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My bitch just finished her season and we noticed a small bb size lump next to nipple. Vet confirmed it was a marmary tumor, vet advised to have it removed and get my bitch speyed.  She said they could cut it out soon or advised to get both done in 3 months time, once all her levels dropped after season. But if the lump got bigger to phone them and they could remove sooner.

 

Anyone had experience with mammory tumours? 

I had played with idea of getting a pup from her one day,  guess that wont happen now. 

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Had one took out me bitch last year an it’s back, soon as she shows any pain or discomfort or owt then it’ll be time to part way an I’ll be wounded, but what else can ye do? ☹️😉

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2 minutes ago, Joe1888 said:

Did you get your bitch speyed?

No mate my bitch was 9 an vet reckoned was no point tbh he told us from the off chances where it would be back

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Mammary tumours are very common in older bitches that haven't been spayed. One of the reasons they develop is because hormonal changes during the reproductive cycle kick tissue changes into life. Some small tumours can stay small for years, others blow up very quickly, and each time the bitch has a season it will get worse after the season has finished.  Tumours come in varying shapes and sizes, from tiny, irregular shaped lumps to flattish, raised areas around the nipple, in the milk gland, and sometimes are perfectly round, like marbles. All will eventually metastasise (spread elsewhere in the body) and will kill if left in place, but your vet is right in saying that spaying late in life won't stop tumours once the bitch has already had them, even if you have them removed. 

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My five year old bitch had one removed a couple of months ago, she's six monthly with her heats, otherwise she's always been fit and strong 

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7 hours ago, skycat said:

Mammary tumours are very common in older bitches that haven't been spayed. One of the reasons they develop is because hormonal changes during the reproductive cycle kick tissue changes into life. Some small tumours can stay small for years, others blow up very quickly, and each time the bitch has a season it will get worse after the season has finished.  Tumours come in varying shapes and sizes, from tiny, irregular shaped lumps to flattish, raised areas around the nipple, in the milk gland, and sometimes are perfectly round, like marbles. All will eventually metastasise (spread elsewhere in the body) and will kill if left in place, but your vet is right in saying that spaying late in life won't stop tumours once the bitch has already had them, even if you have them removed. 

Exactly what me vet said, I did intent on taking a litter but kept saying one more season, an by time I noticed her teat swelling up it was too late, vet done the op but phoned me during it an said it was worse than thought an was all intwined in her insides an said it would come back, said it was pointless an a waste of money to send away for a biopsy or having her spayed as nature was gonna run it’s course anyways, an offered to put her to sleep there an then or leave her be till she started showing signs of suffering or discomfort, she come home with us an has put a few other things to bed in meantime but no where near the animal she was. Lately she has started being a bit narky with other dogs an any bouts of excersoze take it right out her, but still eating an all that. Tho I don’t think she will have long left, but what she does she more than welcome to share our sofa till then. ☹️

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Unless biopsy has been taken ,cancer is only one diagnoses .Carcinomas are benign and will sit there for years never harming the bitch other than getting sore of occasion .Id get a second opinion if I were you mate as wouldn’t be the first vet to think of the £400 notes for the surgery instead of telling you the truth .

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5 minutes ago, foxdropper said:

Unless biopsy has been taken ,cancer is only one diagnoses .Carcinomas are benign and will sit there for years never harming the bitch other than getting sore of occasion .Id get a second opinion if I were you mate as wouldn’t be the first vet to think of the £400 notes for the surgery instead of telling you the truth .

I never paid anywhere near 400 quid mate an was also told there was a chance it couldn’t be cancer but given her age an the fact it had spread he said we would be wasting money doing anything else. The one thing I can honestly say is me vet is a decent type, an has always been spot in with us. Bitch would have been retired soon anyways so no great worry but never nice all the same seeing as she been here since a pup an we have done a fair bit together, joy of dogs eh ☹️

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I’ve never spade a bitch in my life so have had my fair share of lumps and one thing I know for sure is vets would rather remove than tell you it’s ok .

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My last lab had a mammary gland strip at ten , a big op that I would not have normally have  had done , she went on for another five years .She hadn’t been spayed and had not had a litter . The new lab , who I wouldn’t breed from has been spayed on the advice of our vet , my wife works for the vets and gets a 70% discount so it’s not money driven advice ...time will tell ! 

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