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I am so sorry to hear about Rocky's condition...I know this is so sad to see him like this.
It appears that this may be a very aggressive tumor and your vet must determine, if this has not already been done, what tyoe of tumor this is and how nest to handle this. In most cases, the biopsy is done and your vet will refer you to a veterinary Oncologist who can either treat or remove this mass. I am very worried about your sweet Rocky because this sounds very invasive and there may not be anything that can be done for your old friend but without the information, you will not know.
Ask your vet to refer you to an Oncologist who has access to better testing and then you will know what will be best for your old friend,. Rocky.
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Good for you....I understand that at Rocky's age, removal would be risky with the anesthesia....All you can do for your sweet Rocky is try...Good luck!