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    thanks occy, i completely agree with you. i will never go back , there are plenty more vets .
    i wish he had clipped, i purposely got that early appointment, even though he had let us down before, i was hopeful. i am so surprised actually its a busy vet and he has a lot of qualifications. maybe he was just lazy or hasn't dealt with this before.....

    last time when we took a cat with a hair loss and weight loss problem he did pull some out and look at it under the microscope , even though he had no idea what was the problem and said something about acupuncture ... for hair loss? what

    i was really hoping for some hands on this time! you know the clipping for sure! maybe extracting some cells and looking at them under the microscope.. anything im no expert but us as dog owners care so much and when theres a problem which we cant fix, we have faith in those who say they are able to.

    sorry for all my rants

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    Prob is too many vets are still cow vets - they think of animals as stock - esp older vets. Saying that - one of the best vets Ive dealt with is a man with many years of experience.

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    Oh Poppy I'm sorry for your dramas and worry. Could it be a grass seed that has got in through his nostril? That way you wouldn't see any entry wound.

    Is it hot at all? Tender to touch?

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    Occy, thats a good point! vet is quite old, i'm not sure where is strong point is as he hasn't proved to be so great with domestic pets. so i've seen, i might ask around about his background.

    Thanks Natty,
    i'm really starting to wonder about that now, its a good point.
    although, it isn't hot.
    it isn't red, or off coloured at all for that matter, its not hard, but not soft either you know?
    the thing about sam is he always gets a bit awkward/worried when people start touching round his face,
    so now that he has the lump its difficult to tell if he doesn't like me touching it or just because he doesn't like his face being messed with.
    When hes calm and having a cuddle , I have touched it a few times for up to a few seconds and he doesn't seem worried about it!

    but its very hard to tell with him, we have 2 borders they have always been very pain resistant .

    .xx

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    Big update:

    hes at the vet now having a biopsy .
    This is with the good vet, dad said hes president of the rspca . Anyway i cant tell you how good he was!
    other than the fact he kept saying how bad it was okay thats okay but hard to hear

    for those you don't mind stories, heres what happened.
    waiting for paul in the clinic and dad was commenting on how big lump was, although i though it looked like it had spread, in the back of my mind i though it may be smaller ... wishful thinking maybe.

    his office was great, clean tools all lined up. he straight away asked questions and felt it tightly, properly! he was real hands on and very nice and the thing about him was he seemed very concerned for Sam.
    he looked at the antibiotics bad vet gave us i told him the story with them and he said he reckoned it wasn't an infection.
    what i found really interesting was how he could almost right away see the problem,, and his expression changed as soon as he looked at it and he looked sad.

    he thinks its a tumor.
    he said it feels like its in the bone, definitely, and thats really bad. he said there was some fault some abnormality there.
    he was blunt, but damn good!

    i cant tell you how much better it was than the other vet even within the first 2 mins!
    i really ought to call that vet and give him a piece of my mind!
    he gave me useless antibiotics while my dog might have a growing tumor on his face!
    Paul was away thats why we had to wait to see him.
    he really wanted to find out what was the problem, he came back in and i think he jabbed him with some little needle but i didnt see what he got?

    then he took us to a cage. i put him in, beneath our 2 cats who are getting desexed today, i felt the lump form in my throat. i can deal with leaving him at home but there has never been a time in my life where i have left him somewhere else and not cried. , he seemed curious but calm.

    i heard the vet in the hall, so i went out, he was leaning on a fish tank and talking to me bout the biopsy and when the test results will be back, i hadnt cried yet but when i kept thinking bout leaving my baby! i cried, i just managed a good bye and he told me no problem....

    we had a dog with a lump once, on her chest, and when the vets went poking about with it she died that night it spread so quick...

    i'm guna do all i can and hope for the best
    that first vet - what a waste of my time and money.!
    the difference between them is amazing, bob didn't know what the problem was and gave us random anitbiotics, while paul really felt it and took him straight for a biopsy!

    SORRY THIS is SO LONG. you probably cant understand some of it, its just thisis not what i expected and my minds racing, its always someone elses story but now its mine and im not sure how to handle it!

    3 hours and we have to pick him up from biopsy! i cant wait i will carry him to the car , i miss him so much already.
    im not jumping to conclusions. =) i have faith x
    has anyone had a biopsy done on their dog, what should i expect?
    Last edited by Poppyx; 01-18-2010 at 01:44 PM. Reason: makes more sense now i think
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    Poppy I'm glad this vet is so much better. I'm sorry that it's a tumor, I hope it's benign.

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    thanks Tina!
    im hoping too ,
    again i apologise for the long post its so hard to take in .x
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    Keeping everything crossed for some good news for poor Sammy. Thank goodness you now have a vet who seems to know what he's doing.

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    Im glad you got a vet who knows what to do - that needle was a fine needle asipirate - it will allow him to see what sort of cells are in the lump - let's not call it a tumour until we have to.

    I hope it is benign

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    Dear Poppyx,
    I hope everything is okay. The fine needle aspiration will be a preliminary of posibilities (cells etc), the biopsy will take a little time for the results to come back (up to six working days). Fingers crossed that everything is okay for Sammy.

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