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10# maltese has a mouth tumor. The vet said they were not…

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10# ***** has a...

10# ***** has a mouth tumor.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the dog's name and age?

The vet said they were not equiped to operate. Winston is 9 years old.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Winston?

He has also had some "asthma" like problems at times and that vet prescribed a cough medicine for him.

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I'm sorry to hear of this about your Maltese. I don't see a specific question, however. How may I help you, please?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
My maltese 9yrs...has a tumor above his two front upper teeth.which has already pushed one of
... the teeth out. The vet won't take it out
.says a specialist Dentist has to do it.where do I go from here?
..
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

Thank you for the additional information. It sounds as if he has an epulis. These tumors are all benign but can be locally invasive requiring radical surgery. I suspect this is why his vet would prefer that a specialist veterinary dentist attend to your Maltese. In the worst case scenario, an acanthomatous ameloblastoma is addressed with mandibulectomy and maxillectomy. To answer you directly, his current vet can biopsy this epulis to determine if it represents a peripheral odontogenic fibroma, acanthomatous ameloblastoma, or giant cell epulis. Once this is clarified, the vet can know how best to address it. The vet might realize that referral to a specialist isn't needed or, conversely, your dog should be seen by such a specialist at your earliest convenience. Please see here: https://www.avdc-dms.org/dms/list/diplomates-intro.cfm;jsessionid=8303CC268E059D614ECBA50EC90A4474.cfusion?CFID=1189820&CFTOKEN=8c840b4c55abd2ad-A74B743B-155D-021C-121589A9808ECFD8

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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