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Back from the vets, couple "maybe" issues with Archie

Discussion in 'Emotional Support' started by phillysmom, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    Back from the vets, couple "maybe" issues with Archie

    I'm feeling a bit worried about my Archie boy. I noticed a lump on his right side near his rib cage a couple weeks ago. He went in for his bi-annual exam at the vets today. They have taken a sample and will be sending it into a lab. They called it a "mass" which really makes me nervous. We will be awaiting the results and are hoping it is a good enough sample to get a definitive answer.

    The other issue is his electrocardiogram came back abnormal. They ran it twice. So they had to take some bloodwork and they are sending that out to the lab. They mentioned "dilated cardiomyopathy" as a possibility even though there do not appear to be any other symptoms of that. I was told that it is something more common in dalmatians, which we believe he may be a mix of.

    I realize he is old and I keep trying to prepare myself for the possibilities of him getting sick and passing. He is 14 1/2. It doesn't matter what I tell myself, I am still upset. I don't really like to talk about it with my family too much because there is no use worrying them over it until I get some answers. I'm sad. :sad:
  2. Cofla

    Cofla Big Dog


  3. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    Sorry to hear this. I know it's easier to say than do-but try not to worry or stress-Archie will know.

    If it makes you feel better, it's possible that they used mass because it was I identifiable. Our boy Trooper has a couple lumps and we always have them check it out. When you move Archie's skin-does the lump move with it?
  4. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

    Thinking of Archie and family. Hope everything comes back okay ~~~
  5. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

  6. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    Thanks Joe and Jamielvsaustin. To answer Jamielvaustin's question, I would have to say that it doesn't move with the skin.
  7. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    Good news! His bloodwork for his heart came back normal. The first sample they took for his lump was inconclusive so I took him back in for them to take another sample. I just got the results today and they see no cancer cells!! What a relief, so happy for my old boy.
  8. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

  9. indelibledotink

    indelibledotink Little Dog

    glad tohear he's ok.

    mei has a lump on her right jaw, they took samples and it appears non cancerous, but vet is still concerned and we're monitoring it.

    she had previously had a non malignant tumor near a rear nipple removed, along with some fatty cysts on her shoulder.
  10. BulletsMom

    BulletsMom Little Dog

    Glad Archie is ok!

    Hoping for the best for Mei!

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