11 y/o large mammary mass -running out of options

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Old 02-19-2018, 01:23 PM
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Hello Everyone! I'm Kristen and I'm new here and hoping I might be pointed in the right direction.

Back in August my husband and I rescued a family of 3 from a high kill shelter. A mother/son doggy duo and the family cat. Lady is the mama pup and she was due to be euthanized just 2 days after we pulled her from the shelter. We took her knowing her slightly advanced age (she was 11) and had some mammary masses. We knew we probably wouldn't have years and years to come with her, we just wanted to reunite her with her family and give her plenty of love and keep her comfortable for as long as we could.

Fast forward to present times one of her mammary tumors has grown tremendously. I want to say tripled in size. It hangs between her legs and is so heavy probably the size of a grapefruit now (shes a large 80 lb dog I should mention) Lady unfortunately was never spayed. Our hopes were to have her spayed shortly after getting her but she's too anemic to withstand surgery according to her vet. She has bad arthritis and severe muscle weakness in her hind legs and we can no longer walk her the way we used to. It's becoming challenging for her to get herself to a standing position lately. I just feel it's a vicious cycle. Her large tumor is so heavy and making her less comfortable to walk, but her lack of activity us contributing to her atrophied muscles.

All that aside her spirits are usually bright. She's generally a very happy social dog, loves her treats and toys and I feel still has a lot of life in her. We follow up with her vet at least every month and she gets a full blood panel every 3 months. All her ranges are great for her age. Everything is stable from August when we got her. Her heart is good, her lungs are good all is well in general. I only wish we could have gotten her surgery to have her spayed (she just started her head cycle last week) and to have these tumors removed.

Is there ANYTHING out there at all that we can ask the vet about or try for her? The issue is we don't know the nature of her masses whether malignant or not. She has several, some visible, some not. But my primary concern is this massive one that seems to increase in size every month. It doesn't appear painful as I can touch and move it without her seeming bothered. It just kills me that she's otherwise relatively healthy still and has more life to live. I'm concerned it will continue growing where it ruptures or gets infected or inhibits her mobility altogether. There has to be something other than surgery I can do to keep it stable?

Any thoughts or advise would be appreciated.

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Arrow I'd increase her iron intake.


Why hasn't her "anemia" improved?

Molasses is a simple nutritional iron-source that's safe for dogs.
I'd get her hematocrit up, & ask my vet to get that blasted mass off ASAP - along with all the others.
So far as i know, there IS NO OTHER option than surgery to remove a mass that threatens to rupture / abrade & infect / invade healthy tissue / limit mobility.

SHe's 11-YO, not in good shape, & while she's a sweet dog, no-one lives forever.
Her advanced age + repro-intact status has done her no favors. . Enjoy her while U can.

- terry

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