My husband took Linus to the vet today about his lump. The one he said was nothing, the squishy one he aspirated some and called later and said he didn't like the looks of it and would be sending it out to a lab. They were gone by the I got home so now I just have to worry about it until Monday. Here are the questions I have if anyone can help.
If it's malignant will it HAVE to be operated on. It doesn't bother him in the least.
If I don't have it operated on what might happen. Nothing?? Anything?? If so, what???
He is 12 years old and very skittish and fearful. How might this affect his personality.
I would appreciate any help you can give me.
Nobody can answer your questions until you find out what it is. Until then we'll be thinking good thoughts.
♣ Laura ♣
Sending good thoughts for your boy. I know the waiting is awful.
Good thoughts here too!
Thoughts and prayers I'm sending your way....
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -- Gandhi
Sending good thoughts and prayers. It must be torture to have to wait, I am sorry you do.
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
What Laura said, until you know all we can do is send lots and lots of good thoughts your way ((((hugs)))) to you!
I've had 3 dogs who have all had cancerous mast cell tumours. None of them died from them. One is still alive, the other 2 died at 14 and 15 years old from unrelated issues. So try not to fret about this too much, although i did as well.
If the lump is cancerous, it will need to be removed along with a large portion surrounding it to make sure they removed all the cancerous cells.Then it will be sent to a lab to be "graded". Grading it can tell you more about the cancer and if it has spread. In my experience, just getting the lumps off was enough and none of my 3 dogs required chemo or anything else. It's definetely not a death sentence if your dog has a mast cell tumour, but the trick is to get it off asap before it spreads.
My vet was able to remove of the lumps from my pug when he was 12 years old with only a local anaesthetic because the lump was small. This may be a possibility for you if the lump turns out to be cancerous.
Here's some in depth info:
Pet Owner's Crash Course in Canine Mast Cell Tumors
Last edited by Brette; 02-27-2012 at 11:43 AM.
There is ALOT of that going around on this board these days ...good thoughts and prayers it comes out lean, or you caught it early enough!