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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My ***** ***** dog who is 17 and female has two large lumps

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My ***** ***** dog who is 17 and female has two large lumps down in her abdomen.I took her to the vet some time ago and said they were ovarian tumours and because of her age and the risk of it spreading she didn't want to operate.Nearly a year on my dog is still here and has a good quality of life but the lumps are bigger and I see a brown discharge coming from one of her milk ducts,they are definitely stretching the skin.I would like her operated on ,I don't want to put her to sleep cause other than this she is a healthy wee dog,at the end of my wits what should I do?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry to hear of this with Sophie. I can understand your local vet being reluctant to operate particularly because there now appears to be neoplasia involving her mammary gland(s) as well.

You can always find a surgeon, however, willing to examine Sophie and tell you if she's a reasonable surgical candidate. You should expect a considerable amount of pre-operative testing to be performed, however, including X-rays of her chest to see if cancer has metastasized to her lungfields, ultrasound of her abdomen to better understand the extent of neoplasia in that cavity, and diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. Biopsy of that discharging nipple is likely as well.

There's little doubt that you're looking at a considerable stress for Sophie and expense to you but these surgeons are available for the determined owner. Please see here for such a specialist for Sophie:

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.