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Experience:  In small animal practice since 2003
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My 15 year old JAck Russell has some kind of growth on her

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Hello, my 15 year old JAck Russell has some kind of growth on her thigh ☹️☹️
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice the Jack Russell Terrier had this growth?
Customer: Today
JA: What's the Jack Russell Terrier's name?
Customer: Spooks
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: she is on pain medication as well as steroids. She got couple times recently kidney infection as had blood on the urine, she is getting a bit old and little deaf and not seeing as well as she use to
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  BestFriendsVet replied 19 days ago.
YOU MAY DISREGARD THE PHONE CALL OPTION** Hi, it's Dr. Vaino with Just Answer! I have almost 30 years of experience in veterinary medicine, and I'm happy to help you today. ~Please pardon any typos, as this is talk-to-text~ I'm sorry to hear this about your pet. ***AGAIN, YOU MAY DISREGARD THE SYSTEM-GENERATED PHONE CALL OPTION*** if you wish. If you will note, before we begin, I am prohibited by state law from prescribing Rx items on this platform (we can discuss them, but I can't call them into a pharmacy for you). I am here to answer questions and provide general medical advice only. Please let me know if this arrangement will be acceptable before we continue. Thanks so much!
Expert:  BestFriendsVet replied 19 days ago.
Please send a clear picture
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
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Customer: replied 19 days ago.
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Customer: replied 19 days ago.
We are so worried about her ☹️
Expert:  BestFriendsVet replied 19 days ago.
Thank you. So, this looks pretty small. I have to say that, at this time, I'm not terribly worried about it. Having said that, things that are cancerous tend to grow really big, really fast. Things that are non-cancerous tend to just sort of hang out and grow very slowly over time. So, if in a month's time it's doubled in size, that would be a bad sign.
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
What do we need to do at the moment?
Expert:  BestFriendsVet replied 19 days ago.
If you want to know what it is now, the only way to know that would be to have it surgically removed, preserved in formalin, and sent off to eppes ologist so that they can look at the tissue microscopically and give a description of what they see.
Expert:  BestFriendsVet replied 19 days ago.
sent off to a pathologist
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
She is quite shook and wondering will she be able foe it
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
She already barely moving poor girl
Expert:  BestFriendsVet replied 19 days ago.
The only way to determine if she would be a candidate for anesthesia would be through physical exam and diagnostic testing, such as chest x-rays and or blood work to check for any underlying illness
Expert:  BestFriendsVet replied 19 days ago.
Here is my short list of indications when deciding whether or not to go to ER: unresponsiveness, gums that are not nice bright carnation pink, sudden and prolonged inability to stand or walk, pain when pressing on abdomen from both sides, greater than 30 respirations per minute for prolonged periods of time, respiratory distress, vomiting more than 2x per hour for several consecutive hours, repeatedly trying to vomit but nothing is coming up, diarrhea that is mostly blood, complete inability to urinate, prolonged temperature over 103°F, swollen face/throat (allergic reaction) that is progressive and not responsive to benadryl, known toxin ingestion, seizures in non-epileptic animals, or cluster seizures, and vocalizing in pain.
Expert:  BestFriendsVet replied 19 days ago.
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