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My Lu, the mutt, has a lump in her breast. She's probably about 8 or 9- shelter dog, so no exact idea. She's been spayed since June '04, but she'd had a litter of pups shortly before that- she was just barely dry when she got to the shelter. I found a lump, about 1" x 2" in one of Lu's semi-floppy teats. I don't know how I missed it- she loves belly rubs & gets them often. It is in the same spot that she tore herself open on something several years ago. She tore through several layers of skin & fat, and had a bunch of staples.

 

We're headed to the vet first thing Monday morning. I'm so very worried. I don't really have the money for an expensive treatment, but I'd find it somehow. Lu has been my dog from the moment I first saw her skinny, ratty self. I figured we'd have a good 10 years together & she'd grow old & grey with me. I don't quite know what I'll do if I lose that. I'm hoping for good- or at least reasonably treatable- news on Monday.

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I am hoping for a good diagnosis and outlook for Lu (and you). Don't be overly worried (easy enough for me to say) because there are many lumps that are not a problem.

 

Very best wishes!

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It's definitely a tumor. The vet sent a needle aspiration to a pathology lab to identify what type it is. Should have results tomorrow.

 

It'll have to come out, in any case. Lu wasn't running a fever, she's acting normal, and has no other signs of being sick. Vet said chances are reasonable it's a benign lump.

 

Thanks for the thoughts. Lu is handling things far better than I am...

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It's definitely a tumor. The vet sent a needle aspiration to a pathology lab to identify what type it is. Should have results tomorrow.

 

It'll have to come out, in any case. Lu wasn't running a fever, she's acting normal, and has no other signs of being sick. Vet said chances are reasonable it's a benign lump.

 

Thanks for the thoughts. Lu is handling things far better than I am...

Hang in there. Scooter had a lump too a few years ago. Needle aspiration showed nothing and it eventually went away on it's own. I know how nerve wracking this can be though. Good thoughts being sent your way.

 

Pam

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The news right now is not good. Not terrible, but not good.

 

Lu has a mammary carcinoma. She's headed for surgery on Weds morning. If this is the only lump, she should be fine. If it's moved into her lymph nodes or lungs, prognosis is not good.

 

Lu, of course, seems to think nothing at all is wrong. We went to the beach yesterday, and she spent the whole time happily finding icky things to roll in & dead crabs to eat... She HATES going to the vet, and it'll be stressful on Wed, but hopefully they won't have to keep her overnight.

 

Thanks for the thoughts & mojo :rolleyes:

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Lots of good thoughts! I've known several dogs who had mammary tumors, sometimes multiples, and all did fabulously after surgery to remove the tumor(s).

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