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donniemorgan, You don't mention what types of lumps your lab has - and there are many. Your veterinarian can test them during an office visit to see if they are benign or malignant. Lipomas are common tumors on dogs which are benign fatty lumps. Other than maintaining ideal body condition there is no prevention. Cysts occur and they are sometime a nusiance. They can burst open and drain. When this happens, I recommend surgical removal. There are also maligant skin masses in dogs, the most common is the mast cell tumor. These should be surgically removed as soon as they are identified.
Dear Anon I like the idea the diagnosis might be allergies which you mention in your description of your dog's condtion. Allergies keep coming back like this problem since antihistamines only mask the signs which return when medication is discontinued. When I have one of these chronic itchers, I call in my dermatology colleague to develop a long term management plan. Did you know dogs can get allergy shots just like people? For some pets this is a huge life improving treatment. See if your vet can help arrange a specialist visit for you.
jasperh Onions and their relatives garlic and scallions contain a chemical that can cause damage to the red blood cells. If the damage is minor, the damage will only be visible under the microscope as abnormalities called heinz bodies. If the damage is severe, anemia will result. Both dogs and cats can be affected by eating onions. Especially this time of year when there is extra food around, be sure your pet does not get into the onion gravy or the creamed onions. Although often worse this time of year, I have seen onion toxicity in a garbage hound due to liver and onions in the trash. Ann HohenhausView Thread
kinge36- a bloody nose is scary, but there are more causes than cancer. Nose xrays are hard to interpret and that is why I will typically recommend a CT scan. Happy nose story was of a Maltese - nasty stuff coming from the nose - turned out it was caused by a piece of Christmas tree snuffled up the nose. Fungal infections, sinus inflammation, weird parasite infections can all cause a bloody nose. It is best to follow your vet's diagnostic recommendations step by step which may lead to the need for a diagnostic procedure such as a nasal flush or nasal biospy.
To Ocala_Sunshire, rockjdog, srstephanie, ponyrun2, Bloat is coming up soon on the blog and I have added lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma to the list to topics to address. They will take a while since I am working on my holiday gift list for pets.
Anon_121485 Pancreatitis is a tough disease as there is no specific treatment to stop the inflammation of pancreas. Veterinarians can mange the symptoms - give fluids for dehydration, antiemetics for vomiting and prescribe medications for pain. Surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a pancreatic abscess that occurs secondary to the pancreatic inflammation. Fortunately, this is not very common and most dogs with pancreatitis are managed without surgery. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Dear gidgetsfriend, Could you dog have a false pregnancy? You don't mention if she is spayed, but if she is not, that might be the cause. Here is a link to a blog on the topic. Hope it helps. Ann Hohenhaus