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    Default Staffy That Has a Mass in the Right Nostril

    Hi There,
    I am new to this forum and have a problem with my staffy. He was sneezing alot in November and early December started sneezing blood and blood clots. We have been through x-rays, swabs, biopsies etc and off to Sydney next Tuesday for a CT Scan at Sydney University. X-rays show the mass in right nostril, biopsy was inconclusive, swabs were negative for fungal or bacteria.
    My staffy Ralph is 10 years old and an entire male. Up until now has been in fantastic health. This problem seems to be very wearing on him and very expensive on us.
    Has anyone had anything similar?

    Thanks

    Bohemiannic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    Hi There,
    I am new to this forum and have a problem with my staffy. He was sneezing alot in November and early December started sneezing blood and blood clots. We have been through x-rays, swabs, biopsies etc and off to Sydney next Tuesday for a CT Scan at Sydney University. X-rays show the mass in right nostril, biopsy was inconclusive, swabs were negative for fungal or bacteria.
    My staffy Ralph is 10 years old and an entire male. Up until now has been in fantastic health. This problem seems to be very wearing on him and very expensive on us.
    Has anyone had anything similar?

    Thanks

    Bohemiannic
    From one staffy lover to another...welcome.

    Staffy's are prone to cancer, but you have had a lot of investigations done and I would have thought they would have picked that up

    I am so sorry to hear about your problems...I hope you get some answers soon!!!

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    Hi there,

    I am with Clea on this one, but I will be more direct....get that mass removed immediately!!! As Clea says, they are prone to cancer especially an entire male (I am sorry to be so blunt) I really hope it is a benign legion, but given his age and physical compromise, it is simply not worth the risk.

    Please let us know how you go, we will all be thinking of you and your boy
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    Hi & welcome from 1 Stafford lover/owner to another

    So sorry to hear about your boys horrible health probs, so hope that the vets can do something asap to help your boy.

    I personally would have thought that your boys VET would have operated & removed the mass already, seems odd that the VET hasn't tho

    Wishing all best for your boy

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    Default Staffy That Has a Mass in the Right Nostril

    Thanks everyone for your words of support. I think why the vets haven't removed the mass is that it seems so deep and they are wanting to make sure of its origins. There are two thoughts 1. it is a deep tumour and has created a mass of normal endo cells or 2. Ralph has inhaled something which has gone into an area around the sinus cavity and as it may have been there for some time, cells have built up around it.
    Hopefully next week I can give you all an update on Ralph and what is happening.

    Cheers,

    Bohemiannic
    Last edited by Bohemiannic; 01-09-2010 at 03:54 AM.

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    I personally understand what the vet is doing in regards to all this testing.
    Your dog is 10 years old. Many vets would not wish to just go on in, aneathatise, orerate and remove, because who knows what they will find at that point in time.
    Best to know EXACTLY what it is they are dealing with first.

    I know that doesn't help you, your dog, or your wallet, I'm sorry. Hopefully the scan will give them the final answer, and relief will be granted soon.
    Best wishes to you and Ralph.

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    Poor Ralph can't take a trick at the moment. Got home today and his breathing was strange, so rushed him to vets to be checked, brought him home and tried to keep him quiet. His breathing got so bad that we had to take him to the emergency vet and he had to undergo an emergency Tracheostomy. So we are now unsure how we are going to get him to Sydney, he may have to go in the Animal Ambulance. We are waiting till later this morning to talk to the vet as he may even go to Sydney later this morning.

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    Oh, the poor bloke isn't having any joy, is he. My thoughts are with him.
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    Thanks Goodiesgirl. Ralph is a much loved family member. We have had him since he was 5 weeks old. He has such a beautiful nature and we would do anything to get him better. His tracheostomy has helped but he is still on oxygen for the moment. Hopefully they can get him stabilized enough for the trip to Sydney to see the vets at Sydney University!

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    Oh, I am so sorry and thinking of you both, please, please keep us updated.

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