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Old 07-03-2017, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have 6 yr old black lab and noticed it has a large lump on hind leg.I took to vets who advised to aspirate lump and send to lab for analysis,which we did,cost£140.
Three days later the test results came back inconclusive so advised retest £110 or cut off lump £400.
Apart from the extortionate price am I expected to repay for a test that I have already had done??
According to what I read labs are prone to lumps so am I expected to pay out every time he gets one?

if I get the lump removed how long is recovery time.We go for week break with dog in April and dog in kennels in aug so need to fit in somewhere.

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Old 07-03-2017, 09:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I cannot advise you on this. As a rule of thumb fatty tissue lumps are not attached and move with the flesh. They have a distinct shape with the edges clearly felt. Cancerous lumps and normally attached to something and do not move with the flesh and usually have indistinct edges, appearing to gradually fade away at the edges so it's almost impossible to determine the exact edge of the lump. BUT, not all lumps follow this guide so it's not something you can stake a life on.

Actually £110 is quite a reasonable price for testing the biopsy, but my thought is, whatever the lump you are going to have to get it removed sooner or later. It's going to be around for hopefully another 6 or 7 year so will only get bigger, so personally I would go for removal now.

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Old 07-03-2017, 09:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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To be honest if the lump has grown large very quickly as you hadn't noticed it before, then I imagine the vet is doubting the idea its just a fatty lump which most often they are.

I would ask him if he does suspect its cancer with the speed of growth.

If he was my dog I would go for removal, or get second opinion.

Re costs our vet charged £92.50 last January for our Suzies biopsy of her lump, the removal was probably similar to your quote, but hers was a combined dental and lump removal £770, sadly she got an infection so the whole bill for the first 3 months of 2016 was £1332.52 .

Hopefully your boy won't get any more, I know its a shock when they start getting things wrong with them and no insurance, I have 3 and its cost me about £6000 in vet fees for just last year, you have my sympathy.

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Old 08-03-2017, 09:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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For a needle aspiration I find that price pretty shocking, but then I don't live in a land of pet insurance. The last one Carys had was €59. If it was a fatty lump, your vet should have almost immediately been able to tell. Carys also has had others that weren't fatty lumps. After examiniming the sample under a microscope, our vet knew it wasn't a fatty lump but some sort of tumour. So far she's had 2 mast cell tumours removed (low grade, stage 1) and 2 fatty lumps, not removed.

Like others have said, inconclusive, I too would go for removal and pronto. Don't keep prodding the lump either, if it's a mast cell tumours it can cause a release of histamine which isn't a good thing.

Good luck.
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