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Handling Bonnie's Tumor

Handling Bonnie's Tumor

Bonnie is a sweet Great Pyrenees dog that about a year ago developed a small, soft lump on her left side. It was about the size of a small corn nuggett, and was freely moveable when you grabbed hold of it. In expected fashion, it pretty much stayed the same. It didn't grow or change in any way for nearly a year. And then, about a month ago, the small spot, became a huge problem. It began to rapidly grow. Without delay, we at Cumberland Valley removed the tumor. 

There are a few things to note about this case.

1). Most small, round, freely moveable tumors on a dog typically are not too much to worry about. However, there is no way to know what they are without testing them. 

-Testing:  Always means looking at cells under a microscope. So to get those cells, we can do a Fine Needle Aspirate where we take a needle and excavate a few, to remove the entire mass and sending it for histopathology.

2). Some tumors are obvious that they are more serious than others because they are discolored, or bleeding, or worse; the animal is sick. However, that's not always the case. Some tumors can stay small and hide their true pathology for extended periods of time.

3). Skin masses can de-differentiate. This means that the cells can start out less aggressive, but then as time goes on, they can become more invasive and faster growing. That happens to be the case with Bonnie. 

This tumor went from being a small marble to being a massive tumor in less than a month. I thought it would be interesting to show you the removal and healing of the wound. So enjoy.

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