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Old 06-05-2013, 08:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nelle was spayed 3 weeks ago and had no problems except for a reaction to the stitches requiring more anti-inflammetorys. Over the weekend we noticed that Nellie has a lump just above her last mammary gland on the left hand side. She had just been on a walk in long grass so we thought it could be a bite or a reaction.

The swelling went down overnight and we then noticed a lump which is about 2.5-3cm and feels like a couple of marbles stuck together. it moves under the skin, no pain, it is not hot and the skin is not marked. She is eating fine and otherwise fine although maybe a bit tired.

We took her to the vet and after feeling it he very bluntly said 'the prognosis is not good, she either has mastitis or cancer'. The vet thought that she may have been coming into season as she was spayed and this could have caused mastitis. He prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatory tablets and said come back in a week. He also said 'if it's mastitis it will go down, if it doesn't it is cancer'! BTW her lymph node in the armpit is also swollen.

We are now 3 days into the tablets and it has not gone down. We are obviously worried sick but I have been thinking about his language/diagnosis. Surely he cannot know from feeling a lump that it is cancerous??? Surely it could be benign? Or a hematoma, or a cyst? Are these things not possible? Has anyone had any experience of this?

She is only just over a year old so the thought of cancer is terrifying - any help/advice/support is GREATLY appreciated.

ps only reason i spayed after her first season is due to vet advice and policy

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50% of manmory tumors are begnin and yes with out a biopsy it is imposible to know for sure what the lump is or is not.
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Thank you as I suspected. It's just that the vet was so adamant - i"m pretty annoyed with how they handled it actually fingers crossed it's nothing nasty.

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I would be finding a vet that's not an alarmist idiot.

Mastitis is a breast infection. It's not uncommon, especially if she is having a false pregnancy and has milk. It needs to be treated, but antibiotics clear it up.

My first girl Myrtle ended up with a massive breast tumour, which eventually required a tummy tuck because the incision ended up getting infected and my vet at the time was also an idiot and didn't respond quickly enough. Despite that, she healed nicely and there were no further problems.

FWIW, I also occasionally find lumps after they've been in season, which go away on their own. Probably hormone related.

Definitely get it checked out by a different vet, but the odds are against it being something serious.
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Thanks for the response. I'll definitely be changing vets. Out of interest what does mastitis feel like?? She isn't producing milk. The lumps feel like marbles in a cluster - they came up in a matter of a few days at most though. So worried
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The term most often used for the feel of mastitis is "cakey".
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had a similar experience with an old beagle I adopted who had been used for breeding and had a "false pregnancy".

was mastitis ...... lump came about rapidly which is generally more indicative of an infection vs. cancer

agree with soundtrack about the second opinion.

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Nellie's lump had halved in size!! Very relieved it is going down. Vets on Monday so will post the results!

Thanks so much everyone
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