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Her lump

March 26th, 2007, 01:30 PM

My dog, she is 10.5 year-old schnauzer. Since she was 7 years-old, she has the big lump on her chest. It is big. We went to see a couple of vets in my own country. They saw the X-ray of her chest; they said it is a fat tissue lump. The size of the lump gets bigger or smaller by her weight. Since we moved to Vancouver, we took her to see one vet in Richmond. She had a blood test, and the vet said she basically is fine, just a little bit liver problem. He saw the lump and said he has no idea what is that, but suggested me to have it cut.

Now, she is my baby, of course I want her live happily ever. But, is that necessary now? Or it is a good lump that does no harm to her. (Don't know if it is right expression to say that. Forgive my English.)

And, how much is it gonna cost me? I talked to the vet assistant and she happened to be Taiwanese too. She told me operation starts at 400, but it depends on how long it takes the vet to do it.

And, should I put pet insurance? My neighbor who has a dog said, it is not that worth to have pet insurance, because some major things that insurance doesn't really cover.

I just got here with my dogs. It is so overwhelming.

March 26th, 2007, 03:02 PM
Is there a specialist or perhaps a second opinion here (assuming you had it done in another country?) You say it doesn't affect her at all? How big is the growth/lump?


March 26th, 2007, 04:06 PM
Hi, Cinday

no, I didn't have her lump done yet. It just stays the same or by her weight.
She doesn't feel any pain with it. When I touch it, she is totally ok with me.
The lump is about 7cm long to 4 cm depth. She is totally fine with walking, and running, and lying down.

I have her son with her, and his chest is flat, so we can see that she has the lump. Or We should go to see another vet? Also, she is 10.5. Would that kind of operation be too much for her age?

March 26th, 2007, 09:31 PM
My sisters dog (a beautiful lab border collie cross), had a huge lump as well. I had taken her to my vet for my sister, as she didn't have that much faith in hers, to see if removing the lump was possible in a dog over 15. My vet had every faith that it was just a fat deposit, and that it could indeed be removed from the dog regardless of her age. She was strong and healthy, she felt the dog would have no problems with the operation. It wasn't inexpensive, I can't remember how much it was at the time, but my sister could not afford it. Tera lived to be the ripe old age of 18, lump and all. It looked unsightly, but it didn't seem to bother her movement or anything, hers was on her back right hip and it was really large.


March 27th, 2007, 06:53 PM
I would take her for a second opinion before having the surgery, take the x-rays that you had done. If it is just a fatty tumor, and it doesn't bother her, there is really no need to remove it. But if it is some other kind of tumor, it may need to come out. (Your English is just fine)