It's dark red, smooth and round. It's on the edge of her ear.
I took Lulu to the vet Monday, and the vet said she was extremely healthy. But this bump could be malignant, and it needs to be removed.
The estimate: $636, unless I don't get the blood panel and Xrays right away. Includes the surgery and the biopsy.
She told me to look up mast cell tumors -- worst case scenario. (I will not be doing that! I know enough to know I'm scared).
I was numb -- in shock and sticker shock.
I took Lulu to Petco, and bought her treats and some cans of wet food. It was the only thing I could think of.
Then I came home and finished off a bottle of this:
Then I took a drive and thought and thought.
Malignant. Mast cell tumor. The worst case scenario scares the crap out of me. Lulu's young, there's a chance even if it is malignant, she will not have a huge cancer issue.
Then came other questions: is it really a dangerous one? MUST there be a biopsy? What about histiocytoma? Here's what PetMD said:
- Small, firm, dome or button-shaped masses on the skin surface
- Rare autoimmune blistering (dermoepithelial) masses, which may be ulcerated
- Fast growing, nonpainful, usually solitary
- Common sites are the head, ear edges, and limbs
- Occasionally multiple skin nodules or plaques
Do I get a second opinion? Do I take a chance that this will go away? What if I'm wrong?
Lulu, by the way, is completely normal. She stole treats, chased her tail, chased the cats and demanded my attention.
|Mom, what is the big deal?|