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    Remove the lump and then test it??? Have they done a fine needle aspirate on it already to confirm that the lump is cancerous? If not then that's the first step IMO.

    Trixie had a lump at the start of the year. We left it for about three months to see if it grew or went away. It didn't do either so we had it tested. The results were inconclusive, but they said that it appeared to be a mass cell tumor and recommended that we had it removed.

    She went for surgery shortly afterwards and we elected to have the lump tested. It turned out to be a Grade II tumour but the margins were clean, which means they got all of it and she had a clean bill of health. She was utterly miserable after the surgery. We had trouble getting her from the clinic to the car and then into the house. She was in a lot of pain. We put her straight in her crate and she stayed there for about 24hrs. By choice. When she finally got out we let her on the sofa to keep her away from Chopper and Angel's licky tongues.



    She took about a week to recover. They took her stitches out after fifteen days. I don't have a picture of her back today, but these were taken a few weeks after. The hair has grown back, but her scar is still quite visible.



    I'm not sure exactly how long it's been since her surgery, maybe 8 months? But, she's totally fine and hasn't had any more health problems since.

    Fingers crossed your dog's proceedure will go as well and will recover as quickly. Please let us know what the prognosis is? Try not to worry. Dogs get lumps and bumps removed all the time

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    Fine needle biopsy does not show all things. Some cells are too big for the needle and you get false negatives. This is what happened with me. I was cleared of Cancer months ago with a FNB and it took a surgical biopsy to diagnose me. With my family, dogs, no way would I now be happy with a fine needle one.

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    Rosie's Mum. I know it's hard but try not to jump to too many conclusion. Plenty of lumps and bumps turn out to be benign. I second Greys, though, be careful when researching on the internet, you can scare yourself with too much information.

    Take care of yourself and Rosie
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    I third that it does not help, imagination runs riot.

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    We chose to remove a lump from Boof instead of doing a needle biopsy. We chose surgical removal as my Vet was partly convinced it may have been a mast cell tumour.

    Luckily for us, we did choose that option as it was. However, luckily for Boof it was low grade.

    I agree with Ruthless though that the first action would be a needle biopsy, particularly in a dog so young, unless the Vet was thinking it looked more serious.
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    Hi Rosie's mum. I'm sorry you are facing this. You will get through it, however, and there is light at the end of the tunnel you are looking into.

    For your vet to suggest that they remove the lump as quickly as possible suggests to me that the vet may have some concern over it - this may explain the suggestion to remove and then test rather than needle biopsy.

    I agree with the others to an extent regarding researching as much as you can on the internet. To be loaded with knowledge and inforamtion can be helpful, but it is not always the correct info, and that can only make matters worse, not to mention making you stress more.

    Take each day as it comes. Once the test results come back in, then you will know what the future holds for you and your dog. Only then, will you know what to do in the future. And hey, it may all be for nothing and your dog is going to live to a ripe old age with you.
    I know it's easier to say than do, but please try not to stress, or let it show - dogs pick up on our emotions VERY quickly.

    All the best.

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    Thanks to everyone for your kind words. She is is surgery today so I will post back when she's home and I have some more details on what it is. The vet has not given me any clue as to what it could be yet, I assume he might be able to tell by looking at what he has removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie's mum View Post
    Thanks to everyone for your kind words. She is is surgery today so I will post back when she's home and I have some more details on what it is. The vet has not given me any clue as to what it could be yet, I assume he might be able to tell by looking at what he has removed.
    Best wishes from all.

    After today you will better know what you are dealing with, and hopefully it will be nothing. Fingers crossed for you.

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    Any news?
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    She's back and feeling pretty miserable. She has a drainage tube and one of those horrible elizabethan collars. She can't lay down properly because of the collar so she's been pacing around the house for the last 2 hours. She must be shattered!!

    When I picked her up, the vet showed me the lump that he removed and it was quite big - about the size of a golf ball. We're not going to have it biopsied as the vet seems to think that it is a benign fatty tumor.

    Does anyone have any advice on what to do about the collar. i have tried to remove it but she soon started to pick at her wound and I don't want her to pull out the tube!

    Man this is hardwork!! i'm hoping that she will soon give in and finally fall asleep.

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