I usually dont like to rant but need opinion here on this one. I will probably write my vet a letter but not exactly sure what to say. Maybe he reads posts here and i won't have to. I feel the need to let him know what I feel. I'll try and not make it too long.
Back in Feb. 13' I notice a slight change in my dogs behavior, couldnt put my finger on it, but just acting kind of blah. It continued. Early in April, we noticed a bony bump (asymetrical)on his head. Also he seemed to be a little more blah, losing some interest in playing/chewing toys etc. My vet office had been recommending teeth cleaning for a while so I called made an appointment for the Pre-procedure bloodwork and asked for a full exam as well because I found this lump on his head and I was concerned. At the time I had a few other things going on in my life so I was a little preoccupied.
I brought him in, had the exam etc, bloodwork, and a chest xray due to a heart murmur dr. had detected. As far as the lump he said,"no red flags are going up, lets just keep an eye on it". - I trusted he was truly not alarmed and went ahead with the dental procedure (with 11 extractions including the pre-work up about $2,300.00) The day my husband dropped him off for the procedure, he asked the vet to xray his head, that we needed to know what was going on with this lump. Dr. said he would. Later in the day he called me and said after the dental work was done including dental xrays, he later xrayed his head and that he was sorry to tell me but its bad, real bad. A Malignant tumor.
After the gums healed, about 10 days or so we made an appointment with a specialist who confirmed the tumor and told us there was really nothing other than radiation, which may reduce pain and prolong life for abo9ut a month. And yes, he was in pain.
Three days later we said good bye to our beloved little boy. I looked up on google, bony lump dog skull/head ---basically all that comes up is cancer cancer cancer