Such a good dog!
|Barked: Thu Oct 28, '10 9:16am PST |
|Just follow up on this post--I see it's been a month . . . our lump is still there. You were right Leah when I went to the vet 2 weeks ago, she said the lump was too small to aspirate as far as being sure of getting a definitive sample of cells (I think that's what she meant).
The lump has gotten a bit smaller from original but can't tell that it's changed in the last 2 weeks. She was on antibiotics for 7 days and topical steroids . . .
The vet left me of the option of waiting til we were done with agility (which was last night) and dealing with surgically removing it then and a biopsy at my discretion which was pricy she said . . . sort of giving me the idea that she didn't think this was very urgent and she didn't at least "feel" it was likely to be malignant.
Her main concern seemed to be that since there's so little skin on the paw for closure, we definitely would not want to work with a bigger lump.
So having reread the info on histiocytomas and cysts, I'm wondering what the pros and cons are of rushing to remove this lump, since she'll need anethesia (although she added she could have her teeth cleaned at the same time), vs. the chance of complications, infection and so on.
It's on top of her knuckle and seems to bother her in no way at this point-- she doesn't even lick it.
I didn't really press the vet about what happens if we do nothing and observe it . . . not that I relish spending the money, I will if it's best, but I more hate the idea of unnecessary surgery . . .
Just wondering if you have any additional thoughts Leah, or questions I should ask when I call again . . . Thanks so much!