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We have a 10 year old Maltese, Sunny, for an idea on size, she's about 11lb and just a tiny bit overweight. The vet found a lump between her back legs, and says it is most likely Mammary Cancer. It's hard, and not sure he can get enough with a needle, wants to move straight to surgery. The vet said and my limited research confirms this is extremely rare because she was spayed early (I believe at 6 months), but doesn't know what else it could be. We have no idea how long it might have been there. I feel awful that we missed this, but I guess I didn't realize I should be feeling around that area when she was spayed. Thankfully they saw it today while during a urine test! It's fairly large and might be part of her bladder issues, but they did an X-Ray and it doesn't appear to have spread.

Sunny is otherwise relatively healthy for a 10 year old Maltese, still active, and happy (has has arthritis for awhile, we believe, but just confirmed today. No medication, and doesn't seem to be in pain unless jumping off the bed or something).

I'm not sure what I'm asking. If anyone has experience with anything like this. Anyone know of something this might be where we would not want to consider surgery? The vet thought it should come out, even if it's not cancer, so strongly leaning towards surgery. Any thoughts on what might be best for Sunny? I'm concerned especially with recovery or any future complications. I know there is risk to surgery, but as I understand this is pretty low, and recovery should be pretty quick. Just looking for any advice if we're making a mistake. We just want what is best for Sunny.

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Hi - I am so sorry for what you are going through with Sunny. You must be worried. It is great that she is active and happy.
I don’t have any experience with this, but you might consider getting a second opinion at a larger animal hospital where they have specialists. I have found that there is such a big difference between the general practice vets and the specialists at large animal hospitals.
I hope all goes well. Please let us know how she is doing. Sending lots of good thoughts! ❤
 

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Sorry, I do not have experience either. I agree with Kathleen, if you have concerns a second opinion at a university or larger hospital might set your mind to ease.
 

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Thanks for the advice, not sure what it didn't really occur to me to check a larger animal hospital. Very good advice.
 

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An Internal Specialist would probably do an ultrasound---that is how Lisi was diagnosed w/cancer of small intestines. Sending healing prayers & bon courage!
 
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We have a 10 year old Maltese, Sunny, for an idea on size, she's about 11lb and just a tiny bit overweight. The vet found a lump between her back legs, and says it is most likely Mammary Cancer. It's hard, and not sure he can get enough with a needle, wants to move straight to surgery. The vet said and my limited research confirms this is extremely rare because she was spayed early (I believe at 6 months), but doesn't know what else it could be. We have no idea how long it might have been there. I feel awful that we missed this, but I guess I didn't realize I should be feeling around that area when she was spayed. Thankfully they saw it today while during a urine test! It's fairly large and might be part of her bladder issues, but they did an X-Ray and it doesn't appear to have spread.

Sunny is otherwise relatively healthy for a 10 year old Maltese, still active, and happy (has has arthritis for awhile, we believe, but just confirmed today. No medication, and doesn't seem to be in pain unless jumping off the bed or something).

I'm not sure what I'm asking. If anyone has experience with anything like this. Anyone know of something this might be where we would not want to consider surgery? The vet thought it should come out, even if it's not cancer, so strongly leaning towards surgery. Any thoughts on what might be best for Sunny? I'm concerned especially with recovery or any future complications. I know there is risk to surgery, but as I understand this is pretty low, and recovery should be pretty quick. Just looking for any advice if we're making a mistake. We just want what is best for Sunny.

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I have no advice, but can offer prayers.
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We looked into a larger hospital, and came to the same conclusion, they could do more tests, but rather than put Sunny through all that, the suggested thing to do at this point is to remove it and then see what it is. Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. Going to be a long night, the poor girl doesn't understand why we don't give her water, last time she was up all night constantly asking for water. Appreciate the advice and prayers. Thank you.
 

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I've been praying night watch for your sweet little Sunny. I know how helpless you must feel. Asking God to wrap his precious arms around both you and Sunny and to guide the surgeons hands like only He can.....and to comfort you as you wait to have your precious little girl back in your arms.....and of coarse for the outcome. Please keep us updated.
Continued prayers........
 
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I hope all goes well.
 
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Checking for an update on Sunny.....when you get an extra moment.
 

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So happy that the surgery went well, they removed 2 tumors (the large one, and then a smaller one they found during surgery) and also found a small mass of some kind in her mouth, we are hoping that is nothing. They thought they'd keep her overnight, but we were happy they decided to send her home early. She's resting at home now. So far seems good. Sent everything in for testing and waiting to hear back, likely next week, but I feel like it went well. Sunny is home and seems happy and moving around, just moving slow, she did very well.
 

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The test results came back that the cancer has already spread, the breast cancer turned out to be secondary, which as I understand means there's cancer somewhere else, possibly a different kind. I feel happy that at least we did what we could. This didn't show up on xray and no noticeable lumps, 3 doctors and no idea where it is. Not wanting to put her through a lot that she certainly won't understand, I'm not sure what we can do other than be thankful for the time we had with her, and enjoy as much time as we have left with our little fluff. We only pray it's a long time and she will not be in pain! She does seem to be recovering pretty well from the surgery, still not very active, but I can understand, I'd surely not want to walk around if someone cut in to me like that.
 

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I am so sorry. Hopefully the cancer will go into remission.
 

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Just now seeing this & want to respond. . . I am so very sorry about SunnyDog! I know first hand your pain. Lisi was operated 2 X for cancer of the small intestine---a rather rare kind so no one really knows her prognosis. At the last surgery we were advised to "let her go" by the ER clinic that did her surgeries. We have just sort of "played it by ear" and she has outlived anyones prognosis or hopes! She has had some "bad spells" when we were sure we would lose her---but she is not a quitter and has always rebounded. She does not have much energy---can't walk too far, but she loves her "stroller-walks" and letting the wind kiss her cheeks. She loves her food & is the neighborhood boss. So long as we know she has the will to live, we will not give up. If she was in terrible & obvious pain we would not prolong her life, but she still has her spunk!
May God give you wisdom as you move forward---you will be in my heart & prayers.❤
 
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