Bleeding Growth on Dog's Leg is Slowly Growing
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My dog Summer has a growth on her leg that has been getting larger over the past couple years. We had it tested about a year ago and were told it was benign.
Summer started scratching, licking it a few weeks ago and it started bleeding. She took it to the vet about two weeks ago, they did more tests and were still fairly sure it's benign. They said they would have to remove it to know for sure, and if it were cancerous might have to amputate the leg.
She took it to another vet for a second opinion and they told her basically the same thing but more leaning away from it being cancerous. They have scheduled surgery to remove it in 2 weeks. It seems that if they can wait 2 weeks it must not be life threatening and we're still wondering if it should be removed.
Summer does not seem to be in any pain, she walks and runs as she always has.
Oh, I forgot, the second vet put her on antibiotics because it did seem to be infected. That was about a week ago. I have read that some growths on older dogs are normal and it's better not to remove.
I was reading about your salve/ointment type treatment called Neoplasene (I think that is the name). Would this be worth trying? Is surgery necessary if it is most likely benign?
Summer is my daughter Amy's dog Summer. I live in Bowie, MD, Amy and Summer live in Wilmington, NC. Summer is 7 years old.
To be very honest, the cost is a factor, my daughter is struggling financially right now, but even more it seems like this might be an unnecessary or possibly detrimental procedure.
Tom S. on behalf of Amy S. and Summer
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