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08-21-2014 09:49 AM
Bridget Thanks for the info. I hope it isn't a mast cell tumor, and will keep an eye on it, as well as Heidi's overall condition. Thanks.
08-20-2014 11:39 PM
Colie CVT There's nothing wrong with that at her age. Some people like to know what it is, just so they know, some people will go all out regardless of the dog's age (we took out a liver lobe that had a tumor in an 18 year old lab mix once) and others just want their dog to enjoy their golden years. Nothing wrong with any of those things.

With it having been small, then disappeared and came back again slightly bigger, my money would actually be on a Mast Cell tumor because they tend to wax and wane in size depending on if something makes them upset or not. My first dog had one taken off of the back of her neck when she was about 9.5 years old. First time I found it and another lump in front of her leg I was afraid it was lymphoma. Turned out it was a lipoma and the mast cell tumor. They don't tend to cause mets if they are lower grade and deep surgical resection is the treatment generally. Some can't be removed however. Just tossing it out since that's kind of what it sounds like, but it could just be nothing anyway.

You always know your dog best and should always do what is best for your dog.
08-20-2014 10:28 PM
readaboutdogs I with the others. Cody used to get the fatty bumps too, I had the vet check them when we'd go in for other stuff and pretty much as long as not bothering him we let those go. Clipper developed a hard lump on his ribs, cancer, we did have it checked but I did not have him go thru chemo or surgery. He was a little over 12 and I would not put either thru all that at their ages. Cody was almost 12 with what they said was probable osteosarcoma in his back leg. He had stopped eating except very "high value" food and lost a lot of weight along with other problems. He was in pain. Clipper on the other hand had good appitite and didn't seem to be in a lot of pain. We opted to keep him comfortable with meds. My thoughts are with you with this part of your journey together.
08-20-2014 09:42 PM
astrovan2487
Good idea

Sounds like you are doing the right thing. My 14 and 7 month old GSD Shasta has always had lumps on her, just fatty tumors as far as I know. Years ago I took her to the vet and had one cut out, Shasta was traumatized and had a gaping, open wound on her for days, not worth the stress/pain to her at all. They usually open up and go away on their own. I was told that if they are not painful to the dog and just on the surface of the skin and not connected to anything than they are not much to worry about.
08-20-2014 09:42 AM
pyratemom Like everyone else, I do not think you are terrible. You are just making her last days more comfortable than they would be with needles and vet visits and possible treatments of other types. When I had to take Pyrate in I knew he was ready. The vet told me he could keep him going for a few more days if I wanted to but I told him no and I just wanted Pyrate to have some dignity when he went. Sloppy kisses and tail wags from Raina for you. Hugs from me.
08-20-2014 09:31 AM
Bridget Thanks. Diane, my condolescenses on the passing of your aussie. I must have missed any posts about his loss.
08-19-2014 09:03 PM
selzer Yes, I agree with your plan. I think this is the hardest part of dog ownership.
08-19-2014 08:05 PM
Romany I too agree,not easy for you as a GSD owner.
I went through something like that with my girl Libby.
As much as it hurt me,I did what was best for Her by letting Her go.
As many others have said here,your GSD will let you know when it's time.
Your doing the right thing by keeping Her comfortable and Stress free.
08-19-2014 06:24 PM
JakodaCD OA bridget if your a terrible dog owner than I am to

My male aussie was diagnosed in November with a tumor around his heart/cancerous, he was healthy as a horse up until that time, he was 13 years old, I opted to not go the chemo route, because frankly, the chemo would probably make it worse than it was. I medicated ALOT, unfortunately he passed away Jan 2. well I should say I put him down, difficulty breathing, stopped eating..I wasn't going to have his last months full of vet visits, tho he didn't mind, full of pokes and prodding..

I agree with what your doing
08-19-2014 05:26 PM
Bridget Sounds like good advice from your vet. Sometimes Heidi acts like she could have either dementia or hearing loss, but we are pretty sure she is just getting even more stubborn!

The other day, she was laying on her side, still as can be. She seemed to be barely breathing, didn't respond when I said her name. I was beginning to panic and thought she was dying. My husband said "Heidi, want a treat?" And she jumped up and ran for the kitchen!
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