|Barked: Tue Aug 17, '10 6:48am PST |
|Miles (the resident Basset) is going in next week (or possibly sooner if I have my pleas answered) to have a tumor on his tail removed. It's just about an inch or so above the base, and located on his right side. I took him in to have it looked at yesterday and my vet was visibly worried about it. It was found just over a week ago and the vet said then to watch it. Since then, it's grown about 50% and became scabby, though Miles has not been chewing on it. The vet tried to aspirate it with two needles (18 and 22 gauge), but it had no fluid and was, as he put it, "fibrous and solid" in nature. He gave two options: biopsy it and wait for results or schedule a removal and biopsy it then. We opted for the removal. What worries me is my vet took the same tone with this as he did when he first saw Gunner's mast cell tumor, which leads me to believe he thinks it's potentially serious. He would not have recommended biopsy and removal if he wasn't concerned, either.
On top of this, Miles' skin problems are at their peak. His coat is coarse and brittle, which is a complete change from what it used to be. He's going bald on his stomach and all of his visible skin is red and irritated. He spends a lot of time scratching and chewing himself. He's been tested for hypothyroidism, been given a couple rounds of prednisone, received multiple hydrocortisone shots, and is on a high dose of fish oil (4000 mg daily), but with no improvement. He has always been a scratchy dog, but he's never been this bad. We were going to do a scrape to rule out mange and save up the money to have an allergy test done, but this tail tumor became the immediate concern.
I guess my question is, what kind of tumor is common on the tail and could there be any connection to his other problems? My vet was hoping it was a cyst or abscess, but after the attempted aspiration, is leaning towards a tumor of some kind. My mind immediately jumps to the worst possible outcome and waiting until next Thursday for the surgery is going to make me more nervous as time passes.
Edited by author Tue Aug 17, '10 6:49am PST
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