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Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by Forlorn, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. Forlorn

    Forlorn Boxer Booster

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    So I took Farah into the vets today because the bump on her butt changed size/color a little bit recently and yesterday it was bleeding (she's licking it a lot). The vet said that it was wart like but recommended having it removed and sent off to a lab. At the cost of $674 ouch. I have money saved up so I could do that but not sure if it's worth it at that price tag..I'm torn.

    here's what it looks like - https://imgur.com/a/4YzBn
     
  2. Jan

    Jan Reasonable Moderator Staff Member

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    You could always get a second opinion. :)
     
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    That's true. This wasn't my usual vet at my clinic and I could also try going somewhere different entirely if I had to.
     
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    Jan Reasonable Moderator Staff Member

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    If it was me, I never send something away to be tested. It just costs extra money. Unless you can afford to give Chemo, which is very expensive, I would rather not know if it was cancer. :( Good luck!
     
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    In my mind, I always weigh the cost vs. the age of the dog and what you are willing to do for the dog of said age. I have no idea how old Farah is but I can tell you that Sammie was 10ish when she started having problems out of the blue. I loved my Sammie with all my heart and I would have done ANYTHING for her but I know that I would not put a 10 year old boxer through extensive tests or chemo or anything like that. I decided against any extensive testing beyond the normal blood-work and such that told us everything was "normal." She passed peacefully in her sleep after a week of home hospice care by me.

    With that said, when she was 5 she had knee surgery and it gave her another 5-6 years of a very happy boxer burning life running through the yard. The first attempt at surgery almost killed her and I was scared to send her to the second attempt but good doctors and a patient anesthesiologist eased my mind and gave her a second chance. When she was 5 she needed that surgery but when she was 10 it would have been cruel. Trust your gut. You know you furbaby.
     
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    Forlorn Boxer Booster

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    Farah will turn 8 in April. I'd like to think she has a good 4-5 years left but our fur babies always get taken from us way too soon :( The bump still looks angry and bleeds a little a week later so it's looking like I might have to get it removed even if it is benign.
     
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    Jan Reasonable Moderator Staff Member

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    If the lump is bleeding, you obviously need to do something. I would just have it removed as cheaply as possibly, but that is just me. :) Good luck with your decision. I am sending positive healing vibes to Farah! ------->>>>>>
     
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    Forlorn Boxer Booster

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    Farah not only got the growth on her butt removed today but a small lump on her back as well. The latter is something I noticed October of last year but the vet then had just said it was probably a harmless sebaceous cyst. I traveled a bit of a distance to go to an old vet for a second opinion and he said that he might as well take care of both while she was under. So far she's ok. A little groggy and out of it but doing alright. Hoping she heals ok and that the test results on the growths don't show anything scary.
     
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    Jan Reasonable Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope Farah recovers quickly and the tests come back negative. :)
    Good luck!
     
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    joeys mom Boxer Insane

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    I hope Farah is back to normal in no time :)
     
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