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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bump watch

We found a new bump on Waldo's ear. It's small like the one on his back (about the size of a pencil eraser). Glad that we know what we're dealing with; otherwise, I'd be hauling him off to the vet again. It's made me wonder about how to spot a bad bump versus a benign cyst. I've been reading up on this topic and will post if I find anything interesting.

Other than the bumps, nothing new to report. I've been spending every free moment out in the garden with Waldo by my side sleeping in the sunshine and the grass.

3 comments:

Laura said...

Hey - I don't know if you read all your comments, but my beagle/basset dog Ozzy looks just like Watson! I am freaking out because he is about 11 years old (rescued him from a shelter about 6 years ago) and he has developed a chronic cough. First the vet didn't know what was wrong with him, then they diagnosed him with pneumonia. Then they declared him cured, but he kept coughing. So now they think he has chronic airway disorder (also known as chronic bronchitis i think), but they want to do an invasive procedure (bronchoscopy?) and he has been through so much already. I have read that tumors can also cause coughing like he has but since he has had numerous chest radiographs I am hoping this is not the case. I guess I just wanted to see if you or anyone else had any input. Seeing my dog not well really just kills me. Thanks in advance.

Linda Seid Frembes said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for the visit. I have not had experience with coughing as a symptom. Watson's lymphoma presented with enlarged lymph nodes, and most of his nodes were internal.

Are you fearing that it is tumors? Or has the doctor mentioned that it may be related to a tumor? I can only advise that if a vet says anything about cancer, my first instinct is to go to a specialist. However, if the vet has not made mention of tumors or cancer, then it may be a respiratory ailment and that's all. You have to trust your gut and your judgment. Unfortunately, no one can tell you the "right" or "wrong" answer on how to take care of your dog.

Best of luck to you and Ozzy.

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Thank goodness all was well - it's far better to be over-cautious than regret it later. I hope you're all well - Waldo's looking very happy!