Check Your Dog for Lumps and Bumps!

It’s the 14th, and as a reminder, don’t forget to check you dog for lumps and bumps!

How To Check
No matter how old your dog is, please take ten minutes of your time to give your dog an extra special massage today, your dog will love you for it! Start from their head, work down to their toes, and don’t forget to check inside their mouth. Make sure to keep records on a diagram or photo of your dog, that way if a new lump appears in the future it makes it easier to spot. Not all lumps are cancerous, but given the fact that cancer affects 1 in 3 dogs, these ten minutes of your time could make a difference in treatment and prognosis. Be vigilant!

From the time she was two years old, my lab Sadie has been prone to lumps and bumps. Up until two weeks ago, all of them have been fatty tumors, but on the morning that I woke up to the lump behind her front leg, I knew immediately it was different. It’s been two weeks since her surgery to remove a mast cell tumor, and Sadie has rebounded nicely. She even chased a fox out of the field this morning! I’m certain that she’s really tired of wearing the cone around her neck, wanting nothing more than to roll on her back in the grass. The walls of my house are positive proof that there will also be some paint touch up to be done! Additionally, I want to report that I received Sadie’s pathology report today, and the mast cell tumor that was removed has been graded a Stage 1, bordering on a Stage 2.

What Are The Stages?
Staging refers to the degree in which the cancer has already spread at the time of diagnosis. Tumors that are caught early, before they have invaded other tissues, obviously carry the most optimistic prognosis. Stage 1 refers to a single tumor with clean margins and no signs of spreading. Stage 2 and Stage 3 show progressively greater signs of invasion, perhaps to local lymph nodes, demonstrating dirty margins, or presenting as multiple tumors. Stage 4 involves systemic metastasis and carries a grave prognosis. We’re staying positive, but since Sadie is bordering on a “2”, we’ll be watching her very closely, especially at the incision site, for any signs of new growths. In Sadie’s case, she’ll be getting quite a few massages each month!

Thanks to our friends at Chase Away K-9 Cancer, and Cera Reusser, who founded Chase Away K-9 Cancer in memory of her dog Chase who passed away from cancer at the age of six. Cera created this monthly check on the 14th of each month in honor of Chase’s birthday, and to date Chase Away K-9 Cancer has raised nearly $500,000 for canine cancer studies!

Wishcuit proudly supports Chase Away K-9 Cancer through the Love Adds Up and Love Grows campaigns. Download their monthly reminder, and share it with all of your dog loving friends!

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4 Responses to Check Your Dog for Lumps and Bumps!

  1. Tonya Barker says:

    Thank you Kelly-this weekend will be the 2 year anniversary of losing Dakota. She had breast cancer even though she was spayed we had the lump checked out right away and she had to have 3 removed. She was a brave girl!

  2. Mandy Middleton says:

    I sit here this morning totally heart-broken at the loss of my 9 year old blue heeler, Sadie. She passed away this morning, and after an autopsy by the vet, we discovered she had K9 Cancer and it had attacked her pancreas. I never really knew that cancer was a major cause of death among dogs. Just two weeks ago she had visited the vet for her annual check-up and shots and to him she was as “healthy as an ox.” She had so much love in her heart and was by far the best friend I could have asked for. Sadie had no warning signs and up until yesterday was totally fine. Thank you for providing this web site and I pray that there will be a cure found one day.

  3. kel says:

    I know how much you loved Dakota and how special she was to you Tonya. You gave her the very best of care and a wonderful life. Thinking of Dakota ❤

  4. kel says:

    Mandy,
    My heart is with you, and I understand your pain, and the loss that you feel. The love that we share with our canine friends is one of the greatest gifts that we ever receive. Remember through the upcoming days, and as they turn into years, that one thing cancer can never steal from you is the bond that you share with Sadie. It will never be broken, and it’s still there as she waits quietly for you from another place. It is my deepest hope that we will one day find a cure, in honor of those we have lost, and for all who continue to fight. Take care. k

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