sea4th Posted September 8, 2004 Report Share Posted September 8, 2004 Two weeks ago I brought back home a border collie. She is almost 15 yrs. old. About six weeks ago, the person who she lived with noticed a swelling on the side of her face and assumed it was an abcessed tooth, even though the dog continued to eat with no problems. It turns out it a rapidly growing tumor on the side of her cheek that could have been easily removed had it been caught in the first week, but the by the time I was able to get the dog, three weeks later, the tumor was so big that removal and resectioning of the area presents as much of a danger as the tumor itself. So we sit and wait now for this dog to die. Her heart is strong, she loves to eat and other than the tumor is in great shape. A couple of weeks ago, she began to drool. The tumor is bleeding from the inside and the drool is more blood than saliva. There is also an odor---nectrotic tissue(?) is what I think my vet said. We agreed that surgery would not be a good idea at this time and while she's doing well, eating and enjoying life, then she can spend her days dozing under my bed or outside in the sunshine. But other than not eating, what can I expect? My vet said that the bleeding might lead to anemia. (I didn't think to ask at the time what the symptoms of anemia in a dog are). Is this tumor likely to burst? My vet said it might get to the point where she can no longer close her mouth. It's not in a position where it would send runners into the brain and kill her that way. Her face is disfigured by this tumor, but at this point in time---that's it. Her weight is ideal, her coat is looking great. She loves to eat---- and I know it's a death watch right now, but I'm wondering what to expect. Thanks. Vicki Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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