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Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Pup Posts | 21 comments

Not Today


Okay, well, maybe that’s a little bit dramatic, but I’m super into Game of Thrones right now (haven’t caught up to the current season yet though, so no spoilers!) and I felt it was apt. Here’s why: A few months ago, I discovered a lump on Harry’s right side. Though I lapsed into steadfast denial at first, I finally took him to the vet yesterday to get it checked out. I was (understandably) worried, since both of my boys don’t have the best luck when it comes to their health. Daxter has had two major incidents where he had to be hospitalized, and Harry was diagnosed with canine lupoid onychodystrophy a couple of years ago (an autoimmune condition where his nailbeds routinely reject his nails, causing them to painfully fall out).

Wise Old Man

As you can imagine, I was very much fearing the worst. As they took Harry into the back to take a sample from his lump for inspection, I was already mentally calculating the cost of doggy chemotherapy. So what was the diagnosis?


It’s a lipoma, which is a fatty tumor but is totally benign! The vet said that it will never, ever become malignant, and unless it continues to grow (it’s about a centimeter right now), there’s no need to do anything about it. He said it’s the best possible kind of lump you can have! Hooray! Not today, cancer. Not today!


I don’t think it even needs to be said that my pups are my babies, so I’m very relieved. And this good news comes just in time for Harry’s big day on Saturday. My little man is turning EIGHT this weekend! Whoosh. Time really flies.

Have you ever had to deal with a pet health scare before? Or, more seriously, a real pet health issue?


  1. I’m so happy that Harry is okay!! <3 We are going through a pet health scare right now. We just had to have a toe amputated from Cain's paw (he's our 11 year old Rottie/AmStaff mix) due to a spindle cell tumor. We should know next week if it is malignant and I'm scared but trying to remain hopeful. The vet wanted to refer us to a vet oncologist because the tumor grew pretty quickly, they feared they wouldn't get all of it, but that would have meant a much more invasive surgery that removed more bone. 🙁 We did not want to put him through that, so opted for the less invasive procedure. His surgery was Monday, husband and I each took a day off to spend at home with him, and he seems to be doing very well. Hopefully the biopsy results will be good, but we'll see.

    • Oh my gosh, Dawn! I’m so sorry you’re going through this right now. I’m thinking good thoughts for his biopsy results!! :-/

  2. Oh that’s the worst feeling! I am so glad he’s okay 🙂 It’s so hard to get used to the fact that pets, just like people, have their own set of health issues to battle. I always feel like it would be so much nicer if they could be exempt from life threatening illnesses since their lives are already shorter than ours but I guess that’s asking too much!

    • It’s also so hard because they can’t ever tell us if there’s something wrong. So if they’re in pain, unless it’s debilitating and affecting their mannerisms, we may not even know!

  3. Glad your baby is ok! I know I would be devastated if anything happened to my sister’s dog.

  4. Pet scares are the worst. Absolutely, positively.
    While watching Game of Thrones (go figure), our puggle began… I don’t actually know what he began doing, but it scared the bejeesus out of me. I thought he was having a seizure and my dad just sat there and stroked him telling him it was ok. He just needed to get him to calm down. Apparently, my parents knew it was something that happens to pugs/puggles but didn’t bother to mention it to me.

  5. Wish I could say the same for my Doberman Beau. We tested his bumps on Saturday and one came back as a Mast Cell Tumor, cancer. 🙁 We did surgery to remove all growths yesterday and he is here recovering with me. Fingers crossed that we got all the cancer out and no chemo would be needed. I’m glad to hear your pups are safe though!

    p.s. I also love Game of Thrones.

    • Oh Kate, I’m so sorry to hear this. My fingers (and toes, and arms, and legs) are all crossed for Beau!

      • Thanks Gretchen, I appreciate that.

  6. Yay for healthy puppy! (would you REALLY put your pet through chemotherapy???? I saw my dad go thru chemo and I wouldn’t wish that on any pet. seems odd)

    We just put our beloved 5 year old cat to sleep on Thursday morning. A few weeks ago she came to the vet for a upper respiratory infection. the first course of antibiotics didn’t work and I thought she was on the mend. we went back last Sunday and was given more antibioitics, fluids and b12 for energy. by Tues she was NOT ok and hiding in the tub. We took her to our vet for emergency care Wed night (prob should have gone sooner, but outcome would have been same. she was transferred overnight to an ER facility and after I furiously researched her condition (Pleural Effusion of lungs, heart, chest)I realized that we would have to put her down Thurs morning. Basically nothing “good” ever ever causes Pleural Effusion and we could have spent thousands searching for an actual diagnosis but still end up the in same position. Obviously she didnt have a respiratory infection b/c its highlyl contagious and she would have infected her “brother” kitty – and he is a-ok!

    our hearts are broken.

  7. So glad your baby is ok! Its so tough, we just lost our boxer in December due to cancer of the blood. We were willing to do chemo, but it progressed too quickly. And fyi, animal chemo is a lot less aggressive (it will only ever send them into remission, not cure it) because for animals, its more about quality over quantity : /

    Glad all is good though! And happy early birthday to your little guy =)

  8. Sadly, yes. I’ve had a Rottweiler (Sherman) and a Great Pyrenees (Lumpy) die of lymphoma. I’m not sure if it’s a big dog disease but they both had different symptoms. I’m glad that Harry is all clear!! Happy birthday kiddo!! 🙂

  9. My heart skipped a beat at first when I started reading this post, but I’m sooooo glad everything is okay! I completely relate to you with the dogs being your kids. You know I am obsessed with mine!
    I’ve had several dogs pass away throughout my life, as I always grew up having at least two at all times. It’s really hard to deal with, but you have to know what you’re getting into when you get a dog. Unfortunately, they don’t live long. My guys will likely only live to be about 15 at the very most (more likely 12 or 13) and I just don’t even want to think about what that will be like. I can’t watch Marley and Me ever again!
    Our vet called yesterday because we had dropped off a fecal sample for them when they got their annual check-up. Jackson’s been eating rabbit poop (which luckily isn’t harmful). But, it’s still gross. Especially since that dog kisses me all the time. 🙂

  10. I took my 15 year old cat in to the vet to have a benign cyst removed. On another leg, she had a small scab. I didn’t even know it was there. During her surgery, the vet saw it and decided to get a biopsy. Turns out it was cutaneous lymphoma. She died 6 months later.

  11. i’m so glad he is okay… we will celebrate with the doggy park on saturday if it’s nice out!

  12. I’m so glad it’s nothing! My parents’ dog has those, too. My Blackberry, also a schnauzer, just turned eight last week!

  13. Glad he’s ok!! It is the worst not knowing what is wrong. And they can’t tell you what is wrong. Spoil him rotten!!

  14. YAY! Harry is ok:)

  15. Hi, I’m new to your blog and this post touched my heart. I am a dog-mom, with two spoiled babies of my own. The baby of the two just spent 8 days at the vet for a wound that wouldn’t heal, they had to put drain tubes in. He finally came home on Friday. Still requires some wound care and meds but I think we are on the right track finally. They are our babies for sure and anytime something happens, it’s scary. Prior to these two, we had a terrier mix who just a few months shy of her 18th birthday had to be put down. I’m so happy to hear that everything is fine. Ans Happy {early} Birthday to your handsome boy!

  16. Oh, I’m glad everything is okay! One of my chihuahuas has some health problems…we discovered them when she was nearing a year old and just looked small and scrappy for her age. I won’t get into all of the details but I will say that even though she is 7 years old and still just as scrappy–in a good way–it’s always worrisome. I’m glad Harry is a-ok! And happy birthday Harry!

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