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Old 07-01-2009, 11:48 PM
 
Location: James Island, SC
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Same here - my housemate's black lab has had a number of lumps. They've been harmless aside from preventing range of motion/mobility. They've been surgically removed for the dog's comfort, but not because they were dangerous.

But definitely see the vet. Good luck!
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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My guess is that it's probably a harmless lipoma. But a cancerous mass won't necessarily be painful and won't necessarily cause any other signs until the cancer is very advanced. Given the size, I think I'd have it aspirated sooner rather than later if it were me.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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I will add make sure they do an aspiration of it. When I took Jazz in to have her lump looked at my regular vet was not there so one of the other vets looked at it. Right away she said "Oh that is a cyst" I said "Really? Because I don't think it is" and she assured me that I would see when she did the aspiration the syringe would fill with fluid and she was ceratin when she looked at the slides there would be no cancer. I had a gut feeling she was wrong. She stuck the needle in and had to pull back pretty hard to get anything so no it was not fluid filled. Yet she still assured me it would be nothing. I barely got home and got a phone call saying she had seen abnormal cells so was sending it to the pathologist. It was a soft tissue sarcoma, A nerve sheath sarcoma to be exact so make sure an aspiration is done.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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So it's been 3 weeks since my original post, and in that time I've found 4 other lumps on Bandit. I was staying pretty calm about it all until Wednesday when I discovered #5. I had a dreadful dream Wednesday night -- in the dream, Bandit had chewed all the fur off his body and his skin underneath was like chicken skin, and it was covered in these fleshy nodules and oozing protuberances -- so called and made the appointment and we went today. The doctor (new to us; the vet I go to has about 6 vets and I'd never met this one) felt the lumps, was able to isolate them, and took aspirations of all 5. Bandit was a champ. He just lay there and let her stick all those needles into him. (I did ask them to bring me some ice cubes once he started panting. He's epileptic, and overheating and stress are two main triggers. With all three of us...the vet, the tech, and myself...leaning all over him and doing invasive things, I figured he was in the danger zone.)

The vet checked all the samples under the microscope and they were all textbook cases of benign fatty tumors.

So I guess the official diagnosis is that Bandit has ADS: Aging Dog Syndrome. Ha! He's almost 8 years old and weighs 75 pounds, so that makes him about 60 in human years. As my Mama always says, old age ain't for sissies! Guess that counts for dogs as well. And dog-mamas.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:38 PM
 
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Whew, you (and Bandit, of course) dodged the bullet. Am very happy for you both. Now you can relax and you can have a good wkend. What a relief ;-)
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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Thanks for the update - glad Bandit is feeling ok!
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Glad to hear that the bumps are not serious. It is still worth having any new bumps checked out as you never know and in the case of Jazz's nerve sheath sarcoma getting it off ASAP was very important. I hope you feel better now that you know what Bandit's bumps are.
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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Great news! I always go under the assumption a vet visit is never wasted.
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