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Hello all, new here :)

Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:54 pm

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Hi All,

Just wanted to introduce myself.

I've been looking for a friendly dog related forum for a while now to discuss all things dogs.

I came across this site by accident this evening after doing a google search after finding a lump on my dog. She had a lump removed at the begining of the year which turned out to be cancer so we are kind of on alert this time around.

She will be off to the vets tomorrow hopefully, if they can fit us in.

Tip for anyone, don't google illnesses as it will scare the life out of you laughing

Anyway my name is Chris and i'm from the midlands.

We have one dog named Oreo, she is a black labrador cross, so not a pure breed but a lovely dog.

She is around 9 years old and we rescued her around 3 years ago from our local RSPCA.

She isn't that healthy, along with the lump we found this year she also suffers with what the vet has put down as allergies.

We've spent thousands of pounds (thank goodness for insurance) and hundreds of hours tralling the internet trying to make her more comfortable. Unfortunately, she hasn't had a diaognosis despite having various tests. Fortunately, she seems to be a bit more relaxed now with a regular routine of feet washes.

Other than this she is a lovely natured dog, who enjoys her walks (even if it takes her a little longer with her aging bones), and she loves her toys.

I think she would have made a great police sniffer dog as she knows if anyone is eating anything within a 20m radius. laughing

Anyway, that's me and I look forward to speaking to some of you soon.
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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:14 am

Ohhh my post has gone. Must not have hit send!

Oreo is well this morning. Feeling sorry for herself though and making the most of the situation wink

She has the entire front of her chest shaved bald and she looks funny but hopefully most of that will grow back.

She has three sepeate wounds but the vet seems to have done a fab job of the stiching but we shall see when it has healed.

Two lumps were in the skin and were in-growing hairs (which is good news) and the other was just a fatty lump! The vet is very confident it isn't cancer which is fantasic news.

We are going in Monday for a check up.

She was a little groggy last night and spent most of the evening crying and looking lost. She settled down a little and I spent the night on the floor next to her. She did try and bite her stiches a few times during the night but was there to stop her.

She's had a bit to eat this morning and is much more lively so the next week or so will be trying to keep her calm enough that she doesn't knock her stiches.

Overall we are please with how it went and hopefull she will be with us for some time yet.

Thank you all for your kind wishes and i'll keep you updated happy
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Post by Caryll on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:20 am

That's really good news! I'm so glad that the lumps all seem to be innocuous, that must be such a weight off your mind.

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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by Eleanor on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:51 am

That's great! happy

I'll bet that's a load off your mind!
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by Shisa on Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:24 am

thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up
Heal quickly Oreo.
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by Lorraine on Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:37 pm

Good news! happy
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by LyndaW on Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:51 pm

Oh that's great news (sigh of relief all round).

Get well soon Oreo, grow your fur back and forget about the whole thing! hug
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by Dave on Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:53 pm

Hello and welcome from me and the kids , pleased to hear you have had some good news happy
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by tracyp on Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:59 pm

hug Loads of hugs will have her back to herself in no time.
so glad to hear she is doing well.
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:32 pm

Really angry at the minute.

We were checking her stitches and notice the original lump is still there. We thought at first It could be related to where she was cut open but the lump is about 2 inches from where the cut was made.

So so upset as it probably means she'll have to go under again!

My and my partner are in tears at the moment at the thought of Oreo having to go though it all again!
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Post by tracyp on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:39 pm

I understand your anger! hug I would feel exactly the same...But wait for the pathology results.

My girl has lumps everywhere but pathology showed all ok. Just take a breath, wait, & kisses cure anything till you get the results. love
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by LyndaW on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:42 pm

Could it be a fluid lump caused by the body's reaction to the recent surgery?
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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:47 pm

It could be i suppose but it's about two inches away from the wound.

It is also in an unshaved area as well and it's the same area.

I'm pretty sure it the original lump but I am hoping it is just fluid.

As for the test results the vet didn't deem it necessary to send the lumps of for further testing.
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Post by LyndaW on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:52 pm

Well, try not to fret about it tonight, but ask your vet tomorrow - it should be treated as aftercare so shouldn't be charged extra.

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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:56 pm

LyndaW wrote:Well, try not to fret about it tonight, but ask your vet tomorrow - it should be treated as aftercare so shouldn't be charged extra.  


Thank you. It's not the money, I'd pay whatever.

It's the thought of her going under again.

I am fretting I guess, just hope it's fluid but I suspect it's not.

Thanks for listening to me rant happy
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Post by LyndaW on Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:01 pm

No problem, it helps to rant when you're anxious.

But realistically there is nothing you can do tonight, so do try to relax and wait until the morning, contact the vet and take it from there ..............

Good luck! hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug
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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:55 am

Vet isn't in until Monday.

The nurse spoke to me and said its unusual it would have been missed and that it might not be the original lump.

We've got an appointment on Monday anyway for a check up and we can talk it through then.

I'm just so frustrated as I feel like I've let the dog down. I'm 90% sure it's the original lump as it's just below her collar and the shaved area starts a bit lower than that.

I get that mistakes happen so I'm trying to be calm about it all.

Nothing I can do until Monday now though.

As for Oreo she's had a pretty good night. Back to her usual bouncing self this morning, it's going to be difficult keeping her calm with no walks for the next few days.

Her wounds are healing nicely even at this early stage.

Off out in a bit to get some coconut oil ready for when she's better

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Post by Eleanor on Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:58 am

I have my fingers crossed for you! hug

It'll be awful if poor Oreo has to go through that again! Hopefully it's just a fluid lump!
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Post by LyndaW on Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:02 pm

Doh, isn't it always the way that these happen at the weekend `- grrrr.

Keep up the getting-better regime Oreo, and good luck for Monday hug
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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:39 am

Oh my what a weekend of worrying.

Ok so my partner took Oreo to the vet this morning for her check up but to also discuss this lump.

Now the vet was called into an emergency so the Nurse took a look at the stiches and all three areas are healing nicely. There is a little bit of fluid on one, but they think this will reduce over time.

My partner opted to wait for the vet and has just finished with her. The vet aparently was really disapointed that she had missed this lump. She was very apologetic and seemed really upset that it was missed.

She has taken some of the cells out via a fine needle and has aparently looked at the cells under a microscope. She advised that this lump is just a fatty lump and that rather than put Oreo through another operation at this stage, just keep an eye on it.

I am upset that she has missed the oportunity to remove it, however I am relieved that it isn't cancer and more relieved Oreo doesn't need another operation at this stage. Obviously, if other lumps appear then she can look to have it removed then perhaps.

She is due her stiches out next Monday and will probably chat through with the vet how we plan to deal with any future lumps given Oreo's age etc.

But at the moment it all appears ok, and the bonus is she will have her stitches out for Christmas and will have a reason to wear her Christmas jumper wink
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by tracyp on Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:47 am

Chris, that is just wonderful news! Glad she is doing well. love
My girl is 12 in march. She has many lumps of all sizes. I have had a biopsy done on each of them as I find them. I do not want to put her under unless I absolutely have to... so I know where you are coming from. If it is just a fatty lump that is over the muscle she will be fine. Its only if it's malignant or under the muscle she will have a problem.

Wishing her (& you) a lovely xmas with far too many doggie treats. hug
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by Eleanor on Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:17 pm

Great news! happy I'm so happy that there's nothing to worry about!

Lipomas often develop in clusters, which is a nuisance, but at least it's a weight off your shoulders to know that nothing's metastasised!
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by Lorraine on Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:30 pm

Good news happy
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Re: Hello all, new here :)

Post by LyndaW on Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:32 pm

That's great news - I'm so glad to hear it.

Keep getting better Oreo !
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