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Mesenchymal Tumors/ Spindle cells

I recently found a lump on my 4 1/2 year old bully.  It was hard and if i pushed on it just right Bella wasn't too impressed so it made me nervous.  Off ot the vet we went and through the asperation of the cells my vet came back with spindle cells and a tumor's name I can't even say!  She told me that we could wait and see if it grows, but it would have to come out.  As I was leaving the office stupid me asked her to write down the name of the tumor... bad idea!  I have been reading up on them and its a possible form of cancer!  There are different types and one is worse than the other etc.  We go back to the vet this saturday to see how much it has grown (and it has in just a weeks time because you can see it now if she is sitting in front of you) and ti discuss surgery to take it out.  One of the places I was reading said that these types of tumors can come back in 70% of dogs, and that if they are caught in time the dogs life expectancy is 2-4 years after removal.  My poor girl can't catch a break, she has had medical issues since birth but there was no way I could send her back to the breeder knowing they most likely would have put her down because of how much money she would cost medically.  She didn't choose me as her mommy, I chose her.  So she gets the best medical attention she needs no matter what the cost!  But I know having to have surgery is going to make her sad, and hopefully she will come out of this with no problems and go back to being her crazy self after she heals!  But if anyone has had this happen and would like to share their stories.... good or bad... I would greatly appreciate it.  

Shannon and Winston's picture

I don't have experience,

but I do want you know that I'm thinking good thoughts for your sweet girl and am hopeful for good news at your follow up appointment. Hopefully someone here can provide more insight for you.

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Shannon and Winston :)

My swimming bully buddy!

My swimming bully buddy!

jules2380's picture

OMG Winston is beautiful!!

OMG Winston is beautiful!!  My Bella LOVES to swim too!  She is like a 4 year old when you try to get her out of the lake!  I had to get a life vest for each house just incase!  :)   Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.  I will let you know how it goes on Saturday.  Bella boggie boarding

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love this picture!

she looks SOOOO happy! It is cracking me up actually. :) Thanks for sharing it with us!

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Shannon and Winston :)

My swimming bully buddy!

My swimming bully buddy!

ArchimedesMommy's picture

Sorry, no experience with it, but just wanted to tell you

I'm sending up prayers for your sweet baby!!!!!  

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

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(((hugs)))...i think she'll

(((hugs)))...i think she'll come through this w/flying colors,you'll see!sending good thoughts and prayers your way!
smoochies the scrunchy face

Cory's picture

so sorry to hear, no experiance

your an awesome person for loving her no matter what......The world could use more people like you in it...

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Cory & Penelope

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thank you everyone

Surgery is set for April 1st, and will hopefully know the results from the pathology on the tumor by April 8th.  Thank you for all the good thoughts for my girl!!

amandalee27's picture

Sending good wishes and

Sending good wishes and prayers. I love that pic of her sitting flat on her booty! Rebel does that too; everyone thinks it is so weird--I'm always like, nope just another example of how he thinks he is human.

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Please let us know how everything goes!

I'm keeping your sweet girl in my prayers. I hope the surgery goes well and the results from pathology is not serious!

And thanks...it sounds like Bella and Winston would be swimming buddies for sure if they ever met. :)

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Shannon and Winston :)

My swimming bully buddy!

My swimming bully buddy!

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Bella had her surgery

Bella went in for her surgery to remove the tumor April 5th. And boy o boy was she MAD at me!  When I went to pick her up she wouldn't even LOOK at me!  She wanted no part of me until almost 3am Saturday morning!  It was the longest night I have ever had with her all she did was wimper and cry!  It was AWFUL!  She has a 4 1/2 inch incision on her left side.  My vet said she did great and once the incision heals cosmetically you won't even really beable to tell she ever had surgery.  I was told she had to stay CALM for 14 days post op!  OK that only lasted about 8 hours after we got home!  She is taking pain killers 3x's a day and i am not even sure if she is in pain because she is acting as if she never had the surgery!  she wants to play, she insists on running to the front door after everytime she pees!  Its AWFUL!  So I called the vet and said help i don't want her to hurt herself... she told me to give her melatonin 3mg twice a day and that should do the trick.... no trick!  its like Bella has NOTHING in her system!  Calm is not a word I would use to describe her on a good day and she is just like her old self!  People are saying thats a good thing, but its making me crazy because I am afraid she is going to hurt herself!  

I told my vet about joining this site and reading all about other people's experiences with the head tremors and she told me there is a blood test called "fructosamine level" i think it is, and what it does is test the dog's average blood sugar ranges for the last 3 weeks to see if the tremors are possibly linked to low blood sugar.  I should have those results monday or tuesday.  

As for the pathology from the tumor we still have to wait until sometime next week to see if it was cancer or not... :/     But the more I read the more I cringe because from what i do see this kind of tumor if cancerous doesn't respond to chemo, only radiation!  and I can't even imagine having to put her through that!  So fingers are crossed for good news next week!!