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Uncomfortable Smelly Tumor Removed on 14-Year Old Golden Retriever

March 20, 2010
Old Golden Retriever Canine

Tucker's a handsome old guy!

Tucker needed surgery.  Not because he would die without surgery.  Not because he was miserable.  Tucker needed surgery because the smelly lump/bump/mass THING growing under his left armpit on the front of his chest had just gotten totally out of control!

Two years has passed since Tucker was diagnosed with a benign (read: not spreading inside his body) skin growth by his left armpit.  The lump was cauliflower shaped, pink and white, maybe 1-2 inches across.  It really did not bother him, and his human mom elected to leave it be for the time.  At twelve years old, Tucker was not young for a Golden Retriever and his mom felt he would be happier and stronger of she took a “wait and see” approach to the lump.  In medicine, doctors call this approach “benign neglect.”

Benign neglect is a term doctors use when a problem or condition is not life-threatening and appears stable.  It refers to the approach of monitor without treatment.  Most people would call it, wait and see,” says Doc Truli.

Forward two years.  Tucker’s mom was laid off from her formerly fabulous publishing job, she lost her husband to divorce, and her house to foreclosure.  Literally, she was living out of her car with Tucker, and would stay at friends’ houses when they welcomed her.  And the lump grew larger.

skin tumor from a dog

Disgusting, smelly, uncomfortable tumor about to bid adieu!

The lump became about 9 inches across, it smelled infected, and Tucker seemed tired and self-conscious of the stink emanating from under his left front leg. Boy, Tucker’s mom wished she would’ve had the surgery years before.

After meeting a veterinarian who is a friend of Doc Truli’s, she mentioned Tucker’s problem.  The friendly doctor visited her car, brought her non-perishable groceries, water, and gas for her tank.  He shaved and cleaned the lump.  But still, he did not own his own hospital, and Tucker needed surgery.

So he called his friend at Doc Truli’s hospital.  Everyone met and agreed to perform surgery and take care of Tucker’s surgery at no charge to Tucker’s bankrupt mom!  Where do you hear of this kind of generosity in this day and age?

The surgery went smoothly, Tucker’s lump is gone and the skin healed smooth and neat.  Tucker feels like he’s 10 again!

We all need to pull together in this economy.  Life is more important than money.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2014 3:42 pm

    What a heart warming story. It is identical to mine without the kind hearted doctor so the cancer has spread to my sweet angel dog’s lymph glands.😦

  2. September 1, 2014 12:42 pm

    Reblogged this on justhappeneduponthis.

  3. September 1, 2014 12:41 pm

    My beagle has a similar tumor that began as a cyst on her tail and then ruptured one day and this brown thick puss like fluid came out of it. A hole remained and continued discharging would not heal regardless of what we tried on it. It now looks identical to Tucker’s. We are in a financial jam, not sure what it would cost us for the same surgery…can you give me a ballpark, we are desperate! I am awaiting now a whole year to hear from disability decision and my wife is looking but still unemployed. Meanwhile our dog “peanut” needs help that we cannot afford right now. I’ve been hoping and praying for the S.S. to come through but there is no telling with that?!

  4. July 25, 2013 12:42 pm

    I absolutely know what you are talking about. I was feeling alone thinking I was the only one with this problem. My poor poodle has the same thing on his neck and I thought knowing that I could not afford the surgery that I’d had to get him put down, however I just recently lost my father and now my 4 year old son keeps talking about how he does not want his dog to die to. It breaks my heart. I’m so lost and I have no extra money for the surgery but I cannot let this mass grow any larger, I feel like a horrible pet owner. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • July 28, 2013 9:23 am

      Dear Tasha,
      Your situation as a parent is unpleasant, to say the least. Can I say, I have noticed a trend where parents try to protect their kids from facts in life – like death, instead of using certain situations to teach their kids about life and death and responsibility. I know kids are all different, especially in how they react to losing a pet, but if you are honest to the level of detail and communication appropriate for your child (and only you would know), then you can help your child understand what happens.

      If the tumor is smelly and horrible and you cannot keep your pet sanitary anymore and it might even be a health concern for your family, then you have every right to make the decision you are thinking you have to make. Most kids understand if their parent tells them it was their dog’s time. No one said it would be easy to be a parent. Good luck!

      -Doc Truli

  5. cynthia permalink
    April 19, 2010 10:01 pm

    U R all amazing thankz for sharing and for all the hope🙂

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