9yr old male with huge cystoma..is this normal?
Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:58 PM
Is this large lump normal? We will take him to get checked out as soon as we can afford it (waiting on our tax return) but it is scaring me because it is just so huge and quite firm. Has anyone seen this kind of thing before or heard of it? Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!
Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:36 PM
What kind of condition is your dog's health in now? If it's good and if he doesn't have heartworms or other intestinal parasites I would opt for removal as soon as possible, if it's still possible. And I would get the opinion of two well qualified veterinarians. When small, these growths are not that expensive to remove but when big like this, I am not sure.
If Max's growth is wrapping around his spinal cord you may not have to wait for your tax return. I would take him into the vet ASAP. And if you can't afford the surgery right now, talk to the vet they may work with you especially if you have been a regular customer.
I have seen cases where these fatty tissue growths appear on the muscle tissue of the upper rear legs and grow to a size where the leg cannot function anymore. And when they get to a certain size, sometimes they cannot be removed without endangering the dogs life. It all depends on what the underlying structure of the growth is.
Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:21 PM
Posted 17 February 2012 - 07:14 PM
If your dog is in good shape, I'd have the vet run a basic metabolic panel (blood test) on your dog to make sure all his organs are functioning normally.
Is your dog still overweight? If he's within 10lbs or so of his normal weight, and the basic metbolic panel comes back OK, then I'd opt for the surgery. Since this growth has been growing, I would think that it will reach critical mass.
And they can "explode" too. Our Brandy had one the size of a golf ball and it exploded in the vet's waiting room. Lots of clear fluid, white material and blood.
If you have any more questions, please let us know.
It's really about your dog's comfort as he is approaching his later years. And I would be afraid that a lump this big could start interfering with your dogs comfort more as time goes on. So based in this information, I'd definitely opt for removal as long as the vet thinks the dog is in good enough condition to survive the surgery. Fortunately, this surgery isn't that bad as it only invades just under the skin rather than into the dogs internal organs.
Good luck to you and keep us posted about your progress....
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