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My 14 yr old is in pretty good shape... still eating well, loves to go for short walks, has several feral cat best friends in our yard. She gets acupuncture once a week and it really keeps her going. She has a couple of small lumps on her shoulders but I'm concerned with the large fatty lump that she has developed on her lower belly. While it doesn't seem to bother her I wonder if I should try to rig some kind of devise that would relieve some of the droop.... a cummerbund of sorts that would lift the lump a little. I just don't know if it would add strain on her back. Any thoughts?
 

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My 14 yr old is in pretty good shape... still eating well, loves to go for short walks, has several feral cat best friends in our yard. She gets acupuncture once a week and it really keeps her going. She has a couple of small lumps on her shoulders but I'm concerned with the large fatty lump that she has developed on her lower belly. While it doesn't seem to bother her I wonder if I should try to rig some kind of devise that would relieve some of the droop.... a cummerbund of sorts that would lift the lump a little. I just don't know if it would add strain on her back. Any thoughts?
from a physics point of view the only additional strain on the back is the weight of the strap. The tumor is already pulling on her back regardless of how restrained it is. If she is otherwise health and the lump/tumor is causing mobility issue why not have it removed surgically?
 

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from a physics point of view the only additional strain on the back is the weight of the strap. The tumor is already pulling on her back regardless of how restrained it is. If she is otherwise health and the lump/tumor is causing mobility issue why not have it removed surgically?
Thank you! That is kind of what I thought. She was going to have her teeth cleaned earlier this year (needed for the first time) and we discovered she has a slight heart murmur. At the age of 14, the vet didn't think it was a good idea to put her under for the procedure so she isn't considered a good surgical candidate. The lump doesn't impede her movement but as it grows larger it is getting very close to dragging on the ground. She is a very short old girl. I am considering using an outdoor mesh fabric - very light weight - just to give her a little better clearance.
 
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