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I took my boy to the vet yesterday to have her reinspect a lump on the top of one of his hind feet, that I noticed on the 30th (about a week and a half ago). He's not lame because of it..he doesn't mind when someone pokes around on it. The first time we went in, she wasn't sure, but said it felt like a swollen tendon. Perhaps he smacked the foot on something. (Wouldn't be surprised, as he's quite the accident prone pup.) Well, the thing had gotten bigger within a week of seeing her, so I took him back. She was surprised, stating that it still felt superficial, pliable. She didn't seem overly worried until she tried sticking a needle in it, and got nothing. So, she suggested a biopsy.

Now, biopsy screams "cancer" to me. I expressed this to her, and she told me that a tumor was the lowest option on her list, but we had to make sure. A biopsy is the only 100% way to know. The thing is, he's barely a year old! I know its still possible, but how likely would that be?? I'm absolutely terrified. He's just started his life. He's so happy and healthy, it just wouldn't be fair. Has anyone experienced cancer in a dog this young? If so, what was the outcome? I would appreciate any input.
 

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yes, but the biopsy is so damn expensive. $600 (at the low end) to have a superficial 2 cm lump removed and biopsied. does that sound right to anyone? i mean, whatever it takes, it just sounds awfully high to me.
 

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What does that $600 include? Surely it is not just for the biopsy. Are they going to remove it surgically? I'd get a second opinion first. If the second opinion is the same results than being such a young dog I would definitely have it done. Cancer is possible at any age. We just had a 2 year old GSD come in for swelling in one leg. X-ray looks like possible bone cancer. Doc is sending the x-rays and dog to a specialist. Good luck to you and your pup with whatever your decision is. Let us know what happens.
 

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Can you bring your dog to another vet to get a second opinion?

Just reminds me of one of our dogs we brought to the vet because his toenail was growing in a wierd way, and he was in discomfort. Vet never saw it before, and sent my hubby home with pain meds. I don't like masking a problem, especially when I don't know what it is.

We went to another vet that was 45 minutes away - they knew what it was. It was diagnosed and treated.

I'm not saying don't do the biopsy - but see what another vet says.
 

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well, i went to another vet, and she did a needle aspiration. she stained it in house and examined it under a microscope (something his normal vet doesn't do). her words were, "i am not a trained pathologist, but i know what neoplastic (cancerous) cells look like, and there were none." she said all of the cells looked inflammatory. she still wants to do surgery, seeing as the lump hasn't gone down with anti-inflammatories, and now steroids. she thinks there's something stuck in it..like the stinger from a bee or something similar, hence it not going down. the same surgery/biopsy there costs $250-350. so, a giant load off my mind and wallet.

..in response to agility collie mom, yes. the $600 included surgery and biopsy. still ridiculously high in my opinion, especially seeing the costs elsewhere.
 

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That's good news! Are you going to have this vet do the surgery or see if your regular one will do it a little cheaper? Keep us posted on how he does. If only we could read their minds...wait, they may not be such a good idea...then we would know what they thought of us silly two-legged creatures! ;)
 

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well, i went to another vet, and she did a needle aspiration. she stained it in house and examined it under a microscope (something his normal vet doesn't do). her words were, "i am not a trained pathologist, but i know what neoplastic (cancerous) cells look like, and there were none." she said all of the cells looked inflammatory. she still wants to do surgery, seeing as the lump hasn't gone down with anti-inflammatories, and now steroids. she thinks there's something stuck in it..like the stinger from a bee or something similar, hence it not going down. the same surgery/biopsy there costs $250-350. so, a giant load off my mind and wallet.

..in response to agility collie mom, yes. the $600 included surgery and biopsy. still ridiculously high in my opinion, especially seeing the costs elsewhere.
I'm thrilled to hear that your second opinion was great news! Yes, I agree that the cost of the surgery ($600) was very high. Glad that you are having the lump removed. We had a young dog in with a small lump on her head. Doc removed it yesterday. I was kidding the owner telling her that she won't recognize her dog anymore without her little lump. She laughed and agreed. Let us know how the surgery goes.
 

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Well, a brief update. Mason goes in for surgery tomorrow morning, to have the lump removed from his foot. It's increased some in size, but still not bothering him. Even though the needle aspirate was all inflammatory, there is still a chance that it could be cancerous. (Some tumors have inflammatory portions.) I'm hoping the biopsy results come back rather quickly. I'll be on pins and needles until they do :(
 

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So, I got a call from the vet around 11:45 today. He's out of surgery and doing okay, but she said the mass was pretty well infiltrated into the surrounding tissue and down between his digits. Something tells me this isn't inflammatory. Now we play the wait and see game, until the pathology results come back. I am so terrified right now.
 

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My dog had something similar called an interdigital cyst. Vet at the time gave me the same could be this could be that. So I scheduled a culture and biopsy at another vet along with a possible laser removal (not offered at the first vet). In the meantime I treated it with disinfectant 4 times a day... it was gone in a week.
 

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Well, it was indeed severe inflammation...a granuloma is what they called it. They couldn't find any reason for it being there. His immune system has been horribly overreactive at least as long as I've had him; probably his whole life.

So, now the battle is getting his foot healed (hopefully by Saturday.) He's been licking/chewing it, which means he has the lovely opportunity to wear an e-collar. Hooray, protests!
 
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