Hi everybody. We've had Bernie, a bernese mountain dog, for 5 months now. All seemed to be going well, and we've been taking good care of him. Last week, he got an operation (castration) and everything was fine. Then saturday, we found a lump on one of his hind legs. We disinfected and covered it but yesturday, the thing was a little bit bigger and it bled so we took him to the vet. She told us that it could be a tumor. She'S not sure though, so we've got 2 prescription medecines (anti-inflamatory, etc) and a cream that we have to use twice a day. If the lump doesn't go down or gets bigger it would be a tumor. No body told me that cancer was the first cause of death for bernse mountain dogs when i got him. I just found out on the freakin internet. I'm angry and scared and i don't want my baby puppy to die. He'S only 7 months old! My spouse and i have never had a dog before. We're worried. Can somebody please tell me how to deal with this? And what do you think it could be? What are the different possibilities? I don'T know if i should be extra optimistic or not: i don't want to have my heart broken. So if someone can give me an idea what all this means, then please, do. Thank you so much.
i was unaware that cancer was so prevalent in berners. i would have the lump surgically removed and biopsied. if it turns out to be cancer, maybe he is young enough where chemo or radiation may help. good luck with baby bernie.
okay. thanks a lot. I guess i'll just have to wait and see. I hope everything goes well. I would hate to lose him. Funny how a little furry creature like that can grab hold of your heart in such a short amount of time...... thanks to all of you for taking the time to respond; makes everything get back into perspective : )
can a tumor be benign, like the ones humans have? That would be a relief.... they could just take it off. Does anyone know if a dog who's had a tumor once is more prone to getting them repeatedly during its life? thanks. it's nice to talk to people who've had dogs..... we're still new at this!
My cat Mercedes, has a lump on her stomach and we were concerned but it turned out that it was a problem with her spay that healed itself, the bump doesn't bother or hurt her, so there is no need to remove it. Is the bump hard or kind of soft?
Bernie'S bump is hard. It kinda looks like a calous (is that how you spell it?!). It was white/beige colored, now it's pinkish/red. It bled a little bit yesturday.... It doesn't look like there's anything liquid in there, anyway. And it doesn't hurt him at all. He doesn't care when we put the cream on it... he runs, and jumps and plays... so it doesn'T seem to be painful at all. There is also no air/fur on it. It's about as big as the nailbed of my thumb.... that'S the best i can describe it....
Maybe it would be best just to amputate the limb, so if it is in fact cancer, there won't be any risk of spreading. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
Stumble, it seems to me that what you described about the said lump could be a sebacious cyst. You say he was castrated not too long ago and than the lump apeared. Chances are when shaved for surgical prep there may have been a nik near that area. Is he shaved in that area? Keep doing what you are to care for him. Although it may be common for Bernies to have the big C, dont jump to the worst just yet. Good luck and keep in contact with the vet.
whooooo Stumblein..... Lets not start worring about amputation just yet !! Allie ......stop freekin the girl out LOL Take it easy there !!! If you are this concerned over this bump maybe take him to a second vet for another opinion ..... Jubilee
Oh, I am sorry for the confusion!! I meant if the lump was in fact cancer (it probably isn't), it would be best to amputate the limb & not have just the lump removed. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
LOL Allie... reading this post we went from a lump to choppin off a leg so quickly..... and poor Stumbelin is already stress to beat the band. I was afraid of what would have been posted next ...hehehehe Jubilee
My friend's pug had cancer on his paw. I don't know what exactly it looked like, but the lump was removed, he got some radiation and is fine. This was a year ago and he's still ok. I think that would be the worse case scenario.