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DateJan 21, 2022
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
TopicMammary Gland
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Question:

Dog has a big mammary gland that keeps getting bigger everyday I read that if you inject calcium chloride and alchol soltion into it its supposed to shrink the mass

Answer:

No - that is definitely incorrect. Please don't do that. You filed this under "cancer" so yes, that needs to be ruled out by your veterinarian.

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DateJan 15, 2022
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicChest lumb
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Question:

I thank my car has a mass on his chest the side of a half a lemon

Answer:

Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

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DateDec 24, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedication
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Question:

Availability of macivet for dog cancer

Answer:

Contact the company directly for availability of their product. Here is their contact information: https://www.ab-science.com/masivet/about-masivet/

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DateDec 5, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicMedication Disposal
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My cat takes liquid chlorambucil and we have some left over. It has now expired. How do I properly dispose of this? We have never never run into this before because normally we never get to the point where it expires.

Answer:

Since I refer my cancer patients to veterinary oncologists, I never prescribe this, so I'm not a good person to ask. Ask whomever prescribed the medication.

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DateNov 19, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicGrowing spot in eye
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Have a cat with a slowly growing spot in their eye - want to find out how serious this is, and if there's anything I can do. I have pictures of the progression

Answer:

There is no way to upload pictures through our platform. Even if you could, it would be more ideal for a veterinarian to get a live, 3D view of it so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. There are platforms where you can upload pictures for veterinarians to review but they charge a small fee - like JustAnswer.com.

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DateNov 13, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
TopicSwollen lymph nodes
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My shih tzu finished chop therapy for lymphoma in July she has been doing great. Last week she needed to be boarded and get vaccinated rabies bordatella and one other. Yesterday I picked her up and she has a swollen lymph node the size of an almond under her jaw side of neck. Could this be a side effect of the vaccine or has the lymphoma returned?

Answer:

It is probably not from the vaccine - especially if it is "under her jaw side of neck". Have your veterinarian recheck her and they will aspirate it to see.

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DateNov 13, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
Topicenlarged prostrate interfering with elimination of waste
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Can a prostecomy (partial or complete removal of prostrate gland in neutered small breed dog be done in a dog in very good health. I am not completely sure it is cancer and my pet has no other issues.

Answer:

Yes, potentially but a specialist would have to do it - often found at your nearest veterinary school or a specialty practice - this is not routinely done in regular private practices.

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DateOct 31, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
TopicInteraction
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Does CBD Oil interact with Prednisone?

Answer:

Probably not significantly that we know of but the studies are all still kind of new and every dogs situation is unique (what kind of cancer you are treating exactly, other health problems, age, weight, amount of prednisone taking, what bloodwork looks like, etc etc.) so consult your veterinarian to see if adding CBD oil might be right for your dog.

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DateOct 4, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicMammory Tumor
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I have an 11 Y.O F/M Calico Cat. Last year, Developed a Mammory Tumor. The tumor is size of golf ball. Tumor occasionally bleeds with a white head. However; cat is active, good appetite and shows no signs of pain. Photos are available!! Pls advise on what recommendations should be taken?? Regards

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That tumor, more than likely, needs to be surgically removed because it sounds malignant (the size and the fact that it bleeds and has a white head makes me worry more about malignancy).

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DateAug 21, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
Topicgiving prednisolone
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I missed giving my cat prednisolone last night, should I give it to her now ?

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I would need to know a LOT more about your cat to really be able to advise you properly (age, what are you treating, how many times a day, last blood work with liver function, etc etc etc) so consult your veterinarian for the best advice. In general though, if you missed just one dose, you would want to give it immediately, then wait the appropriate interval from the time you give this one.

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DateJul 23, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicAttaching Medical Diagnosis for Review
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Hello, is there an email address that I can use to attach my pets medical diagnosis from the vet fie review? I’d like to have you see his radiograph images and his written report.

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We have no way of doing that on this platform. Try JustAnswer.com.

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DateJul 21, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicLarge abdominal hematoma that is most likely malignant according to two vets
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My Sheltie, Sultan, received the following diagnosis last Friday, July 16th. I would like to know if there’s any possibility of treating this cancerous mass holistically using a CBD product or some other form of natural therapy to decrease the size and growth rate of the hematoma to a point where it can be removed. DIAGNOSTICS: CBC/chem/lytes: see labs: Abdominal radiographs: sizeable mid abdominal mass displacing small bowel caudally and stomach craniodorsally; mild loss in serosal detail overall AFAST: mild amount of hypoechoic ascites cranial to urinary bladder and caudal to liver (unable to aspirate sample); cranial - mid abdominal mass appears cavitary and large in size; unable to assess surrounding viscera. Both vets told me my dog has weeks to possibly months to live. He seems normal outside of the discomfort he’s feeling from the stomach mass. His appetite is very healthy, he still poops and pees regularly, and he enjoys being with the family. Is there a regimen you can recommend that I can try in order to make some positive progress towards changing the outcome of this prognosis? Thanks in advance.

Answer:

You will need to consult a veterinarian that specializes in holistic medicine for the answer to your first question - I don't know of anything holistic that truly helps with cancerous abdominal masses, unfortunately. I wish they could tell what organ the mass is attached to or originated from - that would give you a slightly better idea of prognosis but it's probably splenic in origin, which is usually not great. An exploratory surgery is probably ideal (to remove but also to send the mass to the pathologist so you would know what kind of cancer you are dealing with.) Screening for clotting abnormalities, Lyme disease, etc. are other possible next courses of action, depending on what his bloodwork has looked like.

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DateMay 11, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicDog is shaking and had a cyst at her neck
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My Daughter noticed a cyst on her little dogs neck and when she tried to touch it, it was obviously sore to touch because her dog jerked away. The cyst went down and now she is shaking like she is cold. She doesn't shake all the time though. she has had fleas in which my daughter has tried to get rid of and she has scratched a lot of her fur off from this. She also had a sore on the top of her head and my daughter put antibiotic ointment on it and it is scabbed over now looks like its healing. We are trying to figure out if she might have an infection or something and what do you recommend for the cyst that she had. It is still there but shrank quite a bit. Thank you, Lisa Owens

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Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

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DateMay 5, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicMY YORKIE HAS SOME WORT SPOTS ON HIS BODY AND LEG
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MY YORKIE HAS AWORT LIKE SPOT ON HIS BODY AND HIS LEG. SHOULD I BE CONCEERNED

Answer:

Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

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DateMay 1, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicPain
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Question:

What can I give my dogs she is 11 and has cancer and I just want ease her pain without having to get a prescription

Answer:

Your veterinarian will have MUCH better pain medications. If that just isn't an option at all and she takes no other medications, a product like this may help a little: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Nutri-Vet+Aspirin+Chewable+Tablets-prod12693.html

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