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Hi all, I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this, so correct me if I'm wrong.

Yesterday I took my dog (8 years old) to the vet and briefly mentioned a tiny black scab around his butt that never healed. He's had it for a couple years (I'm beating myself up for not addressing it sooner) and it's never grown or seemed to bother him much. (I should mention that a patch of somewhat rough skin recently developed a few inches away. Not sure if it's related). However, the vet insisted that we do a biopsy to make sure it's not cancerous. His surgery is scheduled for Oct. 28 (as a side note, I thought biopsies didn't require anesthesia...?). Needless to say, I'm freaking out. I cried all day yesterday and now I can't stop reading articles about cancer in dogs and blah blah. I don't know how I'm going to stay sane until Oct. 28 plus the amount of time for the results to come back. Any advice on how to calm down? I know there are far worse things in this world, so I understand if I'm coming off as mellowdramatic. Hopefully fellow pet lovers will understand where I'm coming from. Thank you all!
 

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Try not to freak yourself out too much! I have been in your boat and had the results go both ways before. The dog I just adopted a month or so ago had a huge lump on his leg and I was talking to my vet friend before it got tested and she said due to the location of his lump and how fast it grew to prepare for the worst. Well the results came back and it was just a harmless cyst. I was in tears fearing the worst when I should have just enjoyed my time with him no matter what until the results came ( I know that is really hard)

The other dog that indeed it did turn out to be cancer, I lost precious time with him already mourning him being gone before the results came back and I regret that because he knew I was upset and it made him upset.

Also, from what I understand from your post if its a small spot that has hardly grown on top of the skin that seems to be something that could be removed way easier than a huge tumor in a terrible location.

Another thing to add, with my dog who did have cancer. His appetite changed, he became lethargic, he lost weight and was slowly no longer my happy little guy.

They are probably going to remove the whole thing and send it off to the lab and that is why he would need surgery rather than a fine needle aspirate since as a scab there is likely no fluid for the vet to pull out like there would be for a tumor.

I'm hoping for the best for you! I know it is so hard to deal with and I'm sending good thoughts your way! I hope it's harmless and your pup is fine :)
 

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We're all wild about our animals and I don't think anyone thinks you're being melodramatic. I would try what KateBren suggested and see if you can move the date up. I don't think I'd be able to wait that long without freaking myself out. I hope you'll keep us all posted about how things are going. Have a glass of wine and try to calm down as much as you can. Remember our dogs can sense our moods and you don't want to freak your baby out too.
 

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Thank you for the advice and kind words, everyone. I tried to set an earlier appointment but there are no openings unless they get a cancellation. The receptionist assured me if the vet was super concerned he would have schedule the surgery right away. Of course I still can't help but worry... now every little bump I find on his body I freak out about, even though most have been there for a while and haven't grown. However, I still plan on having everything biopsied. I'll keep you all posted, but don't be surprised if I post again next week about the same topic! Your words were truly comforting :)
 

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Thank you for the advice and kind words, everyone. I tried to set an earlier appointment but there are no openings unless they get a cancellation. The receptionist assured me if the vet was super concerned he would have schedule the surgery right away. Of course I still can't help but worry... now every little bump I find on his body I freak out about, even though most have been there for a while and haven't grown. However, I still plan on having everything biopsied. I'll keep you all posted, but don't be surprised if I post again next week about the same topic! Your words were truly comforting :)
Post as often as you need. Hang in there.

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Yes - post all you want to! We know the anxiety and fear of our babies being possibly sick - we are glad to listen and comfort!
 

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Thank you everyone for the support. I'm definitely still shaken up, but I'm hoping for the best. It's so small and has never grown or gotten infected or anything. Just please keep us in your thoughts. His biopsy is next Monday and the results will take about a week to get back. I wish it could all be over with already :/
 
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