The vets are expecting to remove the red lump upon the next visit.. but I…

The vets are expecting to remove the red lump upon the next visit.. but I have noticed it has dropped in size dramatically so I am deciding if I should give it another week or two.. or if I should go with the vets first recommendation and let them remove it.

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

If it has gotten smaller it is unlikely to be cancer.  I would suspect it is an infection in the nail bed, or a cyst.  Infection would need medication, the cyst would need to be kept clean and dry and keep your eye on it.  I would try talking to the vet to let him/her know the current state of things and your concerns about an operation (and expense) when it seems things are still up in the air about what is really going on with that paw.  If the vet seems wishy-washy it may be time to find a… Read more »

Jana Rade
5 years ago

I’m quite sure this is not a skin tag. Those are soft and cauliflower-like in appearance
http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/images/wart-on-dogs-tail-21411123.jpg

Is your vet planning to remove it without identifying it first? Not what I’d do. It is best to identify it first. The reason for that is that if you remove it first and then determine it’s cancerous, you likely haven’t removed enough tissue for clean margins and will have to go it again.

However, if it got smaller in size, I’d suspect infection of something of that sort …? Your vet needs to identify exactly what it is first of all things.

http://www.dogcancerblog.com/blog/five-common-mistakes-with-cancer-surgery-and-how-to-avoid-them-in-your-dog/ 

Christina Chambreau
5 years ago

I would wait. Good idea from Dr. K to let your vet know it is smaller. Also,this would be a good time to think about beginning to work with an integrative veterinarian. This is a good example of how you could help with home care if you had gotten some training. When you are not able to get to the veterinarian, nor sure of the need, many holistic modalities can be tried. Sometimes the problem will resolve with your care, or if not you have at least eased the symptoms until you can get to the vet.  From books, on-line and… Read more »

Christina Chambreau
5 years ago

I agree with finding a new veterinarian whom you can understand and who will take the time to answer your questions.