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    Last year in December I noticed that Roxie had a lump in her throat. I took her to the vet, he said keep an eye on it, it should be fine.

    Her throat is brown, this spot is pink and very noticeable. When I first spotted it, it was puffy and gum pink. I kept an eye on it like the vet said, and it went 'down'. The spot itself was still there, but it was flat and the same texture as the rest of her throat.

    Now I've noticed that it's puffy again. It's changed shape but doesn't seem to have grown.

    Her behavior is still the same, in the past couple of days she hasn't been very hungry. I think this is more to do with what she's being fed, because she still wants tid-bits and harasses me when I eat, so I'm not overly worried.

    I'm planning on making an appointment with the vet tomorrow, I figure it's best to just get it checked out. I just thought someone on here might have seen something similar or have any advice. I'm hesitant about the vet because our last dog had a lump and it was cancer. I'm not jumping to conclusions, but it's in the back of my mind and makes me nervous.

    This is it in December and again now.



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    I think if this was in your mouth yo u might have got a second opinion.
    I really do understand that with pets this can be a costly yhing as vets seem to charge like wounded bulls.
    But I would seriously get a second opinion.

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    No one here can diagnose it and I agree, get a second opinion if you are not happy.

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    I am going to the vet tomorrow. I trust my vet wholeheartedly, he's completely honest, sometimes doesn't even bother to charge me because we've had dogs going there since before I was born. I consider me seeing him tomorrow as part of keeping an eye on it.

    I'm not asking for a diagnosis. I just thought someone would have had experience with something like this with their dog and might be nice enough to offer some reassurance.

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    How worrying! Please give us a follow up...
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    Jucealala,

    Have you see the vet yet?
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    Just wondering how you got on juce .
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    I took the photos on the iPad with me to give the vet a good look, and he looked in her mouth too. He said he hadn't seen anything really like it before. If I want to get a biopsy he has to put her under anesthetic, which is costly. The lab will charge around $180 to test it.

    I have the option of getting her teeth cleaned and the biopsy taken for $250. The vet said that the sample will last forever, so if it becomes an issue in the future we can just have that piece sent off rather than having to take one at the time. It sounded like a good idea at the time, but after I thought about it I'm not going to do it. The skin might be fine at the moment but change in the future, so we need to get a sample when there is a problem. There's no point sending a healthy sample.

    He gave her an injection of something and that seemed to take the swelling down. He doesn't think it's dietary related which is a relief.

    I'm just going to keep an eye on it and see what happens. I don't really want to pay to get her teeth cleaned, I bought her a huge bone and already massive bits of plaque have come off. None of her glands are swollen, she doesn't have a temperature. He also seemed to think that if it was going to change and cause damage it would have done it already.

    Not exactly the answer I wanted but it's a hell of a lot better than a lot of alternatives. So now we just wait and see.

    Thanks for the concern We're going to be fine.

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    I would be thinking what you did while I was reading this.
    Why would the vet want to send a sample off that is clean.
    Just makes no sense to me at all.
    If you don't and it came back clear then it grew and he sent the same sample off it would have to come back clear again.
    All the time it could have now change to something totally different.
    I wish you all the best on this quest.
    Sorry about how that ryhmed I am not trying to make light of this.
    As it can or could be bad and I do know what it is like to lose a mate with 4 legs.

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    That's exactly what I was saying, Rid.

    He offered to send off a sample now so we know what it is, therefore how it can/will develop and what to watch out for. It's not a bad idea, just an expensive one.

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