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Old 07-26-2018, 08:47 PM
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Post-lipoma Surgery, extremely stressed out

Hi everyone. I have an 8 year old golden retriever named Jack. I'm really stressed out because of his surgery that he just had today. Jack has a lipoma the size of a grapefruit under his arm. In post-surgery consulatation, the vet explained that she wasn't able to get much of the lipoma out because the fat deposit was around too many blood vessels and tendons, and she didn't want to risk major blood loss without being able to do a blood transfusion (which apparantly they don't at this vet...we didn't know that until she told us that). My brother and my Dad are making me feel extremely guilty. I feel guilty because my brother said we should have taken him to a "better place" and my Dad was mad because he doesn't understand why a vet clinic wouldn't have blood transfusions available. In short I feel like I failed my poor Jack. I feel so upset and guilty for putting him through all that trauma in surgery without much of an outcome. I'm scared that the rest of the lipoma will just get bigger again and cause Jack pain/injury or cause arthritis. They did say that we can take him to a specialist and see if they can remove the rest of the lipoma, but I cant stand the thought of putting Jack through surgery again, or the surgery being risky with potential blood loss/damage to ligaments. Even though the vets did tests and said they are almost certain that what he has is just a fatty (benign) lipoma, my dad wants the tissue sent off for testing and I'm scared that the sample could come back cancerous. Jack is my entire world (like all dogs to their owners) and I cant stand seeing him in pain or being sedated from his pain meds. The stress of all this is killing me and I just want everything to be okay. Does anyone have any advice for me here? Thanks so much for reading through this.
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:14 PM
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I understand how stressful this must be for you. I'd be like that too. I didn't know until just a few years ago, about vet specialists. Which is pretty bad because I've had dogs and cats for a lot longer than that.

You feel guilty because of what your brother said, but you didn't know. Did your brother suggest a specialist? If not then he didn't know either, it's not just you. It's reassuring that your vet is pretty certain that it's not cancerous. I've seen videos online of dogs with huge tumors that have surgery and can be okay. I wouldn't wait to talk to a specialist. It might be better for Jack to be seen now rather than healing and then having to do it all a second time.

Did your vet recommend someone? If not, check around tomorrow and see what you can find out. They might want to see him right away. Your stress and worry is just going to get worse until you talk to someone else. Let them know how worried you are about not wanting him in more pain. They know pets are family. They get it.

I wish there were educational classes for pet parents to inform us of different things like specialists, dogs donating blood for transfusions, diets, dental care and everything else. I personally learn after the fact too often and then feel guilty that I didn't know something sooner.

Please post any new information for what you find out. I'll be thinking of him.
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I would definitely get him to a specialist, you at the very least need a second opinion and prognosis. I would be kind of disappointed with your regular Vet, seems he undertook that surgery without knowing what he was getting into.
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Try to stay calm because your dog will pick up on your stress & he needs you to give him lots of happy vibes especially while he's recovering. Whats done is done, so focus on plan B.
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