On the post about the dog having a mass in his stomach you mentioned this was common with golden's too. I wasn't aware of this can you tell me if there is anything in particular I need to watch out for? Rusty is only 6 years old, but I would like to be informed. Thanks, Gina
gina i don't want you to be scared about it. general things to keep an eye out for is the distended abdomen, a sudden collapse, pale gums, anything out of the ordinary for him. a baseline cbc/chemistry profile at his age is not a bad idea so if something does start to happen you know what his normal ranges are when he is healthy. also a yearly x-ray for the same reason is a good idea. most often we don't see the dogs until the mass is so big it takes up half their abdomen, or they collapse. some splenic tumors can have a slow bleed. so the body can compensate for it for awhile and then it becomes too much and that is when you see the differences in his attitude. alot of times the tumor can be removed if the dog is in general good health otherwise and it hasn't metastisized to their chest. not all of them are cancerous, but you don't know unless a biopsy is done. if it is a cancerous one then it can spread to the chest, so if you see evidence in the chest then you know also. unfortunately cancer is very common in goldens, labs, rotties and boxers.
I'd rather be prepared and know what to do than have a big surprise. I feel so bad for that other person. I will mention it with my vet when he goes in for his shots. It's not till January, but since he's healthy right now there's no big rush. Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. Edited to add: I am going to start calling you "The Great Fountain of Knowledge!"