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Roscoe's Tumor

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Every day at Cumberland Valley we are asked to deal with dermal tumors of some nature. Of course, as a rule of thumb, the sooner you identify and remove a potentially life-threatening lesion or mass, the better the outcome would be expected. Still, sometimes factors get in the way of early identification and we are presented with much larger growths that prove hard to remove.

 

Such is the case with Roscoe. A beautiful male dog who had lived his life hunting and being a great companion for 12 years in the rich mountains of Appalachia. The tumor that was presented to us had been masked by the fact that it had started in the deep axillary region (armpit) of the dog. Also, being a free farm dog, he wasn't petted on every second of the day, and so when the owner saw him laying on her porch in the bright sun, she noticed that there was a huge growth on the back of his front right leg.

It was a fast growing neoplastic tumor of unknown origin, and the owner immediately brought it to us for examination. After a full exam and workup including radiographs and bloodwork, the owner made the decision to allow us to attempt removal.

I am proud to report that Roscoe has made a complete recovery and is doing awesome.

Sometimes, even tumors that seem impossible to remove can have good outcomes. Roscoe is a testament to that success. However, regular check-ups are important in helping spot and identify these types of tumors early.

Have a great day.

 

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