I took Mazzy to the vet this morning. The verdict? She has a mammory tumor. And the size, odd shape, hardness, and speed with which it appeared made the vet think there is a good chance it is cancerous. Either way, it has to be removed. If not, he said it would ulcerize (sp?) and could potentially spread. He said typically this type of tumor likes to spread to the lungs. She hasn’t been coughing or lethargic (any more so than normal atleast…lol), so those were good signs.
Because of her age, the surgery is pretty risky. He did a chest xray to make sure her lungs looked clear, otherwise it was probably too late. Thankfully it all looked good. He didn’t see any signs of potentially cancerous areas….except one tiny spot that was a MAYBE, but the fact that it was the only one made him think not. He also did bloodwork on her to make sure all her counts were normal. If not, again, might not be good to do the surgery at this point.
He also said I should consider whether or not I want them to spay her while she is under. Explained the increased risk of uterus cancer and infection at her age. Also explained the negative aspects as well.
The one thing he said that is stuck in my mind is that one of two things will happen after surgery. “She’ll either wake up or she won’t.”
Luckily my parents are here visiting right now so Mom went with me. Her being the nurse, she could ask the right questions and better understand some of what the vet was saying. Me, all I could do was cry.
Apparently the vet just lost his dog to a very similar lump that had spread. And his dog was only 7 years old. Mazzy is 12. And the average lifespan for dogs is 12-14 years. So he says I should be happy that she has lived a long life. But that doesn’t make me feel any better about the situation.
About 40 minutes after we got home, the vet called to say that Mazzy’s bloodwork looked good. So we’re bringing her in between 7:30 and 8:30 tomorrow morning. He said they should be all done by around noon and that, if everything goes well, she’d be able to come home afterwards.
Please let my baby girl make it through this.