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    I think what your vet means is that he will take the biopsy whilst your dog is under for the teeth cleaning........That specimen will be put in formalin. You do not have to send it to the Lab until you want to. The specimen is not "clean". It is just on hold, until you send it.
    It is something often done with animals, For example say a lump next the eye. It get removed, because it is unsightly and worries owner, lump is gone. Specimen is put in the fridge. lump comes back. Lump in fridge is sent for investigation to the lab.
    This is often done, because owners do not want (or cannot afford) to spend money on labs and it might not be necessary.
    If it was one of mine, I would send it straight to the laboratory to see what it was. So I could put it out of my head, I always worry about lumps and bumps.
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    Newsfie, that is exactly what the vet is saying and it makes sense. My concern is that at the moment, the specimen could be fine. No infection, nothing nasty at all.

    In 6 months for instance, it might turn purple and look really awful. So I take her to the vet and we get that sample sent off. The problem is that the sample is from 6 months ago when it was fine. So the tests come back clear and we do nothing, but it's a false negative.

    It's also not a cheap process, and even if I wanted to, there's no way I could afford to get it done at the moment.

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    I for one totally know where you are coming from.

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    If it was one of mine, I would send it straight to the laboratory to see what it was
    I feel the same way but you are the owner and I respect that. Like Rid said I can not see the point of sampling now and can be sent to the lab later suggestion though.

    I am wondering if you image search "lumps in the mouth" in dog health and see if can be of any help.....
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    That fact that it is showing up as a lump now means that whatever is causing it is already there so it is likely to show up in tests.

    Something like this could be a mast cell tumor (cancer of the cells that produce hystamine hence the swelling) and it could be early stages now but if you wait until it turns purple etc it may be in later stages (look up grades of mast cell tumors for more info or think similar to stages of cancer in people 1 being good chances and 3 being you only get a certain amount of time to live). I am not saying that is what it is but if it was something like that finding out now may save your dogs life.
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    We went through this recently with one of our dogs, only her lump was inside her nasal cavity. It was originally thought that it was sinus and possible infection so she was given antibiotics. The swelling didn't go, and two weeks later she was taken in for investigation. Unfortunately it turned out to be a nasal tumor, and we had to put her the sleep that day.

    I totally respect your decision, but just wanted to share my experience with you. I hope all goes well for both of you.

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    Our old dog Lacey kept on getting what we would like to call warts on her eyelid and it was always the lft eye. We thought that she was gunna look like she had had a face lift on only one side.
    But these things kept growing and then began to scrap he eyeball. And we had to pay out $150 each time and this was 3 times in all. She began to develop another one but this time it was on both eye lids.
    We knew she wasn't gunna be with us for too much longer and at that stage they weren't afecting her eye sight. So we left them.
    It was costly for us have to do this close on to every 6 or so months.
    We struggled to pay for them only due to the fact that she hadserved us so well for so long.
    So yer it sometime comes to putting food on the table of getting the dog repaired. And here there is no way they will do it and let you pay if off over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jucealala View Post
    Newsfie, that is exactly what the vet is saying and it makes sense. My concern is that at the moment, the specimen could be fine. No infection, nothing nasty at all.

    In 6 months for instance, it might turn purple and look really awful. So I take her to the vet and we get that sample sent off. The problem is that the sample is from 6 months ago when it was fine. So the tests come back clear and we do nothing, but it's a false negative.

    It's also not a cheap process, and even if I wanted to, there's no way I could afford to get it done at the moment.
    If it is "bad"....it will show in the cells now. Tumours or cancers are always better caught early. Sometimes they can be cut out completely before they infiltrate into other areas.......Once a cancer looks bad, it is often too late. Sorry to be so negative, but this is what i deal with at my work.
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    I would be getting the sample and sending it off. A year or two back, Boofy developed a wart like growth on his bum. I took him to the Vet and Keith, my Vet, said it didn't appear to be anything sinister and we could just 'watch it' or he could do a biospy.

    I opted for the safe measure (although there is risk with aneasthetic as we all know) and I had him put under so they could do a biospy.

    It was a mast cell tumour. We got it literally within weeks of it showng and it was low grade. I am SO GLAD I took him to have it checked and opted to have it biopsied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    If it is "bad"....it will show in the cells now. Tumours or cancers are always better caught early. Sometimes they can be cut out completely before they infiltrate into other areas.......Once a cancer looks bad, it is often too late. Sorry to be so negative, but this is what i deal with at my work.
    Totally agree. Better to be safe than sorry and get in early.
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