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Fatty tumor getting bigger

Discussion in 'Bark Park' started by taxidermynerd, 2/14/17.

  1. taxidermynerd

    taxidermynerd Walking the driveway

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    Hi all.

    So my rottweiler, Tink, got 'diagnosed' (as much as a dog can) a couple months back with a flat fatty tumor on one of her ankles (or hocks, whatever). The doc said that if it got bigger, we'd have to bring her in again and get it removed. Back then it was tiny, but now it looks like this:
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    Here's a comparison shot of the one with the fatty tumor vs. the one without:

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    It's hard to tell because it's more about depth than size, but it's wayyyy bigger than when we last took her to see the vet. I've been nagging at dad to get on it and see when our vet would be in but he's kept putting it off and now he finally sees how worrying it is. It doesn't seem to inconvenience her in any way, but better safe than sorry.

    He's gonna call the vet in the next couple days and see when our vet will be in. My guess is he'll want to remove it. I'm hoping it's just a fatty tumor and not anything malicious.

    Tink's doing pretty good otherwise, she's about 9 and a half, and other than being a little bit sore sometimes, she still plays like a puppy. She loves her squeaky toys, her favorite is a little cow with a Santa hat that I got her for the Christmas before last. She still loves eating biscuits and going outside. If left to her own devices outside, on a nice day she'll gladly lay in the backyard, watching the world go by and sniffing the air.

    She's doing good for such an old pup. I just hope she's doing as okay as we think she is.
     
  2. iamwhoiam

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    Sorry about the fatty tumors. My Bichon had several of those and the vet even found one on his tongue when they cleaned his teeth. Vet removed all of them and had a few biopsied and, fortunately, they were all just fatty tumors. Hope that will be the same with Tink.
     
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    Better to get it out while its small, lipomas ( benign fatty tumors ) even though are non-malignant can possibly get very large and infiltrate surrounding tissue and organs, muscle, tendons, etc..
     
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    Hopefully it's benign. I know Dad is very reluctant to spend money on vet stuff, but the way I spin it to him is this; What would you rather do, pay a little to remove the fatty tumor, or skip it and end up paying a lot because it caused damage and you were too cheap to get it removed?

    Sorry if that sounds harsh, but that's how I feel about it. Better safe than sorry you know?
     
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    My little dog has a non-encapsulated, but non-malignant tumor that will likely kill her. It bulges on her rear, and is growing inward as well, where it can create problems with vital organs, blood vessels, etc. Although we have taken her to a specialist vet surgeon, he advised against surgery because: 1) The surgery was complicated and could kill her. 2) There's a greater than 50% chance that the tumor will grow back. Furthermore, the surgery was extremely expensive.

    I watch her closely, since I am determined that she won't suffer. In the meantime, we are enjoying our time with her, and she's such a sweet, sweet little shih tau. My younger two kids have grown up with her and will be so heart broken when she passes. :sad3:
     
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    Gosh, that's so awful. I'm so sorry.
     
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    :sadhug2:Poor Tink. Talk to the vet.
    Maybe he can do a biopsy?

    At 9 1/2 years Tink is a senior dog & Rotts lifespans are av 8 to 10 years with a few maybe making 12. Seems female Rotts live longer than males so she could have a few more years.

    Rottweiler Life Span - How Long Will Your Rottie Live?


    Guess it depends if its benign or malignant & how fast it could grow back.
    If its malignant they would probably amputate the leg. My neighbors dog had her leg amputated & she was about the same age.
    She was a big dog about a lab size & got along well on 3 legs & lived a few more years.

    If its grown in a few months & could grow back after an operation you have to decide whether you want to put her through an operation & then have it grow back in a short while.

    If its causing her pain then something has to be done.


     
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    We'll have to see what the vet wants to do once we take her in. Even if she had to get that leg amputated, I would still love her just as much. She doesn't seem to be in pain, other than being a little bit stiff after running around a ton, but that's to be expected with a rott of her age. I don't think it bothers her.
     
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    Hopefully its just a fatty tumor & can be dealt with easily.
    Glad it does not seem to be hurting her.
     
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    Hopefully. I'm gonna make sure that after we come home from getting my blood drawn today, Dad calls the vet.
     
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    So Dad called, and our vet is gonna be in on Monday. He's gonna be in surgery all morning, so we'll go in the afternoon.
     
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    This afternoon we're going to the vet. Last time we saw him, he said that he would remove the fatty tumor if it got bigger so I'm expecting that. I'm gonna make sure we ask to have him do a biopsy on it once it gets removed. I'm hoping that it's just benign. I have a gut feeling that it might've done irreversible damage to the muscles and tendons and other important leg bits, but I'm hoping that I'm wrong.

    I've been stressing like crazy and that led to me stress-eating a bunch of sugary stuff which led to me having an awful headache. So I've just been trying to keep myself busy. I redid Fuzzgig's tank, I've been watching documentaries, playing with Chirp, stressing, feeling miserable, convincing myself that I'm not stressed. Times are rough for me at the moment. But I'm trying.
     
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    Try to get some better snacks.
    Hope if its fatty its benign but needs biopsy before as surgery would be different if its not.
    :sadhug2:
     
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    My IBS flared so I'm staying home. Dad is at the vet with Tink right now.

    UPDATE: So the vet said that it'd be good to get it removed. They did some blood work and if everything is all good they'll call us tomorrow and she'll be getting it removed Thursday!
     
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    Thank you! She's lived with this for much longer than we anticipated, and is now 13 years old. My poor fur baby is going deaf, too!
     
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    My Bichon has a few growths again. One on his foot and one on the inside of his ear. The vet recommends removing them. Will get that taken care of soon. Estimated cost over $1000.

    Sorry you are having another IBS flare up.
     
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    Some vets don't recommend surgery unless its constricting an organ or movement.

    Ear I guess could be tricky but don;t want it getting to the brain...

    :sadhug2:
     
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    The one on his foot is hard and appears to have grown since the vet looked at it @ 2 mos. ago. The one inside his ear is very small and actually just feels like a fatty tumor. It's actually not inside his ear per se but on the inside of the ear flap.
     
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    Hope all goes well with the surgery.
     
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    I hope so too! I'm really nervous, but I think that's because I'm always nervous about everything! But yeah. Tink is gonna get some extra treats before and after the operation. This evening, she got a tiny bit of my dinner, which was pasta with a 3 cheese blend (romano, mozzarella, parmesan). Tink loves cheese, and she got some while the cheese was still nice and gooey. I think I made her day:):heart:
     
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