Brody1979
I took my 10 1/2 lab mix to the vet today due to I found a 3 hard lumps on him in 2 different areas on his butt/tail area. I have been a wreck all day today and when I went to the vet they took aspirations of the areas and the smears at the vet came back as him having abnormal cells, they had suggest surgery to have them removed which unfortunately will take a financial hit to me but he is worth it. My question is should I have the mass removed first then send them off to pathology for review or should I get samples and to pathology first and wait for the results and go from there. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Sasha
If it was me I would probably have biopsies first and see what the results are. i personally had abnormal readings in a smear years ago and when I had a biopsy it was fine. Call other vets and ask their advice it's no harm to have second or even third opinions when my cat was sick I made lots of phone calls and they all said mostly the same thing which made my decisions a bit easier. I wish you luck and hope your lab does ok .
Annette
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Beaglemomma
Couldn't agree more with what was just said by Annette.  Get a biopsy first then you will KNOW how to proceed.  No need to put your baby through something that just might turn out to be unnecessary.

ALWAYS good to get a second opinion-----whether for your animal or even for yourself.  No DR is infallible.  Learned that the hard way.

I wish you luck and hope all this helps you somewhat.
janice
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JerseyNonna
as Janice said, always get a second opinion.  about 20 years ago I had abnormal cysts that were aspirated and told they needed to be removed with some breast tissue.  went for a second opinion and the specialist said they were normal cysts that come and go but totally benign.  also a non-invasive biopsy of the 3 lumps would be a good idea along with the second opinion.  many vet offices are now specializing in or can advise/recommend oncological vets.  best of luck and many hugs to you and your dear boy.  please let us know the outcome.
JerseyNonna
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maryellen1952
You might also investigate the cost of any impending cancer treatment and the realistic lifespan after treatment.  Last I read the life expectancy after treatment in general is less than a year.   Many of us can't afford expensive cancer treatments especially considering the short increase in life expectancy.  And not to mention the suffering your dog might experience with the treatment themselves.
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