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|06-04-2020, 02:41 PM||#1|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jun 2005
Both Mast Cell and Round Cells in biopsy
Wow. It's been forever since I posted but I need a bit of advice here. My little 4 pound Lucy just turned 15. She developed dry eye which we're treating with cyclosporin and seems to be helping but because she was squinting yesterday and has been goopy for awhile, I brought her to the vet. She also had a pink bump on her belly which had suddenly gotten a bit pinker, bigger and kind of opened up so I asked the doc to take a look at that as well. The news was good regarding her eye. She does have a bit of an infection in the one eye and she's begun antibiotic drops for the affected eye. The news about the bump in her tummy not as good. I okayed a fine needle biopsy to see what was going on and doc found not one but two types of abnormal cells. One was mast cells, the other round cells. So that trip was over $400.00. I okayed it because I felt I could get an answer as to grade and stage if it was cancerous but now I'm faced with spending another $700.00 to have the lump removed so they can send it away to pathology to determine grade and stage. She said if it's a low grade/stage mast cell tumor, removing it may be all she needs but she's concerned with these round cells as the may indicate a different type of cancer. I hate for it to come down to money but she's 15, her BUN was 62 with a reference range of 7-27. I absolutely love this little girl and I'm so torn as to what to do. Does anyone have experience with a senior lady with similar issues? If o, I'd love to hear about it in the hope it may guide me in what to do. She doesn't seem to be in pain (other than that nasty eye) except she doesn't want me anywhere near her belly. The vet said she could feel a hard lump under the skin. I'd appreciate any information and guidance I can get. Thanks so much.
I Just LOVE My Girls!!!
|06-05-2020, 05:53 AM||#2|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Hibbing Minnesota
I think I would talk to your vet more and see if this removal of this lump would be wise to do at her age. Write all your questions down and call the vet or maybe get a second opinion. You are so blessed to have her at age fifteen so you are a very good mom you gave her good care. If it were me I would probably get that second opinion . I hope all goes well for your baby my Kinder just turned ten years and I love her each day.I hope I have her to age fifteen . Susan Also take day at a time do not rush into anything get answers.
|06-10-2020, 08:47 AM||#3|
Resident Yorkie Nut Donating YT 20K Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Personally, I probably would not remove it surgically at her age. I am faced with a similar issue these days. My 14 (possibly 15) year old Teddy Bear has glaucoma in one eye...he developed it suddenly about 3 weeks ago due to his body reacting to a cataract. When first diagnosed they were talking about possible enucleation and I decided right then that there was no way I would put him through that surgery. He has other conditions which make him high risk for anesthesia not to mention age. We are treating with drops and he is doing ok...but it is a day to day thing. If he doesn't improve enough, I will let him go to the bridge. He has had a long happy like and I refuse to put him through anything that would cause him more pain. I want his last days on earth to be as comfortable as possible. Over the years, after losing many, I have found it is easier for me to make these decisions BUT it is never, ever easy.
I share this only to express "my" feeings and thoughts.
At the end of the day you must do what you think is best for her and what you can live with.
Second opinions are ok....if you feel like your vet is not giving you enough information. I wish you well in your decision.
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