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Old 09-25-2009, 12:31 AM
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Unhappy Mammary Tumor, help?

I flipped Toast over yesterday and discovered this:


My mom took her to the vet later that day. The vet did a screening panel and said everything looked normal except some protein levels. (Sorry I can't be more specific, but my mom doesn't remember the details.) She also got 2 radiographs and said that the mass was the only one she saw. She prescribed Metacam (anti-inflammatory? An infection doesn't seem very likely though right? No increased WBC count.) and Clavamox (antibiotic?). The bump is very firm, and from the little I've read about mammary tumors (because I'm assuming that's what it is), if they crop up quickly like this it's usually malignant. That was last night. My mom called the vet today to see about getting it removed. We are now waiting on a radiologist (or something) to see what options we have with surgery, and we should hear back from her tomorrow.

I'm a little overwhelmed. I don't know what I should do for this, and I'm hoping you guys have some suggestions. I figured removing it as quickly as possible would be the smart thing so it doesn't metastasize. Surgery is dangerous because Toast is only 5.9lbs and has an enlarged heart (I don't know why her heart would be enlarged...). What questions should we be asking the vet? She is also not spayed, which I have now learned put her more at risk for these tumors.

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Old 09-25-2009, 12:44 AM
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How awful. Sorry, I don't have any suggestions. Sending positive vibes for a good outcome.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:05 AM
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Thanks for the vibes!
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the heart thing would be my biggest concern, but i'd be wanting to get her spayed, have that lump removed and biopsied to find out what it is.
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Poor girl I hope the vet gets back to you quickly so you can get things moving.
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:39 AM
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Keep us posted ....that looks sore !
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the heart thing would be my biggest concern, but i'd be wanting to get her spayed, have that lump removed and biopsied to find out what it is.
I really want to have it removed, the vet still hasn't called yet. I'm worried about the enlarge heart too, but I don't really know much about it. What kind of things cause enlarged hearts?

I'm also worried about a surgery. We didn't get her spayed because she is so small, and we were worried about the anesthesia. I've heard a few stories of small dogs getting too much and dying on the table.

Still waiting. :-/
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I really want to have it removed, the vet still hasn't called yet. I'm worried about the enlarge heart too, but I don't really know much about it. What kind of things cause enlarged hearts?

I'm also worried about a surgery. We didn't get her spayed because she is so small, and we were worried about the anesthesia. I've heard a few stories of small dogs getting too much and dying on the table.

Still waiting. :-/
Most of the time, an enlarged heart is something they are born with. It really is just a birth defect.

Also, just wanted to add that I hope you hear something soon and that it all gets figured out! <<VIBES>>
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I hope everything works out... just to ease your mind though small dogs can do fine under anesthesia... Armani is only 4.12 pounds and was under twice (once to be neutered, once to have a tooth removed).

If the vet is experienced and knows what they are doing they shouldnt have a problem..

Keep us updated, hope all is well.
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I really want to have it removed, the vet still hasn't called yet. I'm worried about the enlarge heart too, but I don't really know much about it. What kind of things cause enlarged hearts?

I'm also worried about a surgery. We didn't get her spayed because she is so small, and we were worried about the anesthesia. I've heard a few stories of small dogs getting too much and dying on the table.

Still waiting. :-/
Lola is 10 pounds and I had her spayed. Spaying before a first heat cycle reduces the risk of mammary cancer to 0% and if there is one heat cycle before spaying then it reduces the chances of mammary cancer to about 6-7% from what I read somewhere.

I could have taken her to a Low cost spay clinic but did not want to take any chances so I took her to a vet that was recommended to me from my sister who uses the same vet.
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