells would be indicated here; couple this with a general physical examination of cardiopulmonary function and your Veterinarian would be able to advise for or against surgery. Masses around the anus can be metastatic and can be locally invasive causing problems with continence; one of the complications from surgery in the area can lead to permanent incontinence. As a Physician you will be more aware than anyone regarding the risk vs reward of surgery and other treatments. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frankie had the surgery as their was a pea sized tumor inside the anal gland. We can keep him from licking with a cone but it's really hard to keep him from being active. I have taken him for a walk in a stroller, only let him walk a little but he is running in circles in the house-even in a small area. On the bed he is digging etc. How much to we have to restrict his activity? the area looks good. Thanks for any advice!

Bless you. This was extremely helpful. Thank you!!!

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Luke
Miniature Daschund
10 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Lump

My dog is 10 years old and I noticed that he has a lump or something near his groin. I took him to the vet and she said that it may just be a bacterial infection. She gave me some pills to give my dog. They helped take away the pain, but it didn't make the lump go away. I suspect that it might be a tumor but I am not sure. My dog has also been throwing up at night a lot. Right now he is laying on his pillow and he is not moving around as much as he usually does. Is there anything that I can do to help him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Luke it is difficult to determine what the cause of the lump is; if the lump hasn’t gone down with treatment it may be good to have a fine needle aspirate to determine the contents or an x-ray to determine the size. You should return to your Veterinarian for a follow up examination so that the next step may be taken. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chico
Shih Tzu
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation and lump on his anus

Medication Used

Probiotic
Metronidazole
Lactulose,

Chico is a 6 years old shih tzu. He has a big lumnear his anus. He is having a hard time to defacate and mostly no poop at all. What should we do? We went to vet and he said that he has amoeba. But I think his lump is the cause of his hardness to defacate. He was diagnosed with anemia before and kidney problem. Can he surpass surgery if needed? Good thing is he is still active and eats a lot. Please help us dic :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many times when there is a lump or mass around the anus it may be due to a perineal hernia or anal gland cancer; amoeba is a singular cell parasite which causes severe diarrhoea with blood and may also affect the brain, liver or kidneys. Chico’s suitability for surgery would be determined by the Surgeon who would perform the surgery after performing a physical examination and blood tests; I cannot say whether Chico would be suitable for surgery without examining him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ozzie
Maltese shitzu
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cannot rest
Cannot reat

My Maltese shitzu called Ozzie is 3 years old had a lump removed from his right side under his ear. Surgery went well last Tuesday's five hours later when we went to pick him up there were complications and a blood clot released and he started bleeding and had emergency surgery. The vet said he might not make it. He did make it thank god. He is constantly walking around all the time won't settle just walking around the house. Is this normal? He won't sleep or eat much.

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Pain and discomfort after surgery is to be expected and you cannot explain to Ozzie why he is feeling this discomfort. Eating may be uncomfortable if the surgical site is near the jaw; it is just a case of waiting it out, I would keep an eye on him for another few days and speak with your Veterinarian when you take him in for his postoperative checkup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jasmine
Pointer mix
10 Years
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

None-dog has recovered completely from surgery

Medication Used

none

My dog had surgery 3 weeks ago to remove a mass detected in her intestine. She had not been eating for 24 hours and was walking more slowly. The first vet said "she ate something weird" thankfully, my regular vet did x-rays and ultrasound and referred me to surgeon-within 48 hours. The mass was removed and the surgeon stated that it did not present as cancer. There was nothing seen in her lymph nodes, blood, other organs to make him think it was. The pathology came back as "probable angeocentic large cell lymphoma".

I'm confused as to the use of the word "probable" and also the fact that the surgeon did not see any signs. Neither doctor can now tell me what to do. They recommend chemo for dogs presenting with cancer, but my dog, aside from the removed mass, is not presenting. They cannot recommend chemo to treat something that has not yet reoccurred?

I'm at a complete loss as to how to proceed. I will do whatever it takes (money is not a concern) to treat Jasmine-but no one seems to be able to tell me the best course of action. I have read that with this type of lymphoma, average life is only 3-4 months.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is true that the histopathology diagnosis is not favourable and raises questions when you compare the findings of the surgeon when the mass was removed against the pathology report. Probable, as I am sure you are aware, indicates that it is most likely but not sure enough to put a concrete diagnosis down; this can be frustrating since it raises the question of do you treat or not. In this case, I would seek a second opinion on the histopathology by requesting the images of the histology slides from Jasmine’s mass and forwarding them (without the pathology report) to a telemedicine service like PetRays who will make an independent report based on their findings and see what they bring back. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://petrays.com/services/oncology/

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Diggy
Blue Heeler
8 years 8 months
Mild condition
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My almost 9 year old Blue Heeler has a red bump on the left side of his snout (about half inch above his lip and half inch back from his nose, in his whiskers) that seemed to appear overnight about 2.5 months ago. At 2 months the vet wasn't too worried about it, thought it could be a histiocytoma, and wanted us to watch and wait, but now it's gotten a little bigger and bleeds when disturbed (he had a stick in his mouth that ulcerated it). We have now scheduled surgery to have it removed because of the size change and bleeding and we don't want to wait too long, but the vet did not aspirate it or do a biopsy at the initial visit (Diggy does not like being in the vet's office) so we don't know what it is, benign, malignant. Is this the right move to just have it removed at this point? I worry anytime surgery is involved. He's in pretty good shape otherwise and his behavior has not changed at all since this appeared.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst the lump is in a good place which is easily accessible, surgical removal would be recommended regardless of whether it is benign or malignant since it is growing and seems to bleed or ulcerate easily due to its location. When I read your question, I was thinking histiocytoma due to the speed that it appeared; your Veterinarian would have told you to keep an eye on it if it was relatively small because they can disappear spontaneously (then reappear again later). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chloe
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
15 year's
Moderate condition
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My dog (Chloe) is 15 yrs she has a large growth under her right arm which is pushing her elbow outwards this morning she could not put much weight on it and the area seemed to be tender when I touched it. I am going to take her to the vet tomorrow the last time I was there we talked about a few other smaller bumps and she commented that we didn't want to put her under. Would you think that due to the size (baseball) it would make sense to try and have surgery to remove it. As this breeds life expectancy is 15yrs and she is now 15 as of last month thank you I just don't want her to be in pain. Sherri

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs may get masses and lumps as they age, many are benign and do not cause any issue; but if a mass it causing difficulty with movement to the point where it is pushing out the elbow, surgery may be indicated. Surgery in an elderly dog has to be planned and precautions need to be taken; preanaesthetic blood tests to check liver and kidney function as well as a full examination and auscultation of the heart and lungs would need to be performed. The decision to operate will be down to your Veterinarian, I cannot say as I haven’t examined Chloe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiberius
Pitbull-Basset
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

Benadry
benadryl

My dog recently had surgery (amputation of digit) to remove a small mass on his back paw, and we had to leave him at the vet, it has been about two weeks and the stitches are still in, but the vet wants us to bring him home. He has to jump up steps to get into home and we have trees/roots in backyard. He also has a tendency to lick his feet which is worrying too. I just don't want him to bust stitches/get infection. He can be very hyper. Thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can take him home, but I would advise strict rest and not letting him outside; placing a cone on him will prevent him from licking or biting at the sutures. If you have a cage for him that would be best to keep him in one place, I know it can be heartbreaking not letting him get around; if you wanted to leave him with your Veterinarian longer, this is something to discuss with them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mattie
Spinone Italiano
8
Serious condition
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Hi. My 8 year old 90 lb spinone dog was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma after a massive bleed of the spleen. He had a splenectomy on Aug 22. I took him home and he is recovering well. I have put him on Im Yunity, yunnan baiyao/ApoCaps/artemisinin cycling, fish oil, CoQ10, multi, cosamin (although moving to krill oil) and a changed homemade diet. (a small amount of oatmeal or quinoa, but mostly cooked ground turkey or beef w pureed green veggies and a half can of merrick no grain (thinking of dropping the merrick)) Right now he's feeling great and putting some weight back on.

I have felt what I think is a new tumor from the seeding due to the bleed. I am thinking of adding RSO to attempt to shrink the tumor (if I can get it), but I was wondering about the value of a second surgery if there is no evidence of further colonization. I don't want to stress my boy if it is unlikely to help. Since surgery before a new bleed could keep it from metastasizing, I'm wondering if you know of anyone doing a second surgery if there is no evidence of further metastasizing on the first bleed? Also, this is off the ranch, but what is your opinion about CBD w THC for shrinking tumors? There is evidence that it has shrunk brain tumors. It would be a difficult thing to get for me, but I am in a legal state.

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Second surgery would need to be evaluated on a case by case basis as the location of any secondary mass as well as other factors would determine whether a second surgery is of value or not. As for the use of different oils, I am on the fence about their use but have shown some promise in different cases especially with management of inflammation etc… but as a replacement for surgery or chemotherapy, further studies are required. I would recommend having your Veterinarian check Mattie over and the new mass to determine a plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Mixed
12 Years
Mild condition
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My dog is a 12 year old female mixed breed (lab, catahoula, boxer, pit, shep?)about 73 pounds not overweight. Has lumps Dr not concerned about except for a relatively new 2 cm mast cell tumor on mid back leg. Cost is $1600 for wide excision(already spent $700 just on labs and biopsies😣) I am conflicted because she is older: why put her through anesthesia which she takes a long while to recover from and the pain of a 4 inch incision? How much time will this really add to her life? I dont expect 3 more years anyways. Maybe I should just give benadryl for a while? At 10, she had the expensive knee surgery but if other side went I would opt for brace because of her age.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mast cell tumours can be very unpredictable and may be damaged easily leading to other problems; whilst 12 is old, it is still relatively young with appropriate perioperative management. I would generally recommend this surgery based on the information provided, but ultimately the decision is yours; there are other management options which may include radiation, chemotherapy and other medical therapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/treatment-options-canine-cutaneous-mast-cell-tumors www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/sites/cliniciansbrief.com/files/Canine-Mast-Cell-Tumors.pdf

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Sadie
Shih-Tzu
14
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Sadie, 14 yr old Shih Tzu, with congestive heart disease and Cushing, has been diagnosed with an intestinal cell mast; her heart is enlarged to a point where it is now pressing against her esophagus; how risky is the surgery to remove and resect her intestine with her age and condition

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Surgery gets more risky as a dog ages, couple that with other health issues it becomes more risky; I will not sugar coat the situation but if your Veterinarian is comfortable with Sadie’s current health to perform the surgery then I would go ahead with the surgery. Surgery now is more safe with modern anaesthetics and adequate perioperative management; I would discuss things with your Veterinarian and talk about remedial measures taken etc… to ease your mind before surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pingo
Chihuahua
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

kidney stonrs
Urinating blood
Urine Spotting
Straining To Urinate
Kidney stones
UTI

Medication Used

none

My 8 yro. Chihuahua Jack Russell was having difficulty urinating yesterday
I called the vet and he was seeing, blood work was sent, a straight cath was done with some resistance and lots of blood and sediment in the urine. The X-ray showed a small mass in the bladder vet didn't know if it was overlapping intestines or and actual mass. Bladder was not distended or enlarged. The X-ray also showed a mass next to his liver and one enlarge kidney. UA, CBC and Metabolic panel was sent he is scheduled for a ultrasound this Sunday. I being reading a lot about Hepatocellular Carcinoma. And urinary bladder cancer. Is it possible that he has all these and metastasis.

He is a happy energetic little dog, his appetite is good. He runs around and plays like nothing Is wrong. Today when I got home from work this morning I took him out and he pee with not his usual potent stream just then his second pee was pink tint and the last couple were frank blood. I don't know what to do. Should I take him back to the vet?. Should he be on antibiotics?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The pink tinge to the urine and the blood would most likely be attributable to the catheterisation which was performed yesterday, antibiotics may be worthwhile since this may the procedure may introduce bacteria into the urinary tract even with the most sterile procedure. Without looking at the masses with an ultrasound and possibly grabbing an ultrasound guided aspirate, we cannot say for sure what the cause of the masses found on the x-ray are and would recommend that you stay patient for the ultrasound so you do not stress yourself beforehand. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hailey
Border Jack
11
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Obvious Pain
Vomiting
Anemia

This is after the fact. Hailey was euthanized under anesthesia after exploratory abdominal surgery. The doctor said that her tumor had attached to several organs and had also perforated her intestine and as such was impossible to remove. I need to know: 1) if another doctor might have been more aggressive and able to remove the tumor (and possibly excise an organ or more than one organ or parts of organs); 2) if this is a specific helpless scenario that presents on occasion; and 3) if surgery had been two weeks earlier (when symptoms began), could the tumor have been removed whereas two weeks later it could not?

There were no symptoms whatsoever until only a little over two weeks before surgery when she stopped eating her regular food and began to become lethargic. I took her in then and her was red blood cell count was 20%, but that went up to 30% a week later as we wondered what might be causing this. There was no diarrhea, and she did eat cooked meat during the first week, but declined rapidly during the second week at which time I became alarmed and went for ultrasound, which located the mass so we went straight to the inpatient hospital from the vet.

Also, at the first vet appointment two weeks earlier, after anemia was shown, an extensive blood panel was done that still only showed low red blood cell count. But an x-ray showed something round inside of her that I was told could be gas, collected blood from an ulcer, something else, or cancer. Could surgery then (two weeks earlier) been successful whereas two weeks later it was unsuccessful.

Please be brutally honest here, and don't try to make me feel better. I thought I had done my best to save her, but now regret not going for exploratory surgery two weeks earlier.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is normal for you to question whether you did the right thing or not, but in reality if the exploratory surgery was done two weeks earlier it 99% would have ended in the same outcome. Many times tumours grow slowly and we don’t notice any changes in our pets (if any) until something like appetite is affected. I do not believe the two weeks would have made a difference and a Veterinarian can be as aggressive as they want when removing a tumour but margins, adhesions, blood vessel (especially blood vessels) and other problems can make any meaningful excision pointless. Without knowing the specifics, I can only speak generally but from your description and the multi organ involvement, euthanasia was the right outcome; also if surgery went ahead, the length of time required for the removal of all of the tumour and the spread would most likely cause other issues with anaesthesia among other problems as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Please help me understand how and why a surgeon could determine that "the mass was non-resectable encompassing the mesenteric blood supply." There were "large adhesions to ventral body wall and both lateral walls encompassing the the entire abdomen . . . suggestive of sclerosis peritonitis." Also "multiple adhesions throughout the large and small intestines adhered to the stomach, kidneys, liver, and bladder" and "gross evidence of intestinal perforation in two locations of the jejunum." These adhesions were resected until "the mass was non-resectable encompassing the mesenteric blood supply." The mass also contained fluid and gas, and cancer was not confirmed. Sclerosing peritonitis was suggested in the post-surgical report. It had adhered literally all over the place, all over the abdominal area, which would suggest an aggressive cancer - yet if it was sclerosing peritonitis, it may have developed over a long period of time and then forcefully perforated the jejunum from without rather from within if it were a cancer. I specifically need to know how and why adhesions "encompassing the mesenteric blood supply" made total resection of the mass not doable. Thank you. I eagerly await your reply.

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Lucy
Boxer
11
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

an abdominal tumor, the size of a cantalope was just found in my 11 year old boxer. only symptom was weight loss during least year. xrays show it is up against the spleen.
I was told 50-50 chance cancerous and/or could be attached to intestines or colon so removal might include repair to those. she has a lot of arthritis, has been on hormones for bladder leakage for years and vision is deteriorating. otherwise in good spirits, eats wet food and any treats offered. I am so torn on putting her thru surgery.
your thoughts?

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Deciding on whether to go through with surgery can be difficult, an ultrasound may be able to tell you more but ideally an exploratory laparotomy would give the most information on the severity of adhesions and organ involvement. Large tumours can be locally invasive and may be impossible to fully remove; the whole process may be ultimately unrewarding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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barley
Golden Retreiver
9
Mild condition
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We have a 9 yo female golden retriever that was just diagnosed with a rectal adenoma. We had the needle biopsy performed and now the vet is recommending to have it surgically removed.

What are your thoughts, suggestions?

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Surgical excision is the treatment of choice since these types of tumours can grow in size and make defecation difficult; they can also be locally invasive too causing other issues. I would recommend going forward with the surgery, however you should remember that there is a chance that Barley may lose faecal continence after the surgery so it is important to discuss this with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Briggs
Labrador
12 Years
Serious condition
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My 12 y/o black lab has a large (golf ball size) tumor between his 2nd and 3rd toes on his rear paw. My vet indicated it was 60% chance of cancer and recommended surgery that would include the removal of 2 toes and would include an extensive recovery period (3-4 months) which would be very difficult as he is an outside, country dog. It doesn't seem to bother him so I chose not to do surgery due to his age and expected complications with surgery as two toes would need to be removed. But now, it's a bit larger and scrapes the ground when he runs so I would like to know if there are any alternatives, possibly removing the bulk of the tumor but not entirety to include the toes? I just don't want to put him through the trouble of the surgery with a long recovery for something that is likely cancerous and doesn't seem to bother him as it is but I'm concerned that he could catch it and rip it off resulting in severe blood loss.

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To be honest, there are little differences between the surgery proposed by your Veterinarian and the debulking option you’ve asked about; both require incisions, both will have sutures which may come undone, both have a surgical site which may become infected among other similarities, plus with debulking there is the very high risk of recurrence. Personally, if you are looking at debulking, you may as well go the whole nine yards and have the amputation done; you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Katerina
Chihuahua
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

My 12 year old Chihuahua has a tumor/growth about the size of a golf ball in the front of her throat. It does not seem to bother her. It started about a year ago. It's just that it continues to grow that it worries me. The vet did not seem to be concerned either. Is this something I should get checked by another vet?

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Katerina. It might be worth getting a second opinion, or letting your veterinarian know that you are concerned. Lumps, even if they are benign, are often better being removed when they are small, rather than waiting until they are larger, as they are easier to remove when they are small, with less recovery time involved. One way to tell what type of mass it might be is to take a fine needle aspirate to see what kind of cells are there, to find out if it is a worrisome mass or not. Often, regardless of whether the mass is worrisome or benign, we take them off if they are growing, so that they don't cause problems when they get larger. You can ask your veterinarian, or a 2nd opinion veterinarian, whether the risk involved with removing the mass is greater to her then having it removed, as I don't know exactly where the mass is or what her other health status is. I hope that she get this resolved soon.

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Bentley
Australian Shepherd
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on right le

My dog has had a growth on his right leg, and due to unfortunate events occurring to myself I haven't had the expenses to pay for surgery until now. So my question is, are there any dangers in removing a growth that's forming outside of the skin such as veins or such? What would this be called? Do I need expert help, or is an adequate vet able to do such surgery? I'm worried about possible outcomes. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mast cell tumours are the most common type of cutaneous tumour in dogs; complete surgical excision is usually curative, but without examining Bentley I cannot say for 100%. Blood vessels are a concern for any surgery but with electrocautery and ligation of large vessels, this generally isn’t a problem; the main problem will be, once the tumour is removed: 1) was a sufficient margin of healthy tissue removed and 2) is there enough loose skin to close the wound. Your regular Veterinarian should be able to handle most cases like this, but a Specialist may be required depending on the actual type of tumour present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/canine-mast-cell-tumors

HI,
I am trying to leave a question and it will not let me "submit". My question is below, and please forgive that it is within a comment!

I have a 10 year old rat terrier (Roho) who had a MCT removed in December 2016 on her stomach. in Jan of 2017 another MCT appeared right under her left front leg. It has progressed quite fast, faster than the first one. I have been giving Roho Benadryl, Apocaps and NuVet vitamins for the past couple of months, but they don't seem to be working.
She is starting to itch at the MCT and lick it. My question is with 2 kids, we don't have the money to pay for another surgery with the possibly of another MCT showing up after a 2nd surgery.
What can we give her that is over the counter to try to sustain the itch and keep her away from licking at it? She is a healthy dog and loves to go for walks, but there has been a few days (like this morning) where she has thrown up an felt blah (wont get off the couch), could this be a symptom of the MCT?

My Coco had a tumor removed from her right leg, the Veterinarian did not mention that there maybe lack of skin to close the surgery area. Coco is now loosing circulation in her paw and the sutures have been removed and she needs to have her paw massaged 15-20 minutes every hour. The Veterinarian is know saying that there maybe extra charges for new sutures and additional therapy. Should these costs be included as part of the surgery fees? How long should I expect the recovery to last?

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Jasper
Shitzu
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

tumor

Medication Used

Benedryl

Two months ago we remove a large mast cell tumor from our schitzu neck. The surgeon did not get the appropriate margins because at the time he was not sure if the tumor was cancer and the location and size of tumor made taking extra margins difficult. Now two months later another tumor has developed very quickly on the other side of our dogs neck. The vet took a needle biopsy and prescribed benedryl. After the biopsy the tumor doubled in size and became very red and bruised. Now we wait for results, hoping the tumor does not blead, and pretty much knowing that it is another mast cell tumor. My questions are:
1. if we operate again and get the proper margins what are the chances that another mast cell develops?
2. Would we have to get the proper margins from the other side of the neck where the first tumor was removed if we elect to do surgery?
3. Could this tumor on the opposite side be part of the original mast cell?
4. Are there other options besides surgery and euthanasia?
Our dog is still full of love and energy which makes this decision all the more difficult.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Mast cell tumors can be difficult to deal with. Some of your questions depend on the grade of mast cell that was removed - if it was sent off for pathology, your veterinarian will know that answer. Typically, they do sometimes reoccur, yes. You would want to get proper margins on this tumor, but you don't necessarily need to re-do the surgery on the other side unless another tumor appears there. This tumor is probably a new one. Surgery is the best option to remove the tumor. I know it can be difficult, hopefully this second surgery is curative and he doesn't have any further problems - talk to your veterinarian about the grade of the mast cell tumor, as Grade 1 tumors are much lower risk. I hope that everything goes well for him.

Thank you Doctor King for the very quick response! The original tumor grade was intermediate grade on a three part scale. We have been so very lucky to have Jasper for the last 8 years since he is also an IMHA dog. The last surgery resulted in excessive bruising, swelling, pain. To have gained only two months more does not seem to be worth the suffering.

I will make sure i let you know how Jasper fares in all this. Thanks again for you quick reply!

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Mickey
Labrador Retriever
10 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

I have a 10 year old female Lab , was just diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s a big masss , one is inside her body the other is hanging outside her body ,, her vet Referred me to an Specialist , the tumor is causing swelling in her back legs !! I’m undecided on what to do !! Her nose is bleeding now ! Should i remove it risk it coming back , or just wait it out and keep her comfortable? She eating an coing to the bathroom

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The leg will be swelling up due to the lack of lymph drainage caused by the lymphatic system being obstructed reducing or cutting off the return flow. Without performing an examination I cannot say for certain but it is usually best to remove the masses with wide margins and to send them for histopathology. If the nose is bleeding, you should have a prothrombin test done to see if the blood is clotting or not as well as blood counts. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Sheltie
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

lumps, poor hearing, hoarse bark

Our 10 year old Sheltie has been diagnosed with cancer after the vet did a needle sampling and sent to path lab.
He has two lumps under the skin that are together - one is egg sized and the other the size of a ping pong ball.
Both are located just to the rear of his front leg by his rib cage area. We are trying to make a decision on surgery.
The dog also has developed the following symptoms over the past few months - bark is hoarse (much like a dog that has been surgically de-barked), he gags (like he is going to throw-up) a few times a day making a moaning sound each time, about three months ago he started to tilt his head to one side, he brushes off his face with his paws a few times each day, he has some difficulty hearing lately, and finally, at times he stumbles a bit. So, with all theses other issues does it make any sense to put him through surgery ?.... our vet does not know the reasons for these other symptoms but we worry that these may be signs that the cancer has metastasized or that he has extensive other problems. We are prepared to put him to sleep if things get worse. Just don't want to put him thru surgery if it
doesn't look like it would do anything to extend his life (we do not intend to put him thru chemo or radiation if that were to become necessary).

What would you do if this were your dog?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that you are going through this with Smokey. Without knowing what type of cancer that he was diagnosed with, I can't comment on whether the surgery will be curative or not. That would be a great question for your veterinarian, since they knwo more about Smokey's case and situation. If the surgery would remove the tumors, it may be worth having that done so that they don't become too large for removal. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Trixie
Jack Russell Terrier
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

We have a 13 year old jack russell that was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor last year. It was surgically removed with good margins. She also had two of her parathyroids removed in a separate surgery last year, no cancer was detected. Since her cancer diagnosis, she has been on a ketogenic diet and seems to be responding to that very well. Now she has three areas of concern, throat, armpit area and flank. If these spots tested positive for cancer, I do not think she is a good candidate for three more surgeries though. Her vet would also like to scan her lungs to see if the cancer has metastasized into organs. Are there non-surgical options that would help her maintain quality of life without being in pain? Thank you in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Mast cell tumors generally need to be removed to be resolved. You might want to ask your veterinarian for their opinion on whether she is a good candidate for surgery, in addition to your own opinion. If she is in good condition otherwise, she may do fine with the surgery, depending on how large the tumors are and where they are located. Chest x-rays are a good idea, given her history. I hope that she does well.

ALL THANKS TO DR ODIA WITH HIS HERBAL ROOT AND HERBS AM COMPLETELY CURED FROM FIBROID
I can’t believe this. A great testimony that i must share to all fibroid patient in the world. i never believed that their could be any complete cure for fibroid with out going for surgery ,i saw people’s testimony on internet on how Dr ODIA prepare herbal root and herbs that shrink there fibroid naturally. i had to try it too i contacted him on: [email protected] yahoo. com. and him told me how to get his herbal medicine, and you can,t believe that in just few weeks i started using it all my pains stop gradually . Right now i want to tell you all that i just give birth to a baby boy last month,and on till now' i have not had any pain, and i just went for text last week and the doctor confirmed that there is no trace of any fibroid in my system. after 8 year of suffering from fibroid am now free, Glory be to God for leading me to this great Dr ODIA I am so happy as i am sharing this testimony. My advice to you all who thinks that their is no herbal cure for fibroid that is Not true ,just contact him and get cure his email [email protected] yahoo. com and you will be free and free forever, Try it and you will not regret it because it truly works. i hope to see your testimony soon.

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Creed
Labrador Retriever
14 year 9 months
Fair condition
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I have an almost 15 year old Labrador with a fast growing tumor on his torso. It was removed 3 months ago, but within 2 weeks started growing back. It's a low grade soft tissue sarcoma. Obviously it was not completely taken out. It is now bigger than a soft ball and keeps growing. It doesn't seem to be bothering my dog yet. He is in good health otherwise.....as far as a 15 year old dog goes. Should I have this tumor removed again? We've tried medication to slow the growth, but that didn't work. Vet has recommended we do nothing :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Creed’s age and the location of the tumour, a do nothing approach is possibly in his best interest as repeated anaesthesia at his age and the difficulty in removing tumours with an adequate margin of healthy tissue can be challenging along with difficulty of having enough skin the close the wound afterwards may make surgery an unviable option. Obviously I cannot examine Creed, but if you have any concerns discuss them with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

ALL THANKS TO DR ODIA WITH HIS HERBAL ROOT AND HERBS AM COMPLETELY CURED FROM FIBROID
I can’t believe this. A great testimony that i must share to all fibroid patient in the world. i never believed that their could be any complete cure for fibroid with out going for surgery ,i saw people’s testimony on internet on how Dr ODIA prepare herbal root and herbs that shrink there fibroid naturally. i had to try it too i contacted him on: [email protected] yahoo. com. and him told me how to get his herbal medicine, and you can,t believe that in just few weeks i started using it all my pains stop gradually . Right now i want to tell you all that i just give birth to a baby boy last month,and on till now' i have not had any pain, and i just went for text last week and the doctor confirmed that there is no trace of any fibroid in my system. after 8 year of suffering from fibroid am now free, Glory be to God for leading me to this great Dr ODIA I am so happy as i am sharing this testimony. My advice to you all who thinks that their is no herbal cure for fibroid that is Not true ,just contact him and get cure his email [email protected] yahoo. com and you will be free and free forever, Try it and you will not regret it because it truly works. i hope to see your testimony soon.

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Roo
Mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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I have a 3 year old beagle\ pit that had a small low grade mass tumor removed from her chest cavity. Unfortunately the doctor only took the lump with no margin and skin now the pathologist confirmed the cancer and my vet wants to go back in Friday to take a large margin. Needless to say I’m infuriated it was not done to begin with. I worry the original invasion doubled the speed of spreading. What would you do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always good practice (standard practice) to take a good margin of health tissue when removing any suspected cancerous mass, sometimes a margin cannot be taken due to a lack of skin or the presence of bone but in this instance a wide margin should have been taken. You should speak with your Veterinarian to ask why a margin wasn’t taken during the initial surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I feel my vet made a critical/fatal mistake. Is it more detrimental for them to go in again and attempt to now, remove the margin or is it best to leave her be?

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Wyatt
German Shepherd
7 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Lythomia hodskins maybe swollen lyrhnodes

My dog has lythomia like right under jaw chest area. I was wondering can you cure this and can it get surgically removed.or do u do chemo therapy and then to get ride of there cancer. What are diets and stuff you can do when they have cancer keeping them active and doing stuff all the time and not dipressed. Thanks so much

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Have you visited your Veterinarian? Has a fine needle aspirate or biopsy been performed? Have bloods been taken? There are various causes for swelling and lumps under the jaw or around the chest which are less severe than Lymphoma like swollen salivary glands, accumulations of fat, abscesses etc… Treatment of lymphoma isn’t curative but medical management; there are many different chemotherapy protocols for lymphoma based on vincristine, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin and prednisone; you should speak with your Veterinarian about the most suitable treatment protocol for Wyatt. You may need to visit a Specialist regarding Wyatt’s treatment plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

ALL THANKS TO DR ODIA WITH HIS HERBAL ROOT AND HERBS AM COMPLETELY CURED FROM FIBROID
I can’t believe this. A great testimony that i must share to all fibroid patient in the world. i never believed that their could be any complete cure for fibroid with out going for surgery ,i saw people’s testimony on internet on how Dr ODIA prepare herbal root and herbs that shrink there fibroid naturally. i had to try it too i contacted him on: [email protected] yahoo. com. and him told me how to get his herbal medicine, and you can,t believe that in just few weeks i started using it all my pains stop gradually . Right now i want to tell you all that i just give birth to a baby boy last month,and on till now' i have not had any pain, and i just went for text last week and the doctor confirmed that there is no trace of any fibroid in my system. after 8 year of suffering from fibroid am now free, Glory be to God for leading me to this great Dr ODIA I am so happy as i am sharing this testimony. My advice to you all who thinks that their is no herbal cure for fibroid that is Not true ,just contact him and get cure his email [email protected] yahoo. com and you will be free and free forever, Try it and you will not regret it because it truly works. i hope to see your testimony soon.

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Rhino
American Pit Bull Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Facial Paralysis
Fatigue
Blindness
Shaking

Medication Used

Trilostane
prednisone

I have a 9 year old pitbull that has shown signs of cushings disease for about a month now. He was having accidents, drinking alot of water, panting, had pot belly. The vet ran tests on him and did an ultrasound and found him to have elevated cortisol levels. They prescribed him trilostane. After being on trilostane for about a month he was tested for once again and found to be under too low of dose so they upped the dose from 68mg to 98mg. After being on this dose for a couple of weeks he started showing signs of fatigue and confusion. I didn't know what to think of these symtoms until I realized that he was possibly having trouble seeing. I took him to vet again and they had him see an optometrist which confirmed our fear that he had indeed gone blind. They recommended we do an erg to rule out sards to which he came back negative. The next recommendation was to do an MRI to see if the cause of the blindness was a tumor. We went ahead with the mri and they did find a tumor on the pituitary gland. They also did a spinal tap and found the results of the spinal tap to be consistent with a tumor in the brain area. He was prescribed prednisone and the doctor told me to keep him on the trilostane as well. The dose they told me to give him was 2 in the morning and 1 at nigh. I had him on this for a week now and now I am only giving it to him twice a day. i also took him off the trilostane. From my understanding the reason he went blind was due to the trilostane causing the tumor to grow larger than what it was. It seems to have accelerated the growth of the tumor and the prednisone is supposed to reverse those effects. It has been a 9 days since he's been on the prednisone and he seems to not be getting any better. He may even be getting worse since he seems to be showing other signs of neurological disorders such as tremors and sagging of face eyes. I was told by the doctor that they do not offer radiation therapy but that some hospitals in Washington state do. I live in Oregon and they are at least 3 hours away driving. I was wanting to see if you could help me to decide if I should pursue surgery for him at this point and where this may be available to me. Also what to expect as far as costs and what his chances are. Thank you for any help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a complex case like this I would highly recommend you consult with a Specialist which would have more experience in this area, companies like PetRays can review all of the medical records and have them reviewed by board certified Specialists. I cannot give much judgement on Rhino’s case with the information given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petrays.com

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Star
Beagle
13 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

none

Our dog Star is a 13 year old beagle and has a mass the size of an extra large egg hanging from her neck area. It is hot to the touch but does not seem to bother her, she is still a very active dog and has no loss of appetite. We live in an area where there is no veterinary clinic and would like to hear any suggestions from a veterinarian as to how we can possibly treat it on our own by possibly draining it as to ease the tightness from the mass. We heard how beagles are known for tumors. Is there anything that we can do on our own to treat this. Our pooch is not a good traveler and with her getting up in age would not want her to undergo any surgery that may cause us to lose our family dog. Any suggestions you can offer would be so gratefully appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with Star’s mass is that I cannot be sure what the mass is without examining it or doing a fine needle aspirate; not all masses can be lanced and drained at home (some are solid, have rich blood supplies, come from glands etc…). It would be irresponsible for me to recommend doing anything at home since the mass could be just about anything and may have arisen from any structure in the neck. I appreciate that you may not have a Veterinarian on your doorstep, but I cannot randomly tell you to treat this without know what it is and which structure did it originate from. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Star
Beagle
13 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

none

Our dog Star is a 13 year old beagle and has a mass the size of an extra large egg hanging from her neck area. It is hot to the touch but does not seem to bother her, she is still a very active dog and has no loss of appetite. We live in an area where there is no veterinary clinic and would like to hear any suggestions from a veterinarian as to how we can possibly treat it on our own by possibly draining it as to ease the tightness from the mass. We heard how beagles are known for tumors. Is there anything that we can do on our own to treat this. Our pooch is not a good traveler and with her getting up in age would not want her to undergo any surgery that may cause us to lose our family dog. Any suggestions you can offer would be so gratefully appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with Star’s mass is that I cannot be sure what the mass is without examining it or doing a fine needle aspirate; not all masses can be lanced and drained at home (some are solid, have rich blood supplies, come from glands etc…). It would be irresponsible for me to recommend doing anything at home since the mass could be just about anything and may have arisen from any structure in the neck. I appreciate that you may not have a Veterinarian on your doorstep, but I cannot randomly tell you to treat this without know what it is and which structure did it originate from. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scratchy
terrier
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My Dog has a lump on ribs. what is it? he's not in pain, its not a hard lump, kinda soft. he loves chasing squirrels in park. runs through all types of stuff, could it be an injury?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the lump I cannot say specifically what it is; lipomas, abscess among other lumps may occur; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and they may perform a fine needle aspirate of the lump to determine what the cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sonic
Chiweenie
10 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

cough

My 10 year old chiweenie has a fatty tumor in his chest cavity. It has pushed his organ upward resulting in a cough due to pressure on his trachea. The vet recommends a cat scan and removal of the fatty tumor within the next few months. They can't determine if they can get tumor from right side or will have to open his chest. What is the recovery period on this and is the cost with cat scan between 3 and 4,000?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure that I can answer your questions accurately, as the recovery period will depend on the tumor, location, type, and extent of surgery. The cost of the surgery and cat scan depends on your location and the level of specialization required. Both questions would be best asked of your veterinarian, as they are aware of Sonic's individual situation. I hope that he does well.

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Lexi
Labrador Retriever mix
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mast cell tumor
Guarding neck
Enlarged Lymph Nodes
Stiffness in neck

My 10 year old lab mix, Lexi, was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor yesterday. The tumor is on the side of her neck and does not appear to be cutaneous. Two lymph nods in the area are inflamed as well, but they are so deep that a fna was not able to be obtained during ultrasound. The mass is approximately the size of half a softball (I hope that makes sense) and is putting pressure on the nerve roots causing her to guard her neck and walk pretty gingerly on her right forelimb. X rays showed a slightly enlarged spleen, but no distinct masses. This primary tumor (or what we suspect to be the primary tumor) grr to this size in approximately 2 weeks. I am leaning toward palliative care only because I think this location and size will make it difficult to remove, and chemo/radiation is not something I really want to put her through. Any thoughts on the possible results of attempted excision would be helpful. I know that incomplete excision can sometimes be more detrimental than just leaving it alone. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. This is a decision that I have a hard time commenting on without seeing her, knowing more about her situation, and knowing you and your tolerance for risk. It does sound like the tumor is in a difficult location for surgery, and the potential for incomplete excision exists. Mast cell tumors can be quite aggressive if they aren't removed completely. It seems to be a fast growing tumor. Surrounding lymph nodes may be affected. Surgery may not be the nest option for her. It would be a great idea to consult with an oncologist, to get an idea as to what the prognosis might be with chemotherapy and radiation therapy before making any decisions. If they are able to shrink the tumor and provide a better surgical outcome, or give her a reasonable quality of life, that may be an option worth considering. I hope that things go well for Lexi.

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Lucee
Shih Tzu
11 Years
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

Pain
Lethargy
limited eating
amyloid producing odontogenic tumor

Medication Used

Rimadyl

Our 11 year old shih tzu has been diagnosed with an amyloid producing odontogenic tumor in her upper jaw. It was partially removed during a dental cleaning and biopsied to obtain these results. We have had a surgical consult at the local university Dental vet clinic, this Vet is apparently the best in the State. They have said they can do the surgery to remove the tumor, although rare, they have seen the tumor about three times and successfully removed. The cost will be about 4.5k!! With the amount of tumor and extra tissue they have to remove, she will be missing a large part of her upper jaw, top roof of her mouth and nasal cavity are. We are on the fence about the surgery as I am concerned with her quality of life after. The vet assured it would be a good quality, but I cannot imagine she would be comfortable missing this much of her jaw. Looking for some insight. I love her so much, but cannot imagine making her live through this serious surgery with so much of a needed jaw part missing. They said without the surgery, the tumor will grow up behind her eye and she should have about 3-6 months to live

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These decisions are never easy when you need to consider between quality of life with or without the surgery which both have their pros and cons; this is a decision that you need to make, however I generally would agree with the Veterinarian at the university dental clinic since with the tumour removed there will be management options afterwards to give Lucee the most normal life possible after surgery. But I do understand your hesitations regarding surgery, but again you need to decide what is in Lucee’s best interest. egards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

mammary lumps, some weeping nipples

i am after a rough quote. My 8 yr old female staffordshire bull terrier needs the following surgery desexing, removal of a few mammary tumors and a few mammary glands. She has mastitis at the moment but we seem to be fighting that battle with medication.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pricing for a procedure including spaying and removal of mammary tumours varies widely depending on the country you are in, the city, your Veterinarian (charity, general or specialist) among other factors (two Veterinarian across the road from each other may have different back end pricing). A rough (very rough) estimate would be between $500 to $2,000 depending on severity, perioperative care, histopathology and any other extras; the total cost may exceed this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Retriever
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Tumors

Hello,

My wife and I are owners of a wonderful dog. He's a mixed breed and he's either a Chow/Retriever or a Retriever/Australian Shepard mix. The reason I am asking for advice is because the poor dog has a pair of masses/tumors that need to be removed.

One is on his back, and while I do not remember the name of it, my vet said this type of tumor follows the sheaths of the nerves and while it is on the surface, it can be tricky to deal with as it can grow back. It was tested and it is benign.The second tumor is found on the inside of his mouth, the lower jaw to be exact. This is not the first time he has dealt with this tumor. About 4-5 years ago it developed, our vet removed it.

While the tumor turned out to also be benign, we were warned that it would eventually return, and at a later date it would have to be removed again. Here it is 4 years later and she feels she cannot remove it because he is a senior dog, who takes medication for hypothyroidism, and who also had a bout of vertigo a year ago.

To make a long story short, she has told us to find a specialist and I have looking at local vets. I guess my questions are; should I worry about having my dog undergo surgery because he is a senior dog and his recent health issues? And if he does undergo surgery, would a laser procedure would be gentler on him than the use of a scalpel? He still eats and drinks. He doesn't appear to be in pain. He is active, just slower because of his age. We'd just like to let him live his golden years in comfort.

Thanks for your time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like the tumour on the back is a nerve sheath tumour which can be difficult to remove and has a high recurrence rate; you should find a Specialist in your area to discuss your surgical options so that you would be informed making a decision. The decision to put Sammy through surgery is down to you, but surgery and anaesthesia is getting safer especially when measures are taken before, during and after surgery to improve the chances of recovery. I’ve added a link below to a directory of Veterinary Specialists which you can search by specialty and location. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://find.vetspecialists.com/

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Bully
English bull terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

tumor

I have an English Bull Terrior. I took him to UW Madison to an oncologist. They performed a needle aspirate on his left distal antebeachium: neoplasm of unclear origin- possible differentials include a neoendocrine neoplasm (Merkel cell tumor), amelanotic melanoma, primitive neoplasm, atypical carcinoma.

They confirmed cancer but how atypical the cells obtained were, they could not say for certain what type of cancer. Just described as being very rare. I need some guidance. His tumor is growing rapidly and I want to save his life and limb. His appetite and energy levels are fine, but the tumor keeps growing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A fine needle aspirate isn’t as accurate as a biopsy (see link below), but gives a good indication of what is present through the types of cells. Surgical excision should be done as soon as possible if Bully is a suitable candidate for surgery; however if a suitable margin cannot be taken, it may be a case that it is best to have the limb amputated so there are no concerns regarding margins. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2947686/

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Olie
Yorkshire Terrier
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nausea

My Yorkie had his right kidney removed with a lobe of his liver 48 hours ago due to cancer. I was given hope at that time. He just turned 11, and has diabetes. His creatinine level is 2.8 as of today. It is decreasing from 3.0 yesterday. The problem is that he is not eating on his own, and has nausea and some episodes of vomiting. We are up to 10,000 and he still remains in critical care. Some doctors give me more hope than others. I am discouraged today because the vet on weekend duty said that it is a major concern that he is not hungry and his blood sugars are not yet controlled. He will become hypoglycemic, and then go up. I am so sad and don't know what we should do. Should I give up hope? It is only 2 days. Is this normal for a yorkie with major surgery?? He is there for hydration, blood glucose monitoring, antibiotics and pain meds. Should I just bring him home where he is comfortable and see if he recovers with SQ fluids?
Kim

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Olie just went through major surgery, I cannot recommend that you take him home for care if it contradicts the attending Veterinarian’s recommendation since I haven’t examined Olie myself. A loss of appetite is concerning, but may change with time; continued supportive and symptomatic care (especially monitoring and controlling the diabetes) is required during this recovery period. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pete
Blue Heeler
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

golf ball size lump on head

my blue heeler has a golf ball size soft lump on the very top of his head a little to the right side. he is 10 years old. i adopted him two weeks ago from a small town what should i do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the lump I cannot say what the specific cause of the lump is; if the lump does need to be removed it may be difficult due to a lack of skin to close the surgical wound afterwards. You should visit a Veterinarian for an examination, they may do a fine needle aspirate to see the contents. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peanut
Maltipoo
9 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

lump, no pain,

There is a lump on my dog's lower leg which is new, just noticed about 3 days ago. It is about nickel size and ugly. The vet suggested removing even without needle aspiration to see what is going on. Is this necessary? I never know, because he also wants to remove 9 teeth "while he's in there." Peanut is not complaining and it doesn't seem to hurt. I love him but $2000 is a lot for me right now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A decision to remove, aspirate, biopsy or wait and see is down to your Veterinarian; I haven’t examined Peanut myself and I am unable to comment about his teeth either. If you are concerned that your Veterinarian may be jumping in, it would be worth visiting another Veterinarian in your area for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
Puggle
Ten Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog has had a malignant tumor removed from her side twice (in about the same area) in the past 2 years. The tumor has returned, and is 5cm. After xray showed possible spot on the lungs, the vet did an aspiration on a suspect nodule in the dogs armpit. The vet of course is hesitant to do surgery before determining if the cancer has spread. Bloods tests seem to indicate that the cancer has not progressed to the lungs, but all is still TBD over the course of the next few days. If it is determined the cancer has spread, my guess is having surgery to remove the 5cm mass could do more harm than good?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what type of cancer Callie has been diagnosed with, as some types of tumors spread very slowly but grow quickly. If that is the case, surgical removal would help. There are no blood tests to determine the spread of cancer to the lungs, and without more information, I'm not able to provide much assistance to you, unfortunately. It would be best to discuss pros and cons of surgery as well as expected outcome with your veterinarian, as they know Callie's physical status, lab work, and history. I hope that she is okay.

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Max
chihuahua mix
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

We have a chihuahua mix, that has been through to surgeries. First one a tumor was taken out from his shoulder which he had to take the shoulder and leg off. Then 6 months later another tumor found and taken out higher up on the neck. Now they want to do radiation to be sure they get any fragments possibly still there. What is the success rate that all goes well and he can live for years. Max is 7 right now. He is a very happy dog right now. I am afraid radiation therapy is very taxing on the little fella. This is very expensive as well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The specific type of cancer would determine whether radiation or chemotherapy would be successful or not, different types of cancers react differently to these treatments so it is important that the specific type of cancer is known to make that decision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ziggy
border collie cross
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Necrosis
ossifying mass
deep fibrous
pilomatrixoma
benign

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Ziggy has a deep fibrous and ossifying mass under his arm about 11cm, it has developed over two years with steady growth. Possible pilomatrixoma and necrosis. It is full of blood and can fluctuate in size. Ziggy is 14 years old. The lump does not appear to be malignant. He is booked in to have the lump removed on thursday with conservative margins to avoid removing his leg. Is it worth going ahead with the surgery considering the risk of general anaesthetic and poor healing at his age, and re growth of the lump? Are there significant risks involved with leaving the lump? It does not bother him usually, however it currently is upsetting him as the biopsy punctures have become infected - he is being treated with antibiotics. Is there likelihood that the lump could burst/ongoing infection/necrotic cell complications... Is there more risk with leaving the mass or with removing the mass?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I wish that I could accurately answer your questions, but they really depend on the specific location of the mass, how much it is affecting his life, and his general health. Sometimes 'debulking' a mass, or getting rid of some of it, can make a dog much more comfortable, but surgery does come with risks. Since your veterinarian knows more about Ziggy's specific situation and has seen the mass, it would be a great conversation for you to have with them - it is always okay to ask for more details and get more information on the risks and benefits of the surgery.

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Keera
Lab retriever mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggressive Behavior
Open wound

Medication Used

Trazedone
Acepromazine

We have a dog ~ 1 year old. We saw she had a growing lump on her rear left leg. Our vet checked it out and we weighed out the options. Our vet said where the lump was, remove the whole leg. We got a second opinion and a vet was able to remove the tumor. It ended up being a stage 1 tumor and our pup could keep her whole leg. However, healing process has been difficult. She eats fine, takes meds fine, but the wound is not healing. She hardly licks it and we correct it if she does, and wears a cone at night. Her behavior toward people she does not know is aggressive, barking and growling. She is more rough play with our cats and our other small dog. Now, the wound is open to the bone again. The vet said she could try to close it up but healing process might not be much better. She said we could amputate and that might reduce the tension problem in healing as healing is not likely. However, her aggressive behavior the vet says, is not likely to be correctable. Now we are faced with putting her down so she will not suffer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Keera I cannot really weigh in fully on such a delicate situation, if the wound isn’t healing then amputation should be considered; however you should visit a dog trainer for a consultation regarding behaviour to see if there is a chance of improving her behaviour post amputation. I think you should explore as many options as possible before making such a final decision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Benji
shitzu terrier
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms as of yet anyways

Medication Used

none
No medication

Hi My Boy Benji is 14 Years old & he has a Spindle cell tumor plus lipoma on his chest the size of a tennis ball ..i was wondering if it is safe to have surgery done on my dog where he is up in age & if so are these type of tumors known to come back ? you can look at the image free of charge to see whats really going on with Benji www.vetconnectplus.ca thankyou .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more about Benji and the tumor, I have a hard time commenting on whether you should have the surgery. If it is a slow growing mass, it may be better to not have it removed, but if it is large or growing quickly, it seems that surgery would be the only option. Age does complicate anesthesia and surgical healing, but your veterinarian will take those things into consideration for him during the procedure. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Tyson
Boxer pit
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hello My dog has had a lump ( under skin) on his foot/ankle for years. It will randomly grow and then shrink back down never rupturing. Odd note about it, is that it tends to grow when I leave him for a few days and then shrinks back down when I return. However, it has now split the skin after I was gone for a week. He is 12 years old Boxer Pit mix. It doesn't seem to hurt but Im afraid of infections. I have cleaned it and did a honey wrap for now since I got home but not sure if that will be enough. How much do you think removal will cost?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the lump and knowing where you live (prices vary between countries but also cities) I cannot give an accurate price for removal as the ballpark is quite large and not really useful in terms of narrowing in on cost. A simple phone call to a few clinics in your area for a lumpectomy will give you some idea of pricing, but for this an examination would probably be required to give an accurate quote. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Wolfdog
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

skin tight
20 lb mass
some limping

My 14 year old wolf dog has a large mass on his hip area. Twice I asked to have it removed, twice the vet tested in and said it is just fat and that I should leave it until it starts to bother him. We are at that point now, however NOW the vet is saying that it is a major surgery and she can't say for sure he will make it. He was supposed to have it removed today but instead is coming home for the weekend for us to decide how we want to handle it. She said that she won't know until she is in there what she is dealing with. If it is connected to a major artery, she'd probably have to put him down. She figures the surgery will take at least an hour, if not two. My dog is 14 years old. How do I make this decision - risk the surgery or just watch the lump increase in size more and more until I have to put him down because he is so uncomfortable? Why wouldn't she have removed it the other two times I asked instead of leaving it until we are in this terrible situation?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bear I cannot say exactly what the best course of action would be; it is a lipoma and there is artery involvement, then a debulking surgery may be useful to decrease the size of the mass to make Bear more comfortable (not recommended for all types of masses). Obviously with age, we need to ensure that he is fit for surgery and that would be at your Veterinarian’s discretion after the pre anaesthetic examination (including blood tests for liver and kidney function). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Banny
terrier
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Large, Fatty, Red, Oozing puss

Hello,
I have had my dog for 12 years, recently she has began to decline in her health growing tumors on her back, leg, and mouth (which often prevents her from eating and drinking). Additionally the mass on her mouth has grown quite large over the past week and now completely covering the right side of her mouth. Her health is rapidly declining and it seems we have very limited options. I would like to know how much would an appointment would cost and if possible how much would it be to remove the growths (a rough estimate please). If it comes to the unfortunate case that that she has a terminal illness how much would it cost to put her down. Thank you and have a blessed day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cost is a very difficult question to answer as there are many variable with the type of mass, whether or not we need to remove a section of jaw bone, the exact origin of the mass but then there are more important non-medical factors including your location (country and city), your Veterinarian (general or specialist) among other factors; putting all these unknowns together I cannot give you any meaningful figure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexi
Corgie
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Large lump

Lexi is a 9 year old corgie, she has had lots of problems. When 2 years old had bladder stone removed. 7 years old ACL replaced and now on stem cell shots every two years. 8 years old Non cancer tumor on spleen and nodgler on liver. Spleen removed. 9 year old large bump on top by back left leg. Took to vet treated with anti biotic and went down did do a needle and took out stuff and could not see any cancer cells. 1 month later bump back it is about 5 inches wide and length. 1 1/2 inches tall. Took to surgeon today and tomorrow doing CT Scan to determine as surgeon said cant get good sample as pulling fat cell and it is below the muscle. Will do CT of whole abd/chest. Doctor gave a estimate if they had to remove the nodular in liver and the mass low range $5,038.62 to $6552.97. Insurance will pay $3,375 if both need done Price seems high. Poor Lexi seems like she is getting tumors. The mass is on the same leg that the ACL had to be replaced. If we do surgery and they have to cut the leg muscle will that cause a problem with her walking We want to keep her as long as we can, she is our best friend but hate to see her go through so many surgery.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle recovers quickly after being cut during surgery, I wouldn’t worry about it. The price quoted seems reasonable especially since they are doing both surgeries for that price. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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