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My Dog's Giant Tumor
« on: February 21, 2014, 08:02:33 PM »
So here's the screenshot of the vet's post on facebook about it. Then I posted just the pictures. Like I said, the tumor didn't encompass any of his organs so it came out in one clean chunk and that is just the tumor. She had the theory that maybe he was never neutered (I got him as a rescue so we don't know his early medical records), that maybe these were testicles that never descended and grew into a cancerous mass.

Pre-surgery he weighed 47 lbs and post he's 38 lbs.







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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 09:19:54 PM »
That is one tough dog :P

I bet he's up about now as if nothing happened.

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014, 09:20:55 PM »
That couldn't have been cheap.
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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2014, 09:38:49 PM »
That is one tough dog :P

I bet he's up about now as if nothing happened.
He's a little wobbly on his feet sometimes but that's probably the meds. He gets pain medication once a day and antibiotics. He had a cough too and she was a little worried that it might be cancer in his lungs, but I told her he usually has one when he's shedding a lot. She thought it might be allergies then so he's taking benadryl too and he hasn't been coughing which is a good sign for his lungs.

Other than that, he thinks everything is fine. He even tried to jump in the car when we brought him home. He's terrible with the cone though. He keeps bumping into everything and scraping it along the ground.

That couldn't have been cheap.
I did set up a credit line, but it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be. She's a great vet. She took him to her house overnight rather than set him up at an emergency place and didn't charge me for the x-rays that were too dark or light. Of course, the expenses aren't over yet. We have a check up tomorrow and his sutures will be removed next week.

And it helps that my tax return was large.

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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2014, 12:22:52 AM »
He had a cough too and she was a little worried that it might be cancer in his lungs, but I told her he usually has one when he's shedding a lot. She thought it might be allergies then so he's taking benadryl too and he hasn't been coughing which is a good sign for his lungs.
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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2014, 04:55:38 AM »
cancer balls.
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2014, 11:57:24 AM »
You didn't know your dog had a tumour the size of its head or you were waiting until it was large enough that you might get your picture in the local paper?  >:(

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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2014, 12:14:19 PM »
It just seemed like he was gaining weight. Because he's a senior we take him to the vet every 6 months. Nothing weird showed up in his blood levels. It must have grown very fast because he was around 42 lbs during his last check up. I did notice he felt bloated a couple weeks ago, but that's all I thought it was since he never acted strangely. The only indication was him peeing inside.

And it was much larger than his head.

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2014, 01:06:32 PM »
My dog had a tumor removed the size of a rugby ball, it's not easy to notice.

The only point where I knew something was wrong was when she yelped after stroking her stomach.

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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2014, 01:07:48 PM »
That's not a tumor. That's a tumour.
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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2014, 01:17:07 PM »
My dog had a tumor removed the size of a rugby ball, it's not easy to notice.

The only point where I knew something was wrong was when she yelped after stroking her stomach.
I wish mine would have yelped. I might have known sooner.

Was hers benign or cancerous?

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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2014, 05:41:56 PM »
Fortunately it was benign.

I can't imagine how much pain she would have been in; she never really yelped so when she did I knew there was something seriously wrong.

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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2014, 12:15:11 AM »
A friend had a similar situation with his dog.  He was rubbing his head on the dog's belly when the dog yelped and bit him on the nose.  He wanted to put the dog down because of that, but I had a feeling that something was wrong because I knew that the dog wasn't mean like that.  His wife talked him into taking the dog to the vet where they found a rather large tumor.
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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2014, 12:22:37 AM »
Damn, well my dog must really be one tough son of a bitch.

I would place my hand on his stomach to steady him while I stretched out his hind legs every morning for his stiff hip. I would pet his stomach. I would hug around his torso. Every time it rained we would towel him off everywhere. I brushed him frequently, especially around the side of his belly where he sheds a lot. I even felt and prodded his sides when I thought he felt bloated. Literally, no sounds.

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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2014, 01:32:33 AM »
I think that sometimes it's a matter of touching them just right for it to bother them.
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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2014, 07:43:56 AM »
This tumor was his entire stomach. I don't think it was a matter of touching it in the right way since I was basically petting, brushing, and grabbing a tumor for the last 6 months.

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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2014, 07:14:17 PM »
That tumor's larger than either of my dogs.
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2014, 08:59:10 PM »
Damn, well my dog must really be one tough son of a bitch.

I tortured him every day.
Literally, no sounds.
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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2014, 02:12:42 AM »
Damn, well my dog must really be one tough son of a bitch.

I tortured him every day.
Literally, no sounds.
>:(
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Re: My Dog's Giant Tumor
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2014, 02:36:12 AM »
We got the results back on Chevy's tumor today. It was malignant but it's a type of tumor that if you get it all out then it won't come back, but it also could have started to move to other organs before it was removed. They say it's a "cautiously optimistic" outcome. He may or may not still have cancer.