Hi I have a 12year old boxer we found a lump on his hind leg over the last few weeks it had grown in size so two weeks ago we brought him to our vet and she said the lump needed to come off and she said that his gland was a bit swollen so she gave him an injection there and then to start his antibiotic then and also gave him an anti-inflammatry injection and then the next day he had the operation done we were all very worried about the outcome of the anaestethic as he age was going against him they took off the lump and sent it for analysis also they also took a sample of the lymph node. Thankfully he came out of the operation great and was bouncing around the place again even with his stitches. Two days post op he started coughing like kennel cough sympthoms so we brought him back to the vet and she said he is ok it could be a cold and he got a sudafed injection and another antibiotic for a week Over that week very down he had diarrhoea so we rang the vet we were advised to starve Tyson for 24hours we did that and the diarrhoea stopped he now still has that cough and has only two antibiotic left but he is up and down in his form. The Vet rang on friday with the results of the lump analysys they came back as type two cancer and also the sample taken from his lymph node that came back inconclusive which makes no wiser,the vet said that if we wanted to pay another 110 euro then she could do another test on the lymph node to see has it spread but she also stated that it could still be inconclusive so now we really dont know what to do as we have to trust in what she is telling us. Tyson is back in the vet in the morning to get his stitches removed. I was wondering is there any other way they can do tests on him to see has the cancer spread or will it ever spread. We all feel that we are paying to much and still not fully being told how bad he is or is not, i would hate to not know if it has spread and he maybe in pain at the minute.Thank You so much
I am sorry to hear about your dog and glad to help.
Please get a copy of the actual biopsy report and then let me know the exact type of cancer and then I can offer specific suggestions to help you and let you know whether or not spreading of the cancer is a concern for your dog.
You are welcome to contact my office directly if that would be helpful.
Dr Carol Osborne, DVM
Hi I just want to say thank you very much for answering my post.
I was at the vets today getting tyson's stitches removed it went well just one part did not heal it is like a circle the size of the top of my finger the did not heal, she gave me cleaner and a syring to put in the whole to clean it out and if it does not heal in a week bring him back and put him under a local anaestethic and put another stitch in it. She was asking me to have an xray done but i was unsure so i didnt. She explaned it a lot better to me today about everything. but she said the only way she can tell if it has spread is an xray or ultrasound, his lymph node was a bit swollen but she said that was because of the infection in his stitches and gave him another antibiotic thats the third one he has had.
Also i tought he had kennel cough because he had it when he was a pup and it sounded the same. The vet told me that it was not kennel caugh so she pinched his neck and he did not caugh and then he started to caugh a lot and she said very sorry for not beliveing me.
He picked up the kennel caugh in there when they took him over night and put him on a drip before the operation, we also have two small dogs and now they are also caughing.
I was wondering because he has kennel caugh would that make him not want to eat and seem very down and just not his usuall self and sleeping alot at the min.
Thank you very much for your help i really appreciate it.
No kennel cough generally causes a deep, harsh, hacking cough but does not affect appetite or overall health.
You might get a culture and sensitivity of the lymph node along with the biopsy report. Having the lesion cultured will confirm exactly what bacteria is responsible and then you will also have a sensitivity report telling you the best antibiotic to clear the infection.
Dr Carol Osborne, DVM
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