June 7th 2011 2:15 am
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Mom decided sense her and Diamond was going out to Grandma and Grandpas today and you drive right by the vets, Mom decided to make an appointment for Doc to check her paw.Mom also had some down time to day at work so she did some research about lumps in dogs. Mom jokes about being one of their panicky Mom's at the vets. Mom always thinks the worst, but I say that's a good thing because Doc gives her props for catching things on us early. I'm going to let Mom tell you...
I did a little research today and read up on symptoms of cancerous lumps in animals. I learned a lot. I decided to talk to Doc some more and also get him to check her paw. Her paw is fine. He said they make a spray that can be put on their paws to protect from wear. They were out though :(
Sense I got one of the very last appointments, we had the time to have a heart to heart, he said personal, he would wait and keep an eye on it to see if it changes. He said it was a good sign that it's not painful and doesn't seem to be attached. He said so many of these aren't cancerous. He said if you can't sleep at night cause you're worried then do it be he recommended waiting and see strategy.
I'm such a panicky person, I know I have a tendency to blow things bigger than they are in my head, especially if it's about my animals or work. I knew that I had agreed to go ahead earlier without really knowing the odds. And the Doc did tell me last week that I could wait.
I decide today to wait. So, I guess it's good news, that the surgery is off for right now. Was that right? I'm thinking that if it's still there with change or no change having it cut off maybe Aug or Sept. anyway. BUT If it changes or starts feeling like it's a danger I'll give Doc the green light to go ahead.
What would you do? Go ahead or keep an eye on it. Remember Doc said keeping an eye on it over the next two months is what he would do.
I also want to apologize that we weren't around yesterday to be able to respond or update you.
First, I know you know this, but we animals are way more sensitive than you humans, and Diamond has been aware of your anxiety from the beginning, and is now probably worried about YOU being worried. If she could talk human talk, she'd tell you, "Geez, Mom - chill out; you're making me nervous!" The vet's advice is that if it was him, he'd wait. Well, that's what you went to him for, right? I'm assuming he's a good guy, caring and concerned for his patients - he SOUNDS nice anyway from the little you wrote. Take his advice, but also take a few breathes and...relax... you are getting calm...you are light as a feather...nothing much bothers you...you are... a cat! Purr....
Mom is the same way with us. She would probably trust what the doctor has to say and would wait, keeping a an eye on the lump. I don't remember...is it a lump that you can see or only feel? If it is one you can see...maybe take pictures each week for comparison. It is sometimes hard to see changes in something you see every day. Purrs, Maedia
I agree with efurbuddy. If the doc says to just watch it, give it a shot. See how you feel about letting it wait, you may find yourself having it done for your peace of mind.
Also, NewSkin Liquid Bandage works on pets - I wonder if that is similar to the spray they are out of.
Hope everything works out for the best! Luv, Tink
Okay, my mom is going to be the lone gun here and tell you a story. And this isn't to say it'll happen that way with Diamond and I hope I'm not making you panic more. You did ask though and she just wants to make sure you know both sides.
When my mommy was a teenager she had a sweet and beautiful doggy named Taffy. A black lab/irish setter mix. Taffy was her best friend and grammy and grampy's too. Taffy got sprayed by a skunk one night and believe it or not after that, developed a lump on her neck. Taffy's vet also gave them some salve and said "keep an eye on it". They kept an eye on it and it started to get bigger. They brought Taffy back and he gave them some more stuff to put on it and said it should help it go away.
It didn't. The lump grew into a big giant cancerous bump and by the time they removed it, it had already spread. They tried everything but of course back then vet medicine was not nearly as far ahead as it is today. Taffy at 5 years old had to go to the bridge and it made even grampy cry.
Personally nowadays I don't see too many vets saying "let's see what happens". I'm sure he's a very good vet but nowadays they usually remove something as soon as they see it and test it immediately before it can cause any problems. BUT having said that, Diamond is older right? Maybe that's why he's holding off a bit. I just don't like that idea. Here's a link from my site, I don't know if you looked at this one: lumps & bumps.
Sorry to make you think again, we don't want to make you panic at all. Just hate to see it get worse if it can be taken care of now.
We love you!!!
It's hard to say what the best thing to do is. Alex makes a good point that's very important to catch things early if it did end up being the c word. But then again, based on the fact that the vet examined it and has seen other bumps like that, then maybe it's okay to wait and keep a very close eye on it? It's a tough call, and I'm purring for Diamond and your mom. I know how stressful it can be worrying about something like this. HUGS!!!
It is a tough call and I hope you know it's only my opinion based on my mom's experience. We're purring hard for Diamond also, no matter what you decide, we're here for you both and support you.
Hi daisy from dai$y
so, if your mom didn't panic......then it would be time for YOU to panic....
since we are kids, our parents are going to panic.... like all the time, that's what people do best girl....it just means they care...
if they didn't panic, they wouldn't be great pet parents...and that's where your vet comes in...
sure your mom needs to keep an eye on the nodule, and report it immediately if there is a change of any sort, but the fact that the vet said you are not in any danger, I would persuade you mom to trust him, and let it go .....
cousin dude had a lump on his side that never amounted to anything...
and please convince your mom you feel great so she stops stressing and tell her that her stress can only cause you stress and that ultimately.... that's a BAD thing
when you stop eating and drinking and playing and going outside to use it, and///or your routine changes...then your mom can panic.....
we keep all....20 paws...crossed girl that all is well
You guys are so great. I'm so glad I have you all as my friends. Diamond released the same diary and several doggies including Tates' sisdog Wilma (have you guys ever noticed his dog family, it's a whole family of Spuds McKenzies. So cute.) Anyway, I've noticed that that this is somewhat common in dogs. Diamonds friends recommended listening to the Doc.
Good news, Diamonds paw is healing nicely. She was even putting her weight on it a little yesterday but like most things when the sun went down she started limping again. Doggie pads heal pretty quick but easy to rehurt. So, I'll make sure nobody plays ball or frisbee with her for awhile.
Alex, you know I understand where you are coming from. And I know it is your love that makes you speak cautiously.
I'm spend my days working myself up into a stressed out frenzy right now. I try to stick my head in the sand so I don't think about things but I'm losing that fight. So much is going on that I would love to get off my chest but way to human for this website. If we disappear for a night here and there like we did last night, don't worry. I've just I've got some commitments coming up. Just purr for us as a family, Gods will... will be done.
Well as I said, that was a furry, furry long time ago and we haven't had a doggy since then. So probably they know a lot more about this stuff now and it sounds like your vet is pawsome. Sorry if I made your stress any worse. I would never want to do that.
I hope you guys still come to Lacey's party on Saturday! It would be good for you all to have some fun. But we understand if you can't. We love you!
We love you too Alex, Finn, Lacey and Mom.
Did your doctor mention anything about doing a fine needle aspirate? I don't think we do these at our clinic so we don't know a lot about them. We are also unsure of how much money this could cost...
Your mom loves and cares for you guys, and it is perfectly normal for her to be worried. And as for making a decision, we can't tell you which is a better decision because neither decision is the right or wrong decision at this point. Like the dr said many lumps are not cancerous but there are some that are. So it could go either way, so making your decision is based on the fact that it could go either way... Just weigh the pros and cons and if you make the decision and it does not go the way you hoped know that there was no way of knowing in the first place. We are purring for you and your decision and we hope that it doesn't turn out to be cancerous.
This is what makes your meowmys great! There are so many pawrents who wouldn't notice in the first place or wouldn't even consider paying the money to get them checked out. Show your moewmy you love her for everything she has done for you!!
We are happy Diamond's paw is alright!!
Blade, Simon and tony
Awww, thanks guys! And we agree with Simon & Tony. So great that Catster parents are so attentive and pay close attention to any changes on us. That is the best medicine there is!
Blade, Cincinnati Twins, he didn't mention the test you were speaking of but I think another dog did. Diamond wrote about it today too. It's a copy and paste job but she did get some opinions there too. Little Petey says he gets skin tags and fatty tumors too. Diamonds' fells like a tick but it doesn't seem to be attached. Doc seemed to be confident in his decision. I've just got to trust him. He says some of these go away by themselves.
Hey Zoe I sent a pawmail, but I wanted to say mom grandma's dog Little bit had several of those little tick lumps as she aged and the doc. advised we leave them alone. Mom's kitty skids had them too as she got older the doc did remove them but only because at 12 yrs Skids had never had her teeth cleaned and he said a teeth cleaning would make her feel better so they removed them at them at the same time, there was no cancer in them.
It's a hard call, but for now I'd listen to the doctor. Sending purrs for Diamond.
Purr purr and more purrs it's all ok
Stress and panic is my mom's middle name! I have the ouchie on my face and my V.E.T lady said to keep an eye on it,for changes.I think that sounds good. So far no changes.
We is happy to hear Diamond is doing better!When it comes to surgery an an older goggie, it is always best to be cautious..
Hang in there! We are here and we love you,
Boy do I know how this feels. My mommy panics something fierce when it is about me and River. We're her babies after all. We agree too, it's a really tough decision, especially when the animal is starting to be come middle aged plus. Diamonds pretty young still though right? She's 5? Definitely if anything changes you should rush back to the vets, but otherwise, maybe you can wait and see. I know it's hard. My vet just told me and mommy that's pretty sure my dark spots are just a pigment color and nothing to be worried about, but to always keep an eye on them in case anything changes. You never know. If there isn't any pain showing then maybe you are good for a while. I don't envy you having to make this decision though. No matter what you do though, remember it's the best you could do. You can't go against what your heart and head tell you are right.
Thank You Ollie and Simone for you offering your opinions. Mom said she'll check it all the time. If after this scare is ever with Grandma (she has econometric cancer and she is classified to be a high risk patient, due to her dieing on the operating table once before. So, they have just now, a year later, found a Doc that will do the hysterectomy and check for cancer in surrounding areas)Mom just found about Grandma's coming up surgery on Monday. That's why Mom said "I have a lot going on right now."
Mom- May no one on this page ever be sitting in the waiting room for a family member having a routine surgery, watching smiling volunteers coming and getting families and then you look up and see a team of long faced Doctors (who should be doing the surgery) come walking toward you. It is scary as hell. My heart sank further that day than it ever has. Let me get past this and maybe I'll go ahead with the test but for right now I'm just watching it. Ahh.. I actually feel better getting that out. Like I said just stressed.
My momma's had that happen. Our grammy died on the operating table awhile back and got reborned to life. We understand and send sandpaper kisses to your mom.
Mom wants to think that it's just a hysto but then she remembers how seeing those Doc's felt and she starts getting uneasy all over again. Getting a Doctor to do surgery on someone who this has happened to, is almost impossible.
Prayers and purrs for your mom's mom. We are so very sorry your mom and family are having to go through this.
Oh, two things I didn't tell you guys cause it escaped me the other day Simone, Diamond has to go on a diet. She has to lose 6 pounds!!! Mom can't believe she gained 6 pounds sense last Aug. Mom feels like a bad mommy for that too.
And second, every sense Zach had that last bad fight over the bed with Diamond two years ago, he refuses to lay on the bed at night. Well, I guess he knew there was something wrong with Diamond cause he started smelling her and checking on her while she was down with her paw. Well, Mom woke up Monday morning with Diamond laying at her feet and someone against her back, she looked and it was Zach! Mom loves that! She took pictures cause it shocked her so much. (she took them with her cell phone, so they grainy)She'll find time to post them this weekend.
Calie, Mom is just spooked about everything right now. Did you get my pmail I sent you last night or this morning? Heck, I can't even remember when it was.
Never mind, I see where you left pmail in my kittybox.
Lacey, with our Moms being close that makes Mom feel better knowing your Mom understands fully how that feeling feels. Mom said she's going to take her computer with her during the surgery so maybe they can chat some that day. We don't know when the surgery is going to be yet but today Grandma went to her Cardiologist to get cleared for the surgery today. So, it's got to be sometime next week, I bet.
I'll keep everyone posted.
Don't feel like a bad mommy! I still have to lose 3 pounds ideally. The vet and mommy were talking about how I'm holding at a little weight loss and how difficult it is, especially with more than one pet, to drop the weight. It's very hard, you aren't a bad mommy. You are putting her on a diet now to fix the problem, you are a good mommy. Although... it is likely that Diamond, just like me, will NOW think you are a bad mommy for taking away the nom noms! MRAT!
Zoe just tell us when and we'll be around for her! No problem!
Simone, I've already heard Diamond say "Whats up with the starvation diet!" Mol! She doesn't like it at all. She's luckier than us though cause she wants to run the weight off. Mom says she wished she had the motivation to run it off of herself. Mom is doing Yoga regularly but she promised a friend she would go to zumba back in Jan. and hadn't been yet. Lazy good Mommy. Mol!
Lacey, we will let you know, promise.
Zoe - give your Mom a big kitty hug and sandpaper kiss for us here. And the DAWG, too! We're sorry there's so much to deal with right now. That was good news that Zach was back sleeping on the bed with you.