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Puppy has a benign tumour - hysteocytoma (sp?). Worlds most unlucky puppy!

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needastrongone Tue 23-Apr-13 21:19:51

Or it feels that way anyway!!

So far, a cyst that needed draining, a thorn in his eye that will eventually lead to him going blind most likely. Huge thorn in paw while ferreting around off lead on Sunday, luckily no major damage.

Yesterday, I noticed a lump on the upper part of his paw. Vet took a look today and diagnosed the above. As its quite a lump and quite angry he has been put on metacam and synulox and a collar of shame. That's in addition to the various ongoing eye drops for his eye. Plus!! Other eye was gunky yesterday but I chanced my arm that I would have an eye drop to suit given the plethora I have in the cupboard and its fine today.

So, a week of antibiotics to see if it clears up, otherwise an operation next week. Ended up agreeing to neutering, given he's 6 months and I want him done, just had figured leaving it a while yet. Would rather he didn't have two generals though so decision made.

Are all pups like this? Have I just got an accident prone one? The vets know me and the dog by our first name. He loves going there, given the frequency of visits!!!

needastrongone Tue 23-Apr-13 21:20:38

He's just six months btw.

fanoftheinvisibleman Tue 23-Apr-13 22:06:59

Oh bless him! He has been through the wars hasn't he?

We had to take ours for painkillers (reason unknown) a few weeks ago but other than that it was just 'itchy paws' grin which managed to cost me £40!

bountyicecream Tue 23-Apr-13 22:10:50

It's a histiocytoma and like you say is benign and may shrink away, but otherwise surgery will sort him. They are actually more common in young dogs and on the limbs so he has been reading the textbook smile

But yes he does sound unlucky, poor mite!

Whippoorwhill Wed 24-Apr-13 09:33:39

Your poor lad. He sounds as unlucky as our first dog. Before she was a year old she had three cut paws, so bad they needed to be stapled, partially ripped off her dew claw, deep wound to her chest where she ran onto broken glass in a dumped double glazing panel, a deep slice to the side of her muzzle from something sharp under a bush and a cut on her front leg, also from something sharp under a bush, which knicked the tendon sheath but didn't damage the tendon. She also got a gash on her head from jumping up and knocking down a huge cast iron frying pan. She had ear infections requiring cleaning out under sedation and it got to the point where the vet would joke about scheduling the next one for when she was under the anaesthetic from her next accident!

She was bonkers and didn't ever look where she was going. Her favourite game was running up steep banks and then running down again as fast as she could! Thank god for insurance.

Hope everything goes well.

Floralnomad Wed 24-Apr-13 13:11:09

Our terrier had a histiocytoma Christmas 2011 . It started as a small wart type lump and our vet said leave it and it should just disappear but typically the dog started chewing it and it grew . Eventually we had to have it removed between Christmas and New year as where it was positioned and the speed it was growing at the vet was concerned that there would not be enough skin to sew up IYSWIM ( it was on his lower back leg ) . The OP was fairly straight forward but because of its position it was a bit of a pain post OP as he had to rest and keep it bandaged and it took longer than expected to heal . I was told that once you've had one you don't get another which I'm hoping is true .

needastrongone Wed 24-Apr-13 16:12:13

Nearly there with the spelling then smile Thanks Bounty.

Thankfully, he's not interested in it at all. I made him sleep with his cone last night but heard him shuffling a lot during the night (he sleeps on the cold hard tiled floor in the kitchen, next to his huge and expensive plush bed....) but took it off today and left it off when I went to work. I ended up leaving him for 3 and a quarter hours as I got stuck at work (longest I have ever left him, stressed me out a bit) but he must have been tired tbh as he was right where I had left him after our walk this morning. It's far less angry today so easier for him to forget about I think.

Whip - blimey, that's an accident prone one! Our puppy does the hill thing too, there's plenty of hills in Yorkshire so he frightens me to death half the time.

Fan - we have a plan at the vets that covers a set number of consulations, flea treatments, worming, bloods etc. They suggested I move up to Elite level from standard and I think they were only half joking smile

needastrongone Wed 24-Apr-13 16:13:06

Floral - think it's far more common in puppies too, hopefully I am going to have a clear run for a time!

Bakingtins Wed 24-Apr-13 16:18:05

If it is a histiocytoma and it is not bothering him then he doesn't need surgery, they regress if you leave them alone, but over a timescale of weeks-months, it is not likely to have gone in a week. I would ask for a needle biopsy to be taken (cells sucked out with a needle and syringe) which doesn't require any sedation, to confirm the diagnosis and if it is confirmed as a histiocytoma leave well alone and save the neutering/anaesthetic for the next accident

needastrongone Wed 24-Apr-13 16:35:17

Bakingtins - There WILL be another accident, I promise smile. I had a quick Google last night, nothing too in depth as, sometimes, that way leads to madness I think! But, even a brief skim through the first two websites the search pulled up suggested as much.

I have a weeks worth of antibiotics and he's forgotten it's there already. I had wanted to wait a while before neutering, although I will get him done for sure, 6 months seems quite young still and he still has a lot of growing to do, I recognise the subject is controversial in terms of timescale though.

Thanks, food for thought.

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