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PostSubject: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Sat 30 Jul 2016, 3:37 pm

Hi Guys ... we've found a swelling on Poppy on her left side (on the right if your looking at her from the front), almost on her shoulder blade ... anybody know what it could be please?  I only noticed it last night but I'm already going out of my head with worry ... Poppy is my little Princess but she is 13 years old ... it seems to me to be a swelling but I know it could be something much worse ... it does'nt bother her when we touch it so I don't think its causing any pain ... can't find any obvious lump and can't pinch it has only pinch skin / fur but I'm no vet ... She's very much herself and still enjoys her food and walkies


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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Sun 31 Jul 2016, 3:40 pm

Hope it's nothing serious. Keep us posted xx
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Sun 31 Jul 2016, 8:51 pm

Hard to say what it could be. Is it hard to the touch or soft?

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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Mon 01 Aug 2016, 12:49 pm

I will let you all know once been able to take her over to the vets

Its soft Jo...theres no obvious growth / tumour that can feel just soft apart from bones of her legs / shoulder blades

We are hoping its nothing ... hoping that it may be where the boys have knocked her off her feet or landed on her when they jump at door as we come home but gonna pop her over to the vets in next couple of days just to have her checked over
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Mon 01 Aug 2016, 3:09 pm

Bless her - I hope you get some answers soon.

It is hard to tell from the picture what it could be.

Keeping everything crossed for you
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Mon 01 Aug 2016, 7:15 pm

Good luck, let us know how you get on x

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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Tue 02 Aug 2016, 1:35 pm

Yes, please keep us posted

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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Wed 03 Aug 2016, 10:06 am

She's booked in for Saturday with our normal vet . Unfortunately our normal vet only works a couple of days a week now due to illness, she could've seen Poppy tomorrow morning but unfortunately I've got to be at the hospital in the morning (breast scare urgent referral) so Saturday was next opportunity
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Wed 03 Aug 2016, 3:08 pm

Hope your appointment tomorrow goes ok honey

I also hope that Poppy has a good result outcome too

Has the swelling on Poppy changed at all?
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Wed 03 Aug 2016, 6:54 pm

Hope you're both ok group hug
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Wed 03 Aug 2016, 6:54 pm

Thanks . No change hun . Still about the same size . Does'nt seem to be causing her any discomfort and still cant pinch it as such nor can I feel any lump . Hoping its nothing but will feel better once had Jane (our vet) check her over and give her her MOT lol xx
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Wed 03 Aug 2016, 9:43 pm

Good luck tomorrow and Saturday

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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Thu 04 Aug 2016, 8:43 am

Good luck Wendy - hope all goes well xxxx
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Fri 05 Aug 2016, 8:06 am

Sadly yesterday did not go well . The mammogram showed a change in the breast tissue (I've had mammograms done before so they could compare them) so they done an Ultrasound scan where they discovered the inflammed part of the breast the skin is thickened and they discovered a lump so I had 3 biopsies taken immediately and their was a lot of talking amongst myself, the consultants and the specialist cancer nurses (the loveliest medical team you could wish for). I have to go back in 2 weeks to see the surgeon and discuss the biopsy results

Poppy 's over the vet tomorrow lunchtime so I will update you then xx
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Fri 05 Aug 2016, 10:46 am

Awwwwwww Wndy I am sorry to hear the news on your mammogram - I hope the biopsy results come back with a more positive outcome xxx

Hope Poppy vets visit goes well too
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Fri 05 Aug 2016, 10:03 pm

Try to be positive Hun, hopefully it's nothing serious.

Hope all goes well tomorrow xx

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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Sat 06 Aug 2016, 12:52 pm

Not fantastic news over vets today either crying

Vet isn't sure if swelling on her leg/shoulder is pre-disposition of fat or whether it is a Lypoma (Fatty Tumour), it is under the skin between layers which is why its not easy to feel . Vet is more swayed by it being a Lypoma but without doing a biopsy there is no definite way of knowing so basically I've got to monitor her for 2 weeks and watch to see if it grows, if it starts growing that would more a less confirm a tumour and she's got to go straight back over immediately

During her overall health assessment the vet found another Mammary Tumour which I'd missed, she would like to remove the tumour but due to Poppy's age she would want to do a full pre med bloods prior to putting Poppy under anaesthetic . I've got to also watch this, if it gets any bigger then again, got to go straight back but hopefully by this time we'll know if the swelling on her shoulder / leg is growing too so if they operate they'd deal with both issues together .

Poppy being 13.5 years I'm very apprehensive of putting Poppy under anaesthetic but the problem with Mammary Tumours, if cancerous and if not removed it will spread to her lungs so feel like I'm stuck between a brick wall not fair

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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Sat 06 Aug 2016, 4:14 pm

Oh Wendy so sorry to hear both your news.

Got everything crossed for you both group hug
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Sun 07 Aug 2016, 12:27 am

Such a difficult choice when she is that age. Chloe had an op at a similar age, we had no choice as she had a growth rubbing on her eye and she was absolutely fine.
Is she otherwise in good health? Is she still fairly active?


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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Sun 07 Aug 2016, 8:53 am

Yea she's fairly active for her age . She loves her walkies, I take her on her own as shes not as fast as the boys anymore . The vet did give her a thorough check over and her heart and lungs are good, in fact I was told that she is in good condition for her age . Obviously if it's only mammary tumour removal then yes we could take the risk but the main worry is if the swelling grows, if it does it will most likely prove to be cancerous so sadly as other people have said to me, would it be kinder to pts?  That will completely break me!  This could not be happening at a worse time :, (
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Sun 07 Aug 2016, 8:32 pm

It's your decision Hun, no one else's. Would you have it tested even if it grew to be sure?

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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Mon 08 Aug 2016, 9:58 am

Awwwww I am really sorry to read your update on Poppy

It is one of the hardest decisions to make, but as Jo says it is only a decision you can make.

I really feel for you honey xx hugs xx
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Mon 08 Aug 2016, 7:31 pm

Testing was discussed but the vets suspicion is that its probably a Lypoma although testing is the only real way of knowing, at the moment we're watching and considering our options, I don't want to lose Poppy any sooner than I have to but at same time I would'nt want her to suffer, at the moment the swelling does'nt seem to be growing and hope it does'nt *thank goodness*, Personally I hope its just fat disposition, but shes suddenly developed a taste for raw broccoli :|

The mammary tumour is the size of a pea, thankfully thats not grown either, I have to admit I had'nt noticed this one, its on the far end mammary gland nearest her back end, vet did say that would be complete removal of the whole gland same as last time she had a mammary tumour

The vet spoke about removal of the mammary gland, pre med blood screen would have to be carried out before due to her age which I completely understand, but do we risk it?  What would you do?

But as she said about the swelling on Pop's leg / shoulder we'd have to weigh up the risks and consequences of putting her what would be major surgery to remove it which she felt would not be beneficial to Poppy and leaving it in place . Unfortunately whatever it is is deep and only just detectable, its not close to the surface (vet did use a word but my minds gone blank)

I have to admit I had'nt even considered PTS option nor did the vet suggest it ... its just an option that other people have thrown out there :(
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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Mon 08 Aug 2016, 10:17 pm

If it was me and it came to a decisions then I would have the Op.

Do you mind me asking if she is insured? The only reason I ask is if she has good cover why not get a referral to Noel Fitzpatricks clinic?

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PostSubject: Re: Worried...Poppy has a swelling    Tue 09 Aug 2016, 12:49 pm

This is such a hard decision to make - I am sure you will make the right one xxx
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