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my German Shepard, Yogi, is 4 years old and has three large masses! the first one appeared about a week ago and was about the size of a small baseball on his left shoulder. he showed no pain and no abnormal behavior so I decided to wait to ask the vet once I went in for their annual vaccine appt in another week or two. This baseball sized mass also has been shrinking, it was way largre but recently went down in size. Then last night, I found two more huge masses that must have appeared overnight!!! There is one on his other shoulder that is hard and not nearly as moveable as the smaller one and it seems to itch and hurt. seems more like a sore pain than a sharp pain. It is about the size of a grapefruit but its oval. The third one is on his chest/stomach starting between his front legs ( on the same side as the large shoulder mass) and ends about 3-4 inches after passing his front legs. this one seems to be slightly painful as well. Although, this one is very squishy and looks fluid-like. It is very moveable and looks like an old woman's boob(im not sure how else to describe it), jiggly and saggy on his chest, but it is not firm and not really liquid feeling either. this lump is about the size of the other large mass, maybe even bigger. My dog also had a really hot nose last night and was panting (aka he was most likely running a fever) does anyone have any clue what these could be?? he seems too young for it to cancer or lipomas. also, tumors are pretty painless I thought and do not shrink or appear so quickly? His food diet has been consistent. Could he have allergies to tick bites? I found a tick in the dog room a couple days ago, could this be a major allergic reaction to something? I gave him some Benadryl just in case it was something like that already just in case. i cannot see a vet till Monday because she does not work on weekends or I would have brought him in today! he still is very active and has a normal appetite but does seem to act a little less active than usual.:confused::confused::confused::(
 

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I can only tell you, if he was mine, we would be going to a 24 hour emergency vet, rather than waiting.
 

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I would but the nearest 24hr vet clinic is 50miles away (i live in the boonies) and I have a farm full of animals that need to be fed etc. Also, my 93-year-old mother is with me and I am taking care of her. she is disabled and I can't leave her alone or she will fall and cant take her with me because I cant lift her into my car. I could try to go tomorrow if I the lady I hire is free to come watch her while I am gone! should I? or just wait till first thing on Monday morning? he doesn't show harsh pain and he still eating and running around like usual?
 

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Given your circumstances, I guess about all you can do is watch him closely. If he appears to be in pain, or if he stops eating and drinking, drinking especially, you will need to figure a way to get him to the Vets. He can survive a day or two without eating, but drinking is a different story, as they can quickly dehydrate which can damage organs. Wish you luck, let us know what happens.
 

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ok, will do! so far he has been drinking and eating so that is good! ill post what the vet says after I go! thank you.
 

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well, it turned out that my dog is not 3-4 years old like the humane society that I adopted him from 7 months ago said he was. When I took him to the vet and told him his age, she scoffed. she said he is 8-9 years old! this also meant that he sadly has cancer. My poor (old!?) pup has a blood vessel cancer that is one of the most aggressive types known :( we had the two tumors biopsied today and will know more about how long he has and what I can do to help next week. I am just praying it does not go into his lungs because he was acting like it was affecting him this morning before I brought him to the vet. It is sad that I have only had this amazing dog for so short, it took some time for him to learn to trust and adjust to being in a loving home versus whatever his terrible past was but he did it quicker than any rescue I have ever had. I also have never become so attached so fast to any animal. Our bond grew so quick, he is such an intelligent and amazing dog. He just looked at me one day and decided that he was safe and that this was his home. I am honored to have rescued him even though he was older than expected because, even though he sadly has cancer, I get to give him a happy and free end of his life before he goes off to heaven <3
 

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I'm so sorry to hear that he has such a sad diagnosis. That's also awful that the humane society lied. They're supposed to have vets do at least basic exams and figure out general age before they put animals up for adoption. They shouldn't be that inaccurate so that sounds suspicious to me.
I think I'd be so upset that I'd probably call them and see if they could help out with the costs. Or at least tell them so they're more honest about animals ages for future adoptions.
Regardless it sounds like you're giving him the best possible home that he may have ever had and at least you two have this amazing strong bond for as long as you do. Nothing is guaranteed, young dogs and puppies die as well.
He's in the best possible home with a loving owner caring for him for the rest of his life, much better than being sick with cancer in a shelter alone or in a bad home. Try to enjoy the time that you have with him.
 

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So sorry his diagnoses turned out the way it did. Hopefully he has some time left to be the happy dog he has become since you adopted him. Enjoy spending what time is left, day by day.
 

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The Humane Society should know the difference between 4 years old and nine years old! I'd sure let them know that your dog is twice what they told you, and thank them for adopting out a dog that is SO sick. They have done that to me with a dog and a kitten. Dog died while being spayed, then the HS said oh yeah, she had parvo as a puppy. Grrrr! I have never adopted from them again. I loved that dog and only got to spend a couple of weeks with her. Fell in love when I would go to the kennel where she was being boarded and walk her. Hubby finally let me bring her home. Nobody told me she had parvo. That caused a heart defect, and the rest is history. I'll never forget it. I trusted the Humane Society, and supported them up until that point.
 
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