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Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:25 am
by Enigma
Two years after having her first MCT removed I found another lump on Brina, this time it's under her jaw. It's the size of a pea and hard, almost exactly like her first MCT on her back leg was.

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I've scheduled a meeting with her oncologist, we go in this friday afternoon. I really hope it's not another MCT, because that would mean she needs another surgery and this would be her FIFTH one so far.

Ugh... Can this dog please get a break from all of this crap for once?? She's 10, she deserves to have a peaceful retirement. :(

Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:56 am
by AllisonPitbullLvr
Fingers crossed for a little benign wart and NOT a MCT. Hugs to you and Brina!

You both deserve a break from health scares.

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:11 am
by Amie
:hug: love from me and Brina's twin :hug:

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:28 am
by Ilovethepits
Hoping Brina's lump is just a lump and not an MCT. Prayers and good thoughts to you both.

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:14 am
by Shoshana
Good wishes for Brina!

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:06 pm
by Enigma
Thanks everybody! :hug: I'll keep you updated...

Brina has been healthy otherwise, apart from an occasional grass allergy, she's been doing great. A new clinic opened near me a couple of weeks ago and they had a discount on preventative kidney check up so I went with Brina and her kidneys are perfectly healthy, even her incontinence has been gone for the last couple of months (knocking on wood). She did catch a cold a week or two ago, but we've been treating it and it's getting better. She's in a decend shape health wise for a senior.

Now if only that lump would be a benign fatty lump and everything would be perfect...

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Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:15 pm
by patty
Praying all will be OK, I just love her :inlove:

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:38 am
by Enigma
We're back from the vet.. They have aspirated three lumps that I've been monitoring for a while now, the one on her chin being the biggest and most suspicious one. I don't have any results yet, they will call me tomorrow or on monday, as soon as they will know more.

Another bad news is that Brina has a rotten tooth which will have to get extracted at one point... Which means ANOTHER surgery. And they can't do both at the same time if any of the lumps will have to be removed. Awesome.

Oh and people around me keep telling me how "they wouldn't put an older dog through more surgeries" making me feel like crap for trying to do what's best for Brina.

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:00 am
by jamielvsaustin
Enigma wrote:Another bad news is that Brina has a rotten tooth which will have to get extracted at one point... Which means ANOTHER surgery. And they can't do both at the same time if any of the lumps will have to be removed. Awesome.

How come? That seems so odd.



Enigma wrote:Oh and people around me keep telling me how "they wouldn't put an older dog through more surgeries" making me feel like crap for trying to do what's best for Brina.

Well other people are not you and don't not have Brina as their dog. Maybe they don't care enough to do what's right for an older dog. They can suck it. You know her best, and I'm sure you'll always do whatever it takes for her to be healthy and happy. :hug:

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:09 am
by Ilovethepits
jamielvsaustin wrote: They can suck it. You know her best, and I'm sure you'll always do whatever it takes for her to be healthy and happy. :hug:


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:hug: to you and Brina.

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:33 am
by Enigma
Thanks :hug:
jamielvsaustin wrote:How come? That seems so odd.
As the oncologist explained to me, when you're cleaning and extracting teeth it's not safe to do any other surgeries, especially like the one Brina would need - removing a lump which is on her chin, because of bacteria in her mouth which can get everywhere. The surgery site can get infected easily so they prefer to do it in two seperate surgeries. I hope I explained it right, translating stuff like that is not easy :oops:

I will see what the results of those lump aspirations will be... If they are not MCTs or anything serious we will probably go ahead with teeth extraction. If lumps will have to be removed we will do that first and then do the teeth in a couple of months when she recovers fully.

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:23 pm
by Amie
Enigma wrote:people around me keep telling me how "they wouldn't put an older dog through more surgeries" making me feel like crap for trying to do what's best for Brina.

Brina knows how lucky she is to have you for a best friend. I know how lucky she is to have you for a best friend. I'm sorry (for them) that they don't.

Love you both.

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:27 pm
by Murfins
Sending Brina lots of positive thoughts.

I wouldn't listen to people telling you not to put her through surgeries at her age ... I put my cat, Gracie, through a full removal of ALL of her teeth at about 18 - it took us about 6 months after we adopted her to get the okay with the dental specialist - and then she went on to live until just a week shy of 21 years old. Her quality of life skyrocketed BECAUSE of the surgery and I never regretted it for a second.

You know Brina and you have to trust that you know what is best for her. *hugs*

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:33 pm
by Leslie H
I'm sorry poor Brina and you are going through this. My vets won't pair dentals w/surgery, for the same reason. I don't think 10 is that old.

Re: Found another lump on Brina

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:30 pm
by pipersmom
Prayers for Brina :hug: