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tjfizz 12-21-2012 10:38 AM

That growth between the toes
 
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Hi all. First post(s)

I found this forum because I landed on a thread which discussed a woman and her dog with a similar affliction as my Lee.

Lee is a Swiss Shepherd (commonly mis-titled as a White German Shepherd or other strange origins) The pure white relative to the German Shepherd.

Fast, sensitive, strong and probably the most attentive and obedient dog I have ever known.

Anyway. The other day while playing fetch in the snow, we noticed a bit of blood on Lee's foot. This is not to terribly uncommon as when she plays, she gives her all. she has had small cuts and such before from thorns and sticks on the ground. So we stopped her and took a look.

What we found was quite unsettling. see attachment

tjfizz 12-21-2012 10:49 AM

moving on.. The growth had the size and feel of a Lima bean. and was extruding out the side of one of her toes. The blood that we saw was because of the playing in the icy snow, the tip of the growth was scraped and hence, bleeding.

Well, that was it for playing that day. when we got her home, she didnt seem bugged by us fumbling the growth.. except of course where it was scratched.

So we stopped to process it all and decide the next course of action. You can imagine that the appearance alone struck fear.

It was a long weekend.

I decided to do some research online. (I landed on this forum in one of my searches)

The reason I am writing this is because there are apparently Many causes of a growth on the foot. Could be a Blood Blister, an Ingrown Hair, a Tick, a Tumor, a Cyst, a Wart.. I have found and read so much..

Treatments have ranged between 'Leave it Alone' to 'Put the dog to sleep'.. Hemeroid creams, Ice Cubes, food additives.. man.. it was killing me waiting till the Vet was back.

JeanKBBMMMAAN 12-21-2012 10:53 AM

Did you get to see the vet? Nice pictures of the foot - welcome to the board!

tjfizz 12-21-2012 11:01 AM

We finally got to the Vet. an established and competent Vet.

He looked at it and was not sure what it was. He had his thoughts but wanted to be sure instead of making assumptions.

He got out a needle and did a biopsy. seemed a bit dry (in my opinion) but he finally was able to retrieve a bit of contents out and had them sent to the lab.

So you can imagine that the next few days were torture (for us.. Lee didn't seem to care)

Yesterday, we called the Vet as planned for the results. Tumor was the word.
and possibly malignant.

well.... I don't need to tell you that we were devastated. He said, that the afflicted toe needed to go.. like now.. So we went in this morning per appointment. She was sedated, then X-rayed first. The point of the X-ray was to check the chest. Apparently, if the tumor had begun to spread, the first place it would lay it's hooks would be in the lungs. But lucky for us, the X-ray showed a proud, strong and healthy 6 year old.

So. the toe was removed. The operation was fine and now Lee is slowly coming around from the anesthesia back in our living room. The toe will be sent to the lab to do a more thorough analysis, so we are waiting on that..

tjfizz 12-21-2012 11:12 AM

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The reason I am sharing this story is quite simple.

A. because it might help anyone who seems to be dealing with the same thing.
B. a reminder that of the thousands of websites claiming medical or veterinarian expertise, NOTHING is better than a trip to a competent Vet to get a solid answer and a planned way ahead.

Lee will be back up and running in no time. just have to deal with the wound for a few weeks.. but if I had wasted time trying some of the snake-oil remedies on some of those sites (not this one) who knows what the next weeks would have produced.

Something wrong with your dog... GO TO THE VET.. I would rather the Vet be $30 richer for nothing than me 1 Lee poorer for nothing.

Thanks for listening.

Abby142 12-21-2012 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by tjfizz (Post 2660899)
But lucky for us, the X-ray showed a proud, strong and healthy 6 year old.

Sorry to hear that it was a tumor, but so glad that it hadn't spread to the lungs! Sending healing thoughts to your sweet Lee! Such a pretty dog too :wub:

1sttimeforgsd 12-21-2012 12:08 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your beautiful Lee. Thanks for sharing your story with us. :)

Mary Jane 12-21-2012 12:43 PM

All best wishes for a complete recovery for your pretty girl and good health for years to come.

Thanks for your words of wisdom,

MJ

Anubis_Star 12-23-2012 05:24 AM

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Originally Posted by tjfizz (Post 2660906)
The reason I am sharing this story is quite simple.

A. because it might help anyone who seems to be dealing with the same thing.
B. a reminder that of the thousands of websites claiming medical or veterinarian expertise, NOTHING is better than a trip to a competent Vet to get a solid answer and a planned way ahead.

Lee will be back up and running in no time. just have to deal with the wound for a few weeks.. but if I had wasted time trying some of the snake-oil remedies on some of those sites (not this one) who knows what the next weeks would have produced.

Something wrong with your dog... GO TO THE VET.. I would rather the Vet be $30 richer for nothing than me 1 Lee poorer for nothing.

Thanks for listening.

I can not tell you, as a certified vet tech, how much I LOVE to hear these words.

I don't know where all the crazy stories and myths come from that I see not only on this board but out in public, but no most vets are NOT incompetent fools out to steal all your money. Every single vet I've ever worked with cared greatly for animals, tried to help out owners in need with financial concerns as much as possible, and if they were truly stumped by a case referred to a specialist.

When people call me and ask if they should go to the vet, I tell them "If YOU were having the described symptoms, would YOU go to the doctor?"

MaggieRoseLee 12-23-2012 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Abby142 (Post 2660939)
Sorry to hear that it was a tumor, but so glad that it hadn't spread to the lungs! Sending healing thoughts to your sweet Lee! Such a pretty dog too :wub:

So good to hear you did go to the vet and with such a potentially great outcome. Your dog won't even miss that toe after a few months.

GREAT REMINDER that even though we all have alot of knowledge and experience if you have any doubts it should be off to the vets ASAP to really get a handle on the issue. Bad problems don't get better over time, only worse, so it's worth the price of a visit to confirm the difference and get some peace of mind.

:wub:


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