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Dog has mammary tumor. She is 15 yrs of age. Obviously

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Dog has mammary tumor. She...
Dog has mammary tumor. She is 15 yrs of age. Obviously operation is out of the question but the tumor is growing fast and it is very large now. It feels like fluid not mass. Can the tumor be aspirated to make it smaller? The dog is still alert and seems in no pain.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

If the mass does feel fluidy or even has a partial fluid component, then it is worth having this checked by her vet. The can palpate +/- ultrasound the mass to confirm the fluid's presence. If they do find fluid, then this can be aspirated/removed for her. Of course, we do need to be aware that it will refill over time but this could help keep Sylver comfortable and reduce the risk of the increased size over stretching and ulcerating her skin (which would be sore and an infection risk).

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thank you. My vet will not do it. I guess I will have to get a new vet.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

You are very welcome,

While we know it isn't a curative treatment, this would help keep her comfortable. Therefore, if there is a significant volume of fluid, there isn't really a reason for them not to remove it for her. So, if they aren't keen to do so, then it'd be worth ringing an alternative local vet practice to see if they can aid her with this.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
One more question: If they do take out the fluid they only use local anesthesia correct?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Hi again,

Since removing fluid is no more painful then giving injection (its a needle poke + then we just use the syringe to remove the fluid), we often don't even need to use local (which stings until it numbs the area and is sometimes more uncomfortable then the aspirating). So, as long as she isn't distressed by handling, she likely won't even need a local to have this drained. But if she was, then they could use that or sedate as needed.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Terrific. Thank you.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

You are very welcome, my dear.

Best wishes for Sylver and yourself,

Dr. B.

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