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Old 12-10-2012, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Found bump on throat

So i'm wigging out. I was petting my boxer. he is 2 years old and felt a lump i believe on his lymph node. only on one side. its not big, you can't notice it until you feel it. It is about the size of a marble. and i think there is a small one next to it because i feel something else next to it. he is super super active, runs plays eats fine and drinks water fine. his normal activity is good! Beyond good. but this darn lump is driving me crazy. anyone else had this happen to their dog? Do you think it's an infection? He is only 1 year and 8 months old. All the signs of Lymph Node cancer aren't showing at all so i am just wondering if i should be concerned. He has NEVER had any other health problems. he has been totally healthy. thank you in advance for your replies.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd make an appt with the vet myself. I look at it this way, if I would go to the dr for it, might as well go to the vet for it! Good luck! Don't stress until you know for sure. I'm a worrier myself!


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I'd make an appt with the vet myself. I look at it this way, if I would go to the dr for it, might as well go to the vet for it! Good luck! Don't stress until you know for sure. I'm a worrier myself!
Ya i'm going to go today. It's all i'm thinking about. My dogs are my life and when something happens i freak out. i have had 2 dogs pass from born diseases so it is very stressful for me when something like this happens i always think of the worst possible outcome. He is on the best food "Acana" and we treat them like spoiled children. I just don't see the doggie gods doing this to me. im definitely going to have them do a needle biopsy. last time i took my boston terrier to the vet, they felt the bump on her hip and immediately just said surgery, they didnt want to do a biopsy or anything and i refused because its a tiny knot on her hip bone that i didnt even notice and its been the same size since and that was about almost a year ago. she is 11 and i think it is some kind of hip dysplasia because she always straightens that leg out. i am very leery of vets, but than again i go just to see what there thoughts are.
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Good Luck at the vets office. Let us know what you find out. I'd be leary if the vets first option is surgery. I love that our vet listens to us when we say something & then together we come up with a plan. I don't know what I'll do if the military decides to move this guy. We also have a 2nd vet we use for surgeries/emergencies. I love that vet as well so it's a given if our doc moves we will just transfer all the records to this other doc. I should just take in a current copy of shot records & always keep them current as well.
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Good Luck at the vets office. Let us know what you find out. I'd be leary if the vets first option is surgery. I love that our vet listens to us when we say something & then together we come up with a plan. I don't know what I'll do if the military decides to move this guy. We also have a 2nd vet we use for surgeries/emergencies. I love that vet as well so it's a given if our doc moves we will just transfer all the records to this other doc. I should just take in a current copy of shot records & always keep them current as well.
I am pretty hesitant to go back to the last vet we used. The vet before him we used was good but eversince our boxer passed it was very hard to go back in there. I would cry because we were in there alot from his joint disease. But i feel like maybe i should just go back with Bolt and see what happens. We did take bolt there when he got stung by a bee and had an allergic reaction, they got him right in no wait at all. i may just do that. i guess no one has had this happen to them because no one has replied on my thread. it feels like a really hard grape floating around in his neck on the side but its definitely attached to something on the back cause i feel something thing attached to it. ugh, i dont know. its so stressful i wish our pets could just talk to us and tell us what is wrong. I love boxers so much but all the health problems i read online, its just very difficult for me because i get so attached, than if something happens, i turn into a mess.
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Our military vet is where we took Maggie to be put down. It was very hard seeing him in the office for the first time when we had to go back in. I have let the techs we've dealt with know that there is no way that I can be put in that last exam room. I got nervous the one visit & stopped short of the hallway till the tech said no we aren't going to the last room. I don't think I could walk back in there.
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Our military vet is where we took Maggie to be put down. It was very hard seeing him in the office for the first time when we had to go back in. I have let the techs we've dealt with know that there is no way that I can be put in that last exam room. I got nervous the one visit & stopped short of the hallway till the tech said no we aren't going to the last room. I don't think I could walk back in there.
Thats EXACTLY how i feel. My Boxer when we brought him in, he was in shock from all the pain and died on the table when they brought him back to help his pain. It was the hardest thing i've ever had to do in my life. My husband and I cried for days. We moved out of our rental because all it did was remind us of him. It was really hard, he was still a puppy. Than when we went there last time for our new Boxer with the allergic reaction to a bee sting, i didnt want to go in but knew they were the best and i didnt know what was going on with bolt and his head was swelling so fast i just ran in and went into the same room without even thinking and it hit me as well but he didnt actually die in that room, he died in the back but they did bring him back up to the front sorry im crying. why is it so hard to let go of a loved pet. ugh. its such a hate love thing, you want to take all the dogs home you see but than dont ever want them to die and when they do you dont want to get another one cause you know they will just pass away eventually. i wish they lived as long as humans, would make life so much better. i have had 2 of my own pass and 2 family dogs pass. its so hard. and even harder to go back tot he place that your last beloved was last seen but i know they are the best so i will go back. just such sad memories. i wish there were good memories at vet offices. i usually go to them when its life threatening or something like this happens.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So I went to the vet. The Vet checked the lump. she said its definitely not on the Lymph Node. THANK GOD! SHe did say though since he is a Boxer and they are prone for bumps and lumps popping up everywhere she wants to remove it. She said it would cost less to remove it than to do a needle aspiration and send it out, which i believe her because just the needle aspiration is 45 bucks and to send it out is 138 dollars to get tested. they can look at the fluid they collected under a microscope but she said its not even close to what they can do when they send it off, but if there was something when it came back i would have already spent 225+ dollars on just getting the little bit they got from the needle tested than will need to make the decision of "do i want to get it removed or not". so she said to just do surgery get it removed she can really get a good look at the whole thing under a microscope and if she feels she sees any cancerous cells than send it off. so the surgery is only 125 dollars. than if she sees that we really need to send it out than pay the extra 138, but if she sees there are no cancerous cells than thats the end of it.
So im glad we made the decision to do the surgery. she said he seems like a very healthy dog but when boxers get lumps out of no where the best thing is to hurry and get them removed and tested. i'm so glad it isnt on his lymph node. phew. now lets pray its benign! so i'm not as nervous now.
I will keep you all updated on here. i wont start a new thread. i will just reply on here, not many replied on here but the ones that did just wanted to give you the update.
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I think you are making a good choice. Hopefully it's benign!


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Yay!!! Prayers that its nothing!


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