Hi, i am very concearned waiting for my vet appt. My boxer mix has developed a huge lump on the front of his chest. When he sits upright, its very larg and pronounced. This lump feels like it may be fluid filled, but i cant be sure. My vet couldnt see him until next week, so i thought maybe someone might have an idea of what this could be thanks, tami
I have seen dogs with these before. It needs to be removed and can cost a few hundred dollars depending on the size. You vet with be able to tell you if it is the 'C' word, but it most likely is just a growth.
Next week??!? Geez. I'd be looking for a new vet. Waiting a day or two I might understand, but not a week or more. It could be a fluid filled cyst, it could be an abcess, it could be tumor. None of which I'd be comfortable leaving until your vet gets around to looking at it after a week.
I called the vet first thing this morning and he is on vacation until next week......family emergency. He really is wonderful other wise. I never have to wait. Do you really think this could be cancer? Oh God i sure hope not. Sarge is only a year old!! If it were cancer, would it just appear out of the blue like this? It wasnt there last week. We just noticed this over the weekend.
Tami, it's true that it could be cancer, but it could be other things as well (a cyst, a bite, an abcess). To be honest, Boxers are one of the breeds that are very cancer prone, but age is in your favor even if it is cancer. But you need to get this treated quickly. I would call the vets office back, and explain that this just is not something that can wait, and that you need to be seen on an emergent basis. If your vet is away for a week there has to be someone covering emergencies, and I would just tell them you need to at the very least speak to the person covering. Barring that, I would ask your vets office to recommend someone in the area that your vet trusts that CAN see you this week. Don't wait till next week. Keep us posted.
Is there anothe clinic in your area? An emergencey vet? I would take your pet and have an x-ray done if the dr. warrants. It could just be a cyst, or fatty tumor cyst which are not harmful, it is always best to have checked as soon as possible, a week to me is too long, and I would think your vet would understand that.
Our first boxer died of cancer 1 month before his second birthday. Unfortunatly there were no signs until the tumor was the sixe of a softball. he was great he went for a check up and the tumor was found, three weeks later the cancer had spread and we HAD to put him down. I know you like your vet but please find another one to see your dog ASAP. Rugar had the tumor removed and had a smal spot on his kidney and one lung. 3 weeks later he had no space on his kidney that was not tumor and less than 5% of his lungs that were not tumors. Boxers can get cancer and sometimes it is very very fast spreading. Your vet will agree that you should have your dog seen ASAP just to be sure that it is a harmless tumor, best of luck
do you know if your dog may have bumped himself there? a girl i work with has a very accident prone doberman. the dobie ran her chest into something, probably a tree or stick and had a large fluid filled lump right in the middle of her chest. it has gone done over the past 6 months but we all tease her about her 3rd booby.