|Barked: Sun Jun 15, '08 7:16pm PST |
|I wish my sister would have learned her lesson about tumors long ago, but she didn't. As some of you know 2 of her dogs live at my house (even longer story and I'm NOT going into it) Both of them are 13-14 years old and both in relatively good health now. I noticed about a year ago that Jadah, the malamute mix, had a small pea sized mammary tumor and told my sister right away. She did nothing. She waited 9 months to remove this tumor (which btw was mammary cancer but had not spread) and it weighed 4 1/2 lbs! The sad part is that if she would have done it sooner the dog wouldn't have spent months suffering. The same goes for her other older dog Evander, a pit mix. He just had a non-cancerous tumor removed from his rectum and the only reason she finally did that was because it ruptured and she had to.
Bottom line, please tell your friend to at least get the dog and the tumor checked out. It will be much easier to remove when its small vs. when its bigger and absolutely has to be removed (like evander's did) Jadah and Evander both had bloodwork (and x-rays for Jadah) before surgery and both recovered fine.
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