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My dog has a huge lump on her neck

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Ugh - we discovered it last Thursday, vet did a fine needle aspirate on Friday. Results didn't come in before weekend. On Sunday one side of her mouth looked puffy so I took her to emergency thinking this must be an infection and we should get her on abx. That vet said it was probably just due to the big lump causing problems w/ drainage and to wait for the FNA results. It's not an absess. It's very firm - the vet said like cartilage.

Monday - results were inconclusive - Tuesday, vet put a drain in the lump, did a biopsy, found another smaller lump deeper inside.

She looks HORRIBLE - all shaved and raw with a big plastic tube coming out 2 different holes occasionally dripping blood. Plus some stitches.

She's never been sick - I have no experience w/ vets - I'm wondering now if we did the right thing. It looks like he butchered her - seriously I took pictures, it's horrifying.

Now we wait for biopsy results. She's ate and drank a bit and is sleeping with her big cone around her neck. She's on abx and rimadyl.

Any advice??
post #2 of 15
what breed and how old? are they thinking lymphoma? : i hope she's better soon and that it's just something simple.
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Don't know much about dogs. Sending you some hugs though
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Originally Posted by k9rider View Post
what breed and how old? are they thinking lymphoma? : i hope she's better soon and that it's just something simple.

She's 11 tomorrow - lab & chow. They don't think it's lymphoma because it's just in that one spot. Ugh - she hates that cone around her head.
post #5 of 15

chow

If she doesn't bother the biopsy site, you can take it off.There is another type of collar that looks like a neck brace. They look like they need a lawyer, but they don't bump into things.

As for the lump, let us know the diagnosis. Some cancers can be removed with a surgery and dogs can do very well.
Guess they don't think it's a hematoma since they did a biopsy.
Hey, maybe it was just an allergic reaction to a bite. Think positive.

Let us know how it goes.

Tabitha
post #6 of 15

I know it must be nerve-wracking...

anything "lumpy" just doesn't sound good does it?

I don't know if this will help or not but.....my GS/Akita mix had what they called a "fatty tumor" (benign) for many years. Last summer it went cancerous and they told us in Oct. of '05 that he had only weeks to live. Well, he lived another 11 months with good quality of life and died peacefully at home on Sept. 11th. My point is even if the news is the worst there may be options to extend life with good quality.

I will hope for the best for you and your pet.
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Originally Posted by erikandgregsmom View Post
My point is even if the news is the worst there may be options to extend life with good quality.
this is a good point - I mean she is 11 so even in the best of health she would only live a few more years. ()

BUT - she is in pretty good spirits considering and her appetite is really good - I've been spoiling her with chicken soup and rice and other various treats.

thanks everyone - we should have the biopsy results tomorrow.
post #8 of 15
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crap - it's lymphosarcoma :
post #9 of 15
Puppies and kittens are often vaccinated between the shoulders, at the scruff of the neck. This is a site for later development of soft tissue sarcomas, like this one .

Was your dog a shelter puppy, or otherwise vaccinated?

I'm so sorry.
post #10 of 15
Oh jaye, I'm so sorry.

I know how much you love her. I lost my beloved beagle of 13 years to lymphosarcoma. I'm so sorry. I'm here if you want to talk.
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I'm sorry....... :
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I'm so sorry, Jaye

do they say there's anything they can do?
post #14 of 15
I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking about you and your pup.
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