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Puppy Has Fast Growing Lump

I bought a puppy from a reputable breeder three weeks ago. Over the Christmas holiday, she started scratching just where her ribs are. This turned into a lump that has grown and grown. I took her to the vet and she said that it was attached to the muscle. She took a sample of cells, and said it might be necessary to do a biopsy.

I'm worried as my insurance won't cover the cost because although she is insured, the small print mentions pre-existing conditions. It seems very young for a dog to have a tumor. I read all the other posts, but the dogs seem older. The vet doesn't reopen till Tuesday and I can't stop thinking about costs and worse case scenario, the puppy can't be saved. Any ideas please?

By Janet from Essex

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January 3, 20110 found this helpful

Janet, please see your vet, regardless of the costs. It could be something as simple as an ingrown hair or infected sweat gland. Don't even assume that a puppy can't be saved from an undefined lump, Janet, even if a biopsy needs to happen: It has to be properly diagnosed before it it can be excluded from your insurance doesn't it? And if not, are you willing to live with that decision?

Breathe deeply and call your vet first thing Tuesday morning, okay? Ya' owe your fur gal that much at least, don't you? Of course your puppy can be saved if you make it your intention to do so. Stay strong for your new pet as she is counting on your care.

If nothing else, please call your "reputable breeder" back and ask if she or he will take back the puppy because you don't want to spend more money on it's health care. Again, please find out what this malady is before you even consider other options. I'm sure you will be glad for the effort. Take care and best thoughts for you and the puppy.

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January 6, 20110 found this helpful

''Pre existing condition'' usually refers to something which has been treated by a vet before insurance was in place. I don't think you should have a problem there. Good luck. Try not to think the 'worst'. It could be something quite simple.

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January 6, 20110 found this helpful

Oftentimes the auto immune system is destroyed after a vaccine. Studied this for years after my step-grandson died 3 days after a vaccine. I would be inclined to visit a homeopath and treat for vaccinosis. Also a analysis from your regular vet to have lump possibly removed.

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January 6, 20110 found this helpful

Call your insurance. This is not a pre-exsiting condition, unless you went to the vets, got the pup diagnosed and then got the insurance. If this is the case call the breeder and tell them you want to be reimbersed for the vet cost. It is probably nothing but it is better to be safe then sorry, a small life is counting on you.

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January 6, 20110 found this helpful

Is your "reputable" breeder registered with canine control council? Phone them with puppy's problem and ask if any litter siblings have have been brought to their attention with same problem. Did you receive papers for puppy? If not I would be sceptical of the word "reputable". Good luck.

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January 7, 20111 found this helpful

Don't assume the worse. My puppy had quite a few growing lumps as a pup and they all turned out to be just fatty tumors. More of an aggravation than something threatening. Just wait it out and don't worry too much, take her to the vet when it opens.

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